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Young publishers win entrepreneur award

Young publishers win entrepreneur award
Louis and Sean with their award.
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 by C. Freeman
Teenage publishers Sean Spooner and Louis Porter have scooped a Young Entrepreneur Award just months after starting Corby magazine. The duo, who are both in Year 10, were nominated for the Children and Young People's Partnership Award by several people and received their trophy at a ceremony at Sywell aerodrome.

Louis said: 'The award was presented by someone from Radio Northampton and the event was covered by the Evening Telegraph and the Chronicle and Echo. We were nominated by lots of different people like Mr Barrett, Connexions and the local council so it shows we have already had an impact on the town.'

They are currently working on their third edition of the magazine that will be distributed to local businesses in December. Sean said: 'It is pretty good, the best so far. We have interviews with Kirsty Henshaw who runs a dessert business and successfully did a deal on Dragon's Den and also former apprentice star Claire Young. We are also going to the opening of the Corby Cube and will include information about that.'

Sean writes the articles while Louis sells the advertising space and they have also featured on junior biz, an American website devoted to young entrepreneurs. Sean often visits the site and emailed them when he saw a 15-year old claiming she was the youngest magazine publisher in the world. He provided an interview along with some tips aimed at other young people who want to start up their own magazine. He said: 'They thought our magazine was so good that we were in our 30s!'

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