Football Squirts® offers unique football courses for children between the ages of 2 - 6 years old. The structured courses are designed to teach young children the fundamentals of football in a controlled and safe environment with the emphasis being on fun and enjoyment.
IWCYC Entrepreneur of the year 2012
Run by the Entrepreneurs' Forum, the Challenge is in its fifth year and has supported hundreds of emerging business owners who entered, setting them on a shortcut to success through an online community.
As The Journal's winner, Matthew will receive a bespoke package of critical financial and legal advice tailored to his aims and ambitions from Eversheds, PwC and Yorkshire Bank.
IWCYC Final two
TWO people behind innovative businesses are vying to be named the North East’s most promising new entrepreneur after winning the first stage of the If We Can You Can Challenge 2012.
Matthew Lawn, whose Football Squirts company offers coaching for young children, and Susan Laurie, who has developed a clothing product for women called SmoothGroove, will now go head to head in a month-long public vote, which opens today. The ballot gives people across the region the chance to get involved in choosing the winner by supporting their favourite and taking 30 seconds to vote for them at www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk/challenge before May 10.
The finalists had earlier beaten off competition from other new entrepreneurs to win the coveted opportunity to pick the brains of five business leaders, including John Wall, chairman of Prince’s Trust, Guy Letts of CustomerSure and The Journal’s 2011 IWCYC winner, and Sarah Holmes, of Ringtons, in presentations held at The Journal’s office in Newcastle.
Lawn, of Seghill, Cramlington, and Laurie, of Lintzford, Gateshead, were among five entrants to reach the shortlist stage of the Challenge, run by The Entrepreneurs’ Forum
They impressed the panel so much with their vision, passion and determination to grow their businesses that they were chosen as The Journal’s two finalists. The Challenge is designed to set potential stars on a shortcut to success by exposing them to professional expertise and a host of inspirational business leaders.
It is supported by Eversheds, PwC and Yorkshire Bank and was open to anyone thinking of starting a business, running their own business or expanding an existing enterprise.
The winner, based on a 50/50 split of judges’ scores and the thousands of on-line votes cast, will be announced at an awards dinner following The Entrepreneurs’ Forum annual business conference at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, on May 17. They will be awarded a bespoke package of support provided by The Entrepreneurs’ Forum and its partners Eversheds law firm, professional services firm PwC and Yorkshire Bank.