Oldham College Students shortlisted for Aspiring Entrepreneur Award

Posted on: 18 March 2016

Two budding Oldham College entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for The University of South Wales (USW) Making Business Happen Awards.

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students, Gemma Rothwell and Eric Bishyika are competing against eight other finalists to win the Aspiring Entrepreneur Award.

The Making Business Happen Awards gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to operate in a real-world setting and prove their abilities. The winners will each receive business mentoring and support from the USW Business School with the top spot taking home a share of £3,000.

Second place will receive a share of £1,500 and third place £500. Gemma is the owner of a mobile photography business, Gem Photography. She says of the venture, “I wanted to have a mobile studio because people feel more relaxed at home rather than going to a professional studio. It also makes me unique as there are no other companies, in the Oldham area, which solely concentrate on mobile photo shoots.”

Eric owns SW Clothing, a bespoke street wear brand. He wants his website “To be a one stop shop for teenage trendy fashion. At present there isn’t a clothing site that caters for small, quirky street wear brands and I want to be the main online retailer that supports small brands and gives them a platform to sell their products.”

The winners will be announced on 22 March 2016.

For more information about the awards, visit: www.uswbusinessawards.co.uk/aspiring-entrepreneurs-award