On Tuesday 24th March I went to Westminster to be part of the judging panel for the Enterprising Young Brits Awards 2009. The annual competition is open to anyone aged 30 or under who has made their idea happen in an new, innovative or inspiring way. Twenty finalists had been chosen, and it was just so hard to pick winners for each of the five categories, but absolutely amazing to see how young people are taking the lead and creating a world of possibilities, despite all the negative talk about the economy. It was so encouraging seeing such great ideas and creativity from children as young as 14. I also really enjoyed meeting Alistair Darling, who presented the awards, and Miles Templeman, the Director General of the Institute of Directors.
Below are pictures of me with the winners, the other judges and Alistair Darling, and also with Adam Duffy, who won the Creative category, with his customisable fashion footwear business, Looks Can Kill.
And then on the 21st April I’m back in London for the ‘Make Your Mark with a Tenner’ awards lunch. The young winners of the enterprise scheme, who achieved the most profitable, innovative and socially responsible business ideas, will be there, as will my favourite ‘Dragon’, Peter Jones! I had a great time helping launch the campaign in January, and it’s an honour to be invited to this celebration of young business talent networking opportunity.
I am also having lots of meetings with people who are either looking for someone to speak to various different young and business-orientated groups, or are keen to talk directly with me about the best and most profitable way to approach property investing in the current market, and I have to say, I’m thoroughly enjoying each and every one.
Until the next update remember that “You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.” Take the lead, and try to make a difference and be an inspiration to someone every day.