Tom Webb, co-director of Easy Teasy, took to the stage at the final of the Young Enterprise Start-Up event at the Village Hotel, Newcastle, yesterday, to share his experience of setting up a business.
Easy Teasy was originally formed in 2014 as part of a Northumbria University module designed to give students real world experience of running a company.
The tea business, which is also owned by director Luci Cowie, triumphed in local and regional heats in the Young Enterprise Start-up programme, before going on to win Best Investment Proposal and Best Trade Stand awards at the national final in Manchester.
Tom Webb said: “It was fantastic to return to the regional final of the Young Enterprise Start-Up event and hear all about the great proposed business ventures here in the North East.
“I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to speak to students looking to progress to the next stage in their business as I really believe it’s important to support and advise any budding entrepreneur of the process behind turning a business concept into a fully-fledged company, and the hardships and realities of running a start-up company.”
Start-Up is a programme designed to connect students with opportunities to progress and empower them on their journey towards employment.
Run at universities and further education colleges over the course of an academic year, it gives students the chance to set up their own company as part of their studies, or in addition to them.
The event brought together a mix of businesspeople, industry experts and advisers who were on hand to provide advice to anyone looking to start or grow their own business.
Start-Up companies are mentored by experienced business volunteers, providing a vital opportunity for students to network, gain experience and get insight into future careers.
Denise Chapman, Start-Up and Young Enterprise manager, said: “Tom won our regional final last year and went through to the nationals in London where he took home a number of awards.
“He truly has been an inspiration to the region and to the Start Up programme in the North East as a shining example of what the programme can do for graduates looking to start their own company.”