Exmouth Business Awards 2018: award recognises town's 'hugely talented' young entrepreneurs
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 May 2018
Many Exmouth Business Awards sponsors have a particular passion for the category they supporting, a that is certainly the case for Nigel Wilkinson, managing director at WNW Digital.
He explained why it has been ‘his pleasure’ to sponsor the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category each year, since the awards began in 2011.
He said: “We are very lucky to have some hugely talented young people in Exmouth, many of whom don’t always get the support they deserve.
“I’m passionate about supporting youth in business in the town;
“Whether that’s helping the Community College Entrepreneur club, giving students work experience or sponsoring the Chamber Young Entrepreneur Award.
“One of the delights of our involvement has been seeing the growth of some of the companies that have gone onto win. “Companies Like Grooming Marvellous, Party Wiz, I.Nova, Blissful Beauty and The Cake Lady, have all won the award and gone on to build fantastic businesses that make Exmouth proud.”
Nigel believes the event also offers business owners a rare opportunity to gain recognition for the ‘hard work and long hours’ they invest – particularly young entrepreneurs and small, start-up businesses.
This is the first year Nigel hasn’t been involved in the judging process and he says this means he is ‘as excited as everyone else’ to find out who has won.
He is looking forward to the ‘excitement, anticipation and delight’ as the awards are presented at this year’s ceremony, as well as everything else the evening has to offer.
“The glamour, the camaraderie, the competition, wonderful food, great fun, good music and entertainment, I love every aspect,” he said.
And for his own business, Nigel said the awards are useful in a variety of ways.
He said: “It keeps my business in front of my target customers, via the pre-Awards publicity, the social media visibility and the networking at the events.
“It’s also important to put back into the Community and this is a great way to support the next generation of business owners.”
Nigel said he wished the ‘best of luck’ to all short-listed businesses, particularly those in the Young Entrepreneur category.