Young entrepreneurs Sean Spooner and Louis Porter are celebrating the first anniversary of their publication, Corby Magazine, by running a seminar to inspire other youngsters to start their own businesses, as well as being nominated for a local award.
The duo set up the enterprise a year ago and since its first print run of 200, it has expanded to 1000 copies, featuring news and interviews about the town. Now Sean and Louis have been nominated for a 'Spirit of Corby' award, and they are also inviting applications from local secondary students for a place at ML Generation, a day-long business workshop.
Places have been earmarked for two students from each of the four secondary schools in Corby. The event, which runs on Tuesday 28 June, will feature talks by former Brooke Weston student Christian Owens who hit the headlines when his fledgling business, Branchr, made a million pounds in sales. Others include Andrew Brackin, the founder of Tune Bundle, and Ian McGregor of Bookmark PR.
Sean said: ‘We are delighted that our first year has been so successful and that we have been nominated for a Spirit of Corby award. We set up the business seminar to mark our first anniversary and to let others know that having a business at our age can be an achievable objective. Our speakers will talk on themes such as marketing, branding and the importance of having an online presence. They will act as mentors to help the young people formulate and pitch a business plan. The best one will win a bundle of prizes. We are aiming to give students in Years 8 to 11 the chance to see what real life business is like.'
To apply for a place at the event you must be aged between 13 and 16, attend a Corby school and live in the borough of Corby or surrounding villages. The application form is on the ML Generation website.
To vote for Sean and Louis in the Spirit of Corby Awards go to the voting page at Corby Borough Council.