05:41AM, Thursday 28 June 2012
For the second time in a week, Maidenhead business whiz-kid Sam Hargreaves has been praised by a government minister.
Today at a high profile Newspaper Society awards ceremony at the top of London’s Millbank Tower, Business Secretary Vince Cable singled out the gadget recycling company, Gadgets4Everyone for special praise – the only company mentioned by name in the speech to Newspaper Society owners and management and final entrants in the first Local Business Accelerators (LBA) competition, which attracted 3,100 winners.
Shortly afterwards, Sam was presented with the People’s Choice Award and champagne for coming out top in a social media campaign.
Overall winner was The Ilkley Brewery, which will be coached by Deborah Meaden from Dragons’ Den.
Organised by the Newspaper Society, the initiative was aimed at providing a boost to hundreds of promising young companies across the UK through the campaign prize of free advertising in their local newspaper and mentoring from local business leaders.
It was financed by British newspaper and radio-station entrepreneur Sir Ray Tindle, who talked to Sam about his own small beginnings with a few hundred pounds.
The added bonus for former Desborough School pupil, Sam, who turned 21 recently, is the PR he has received and meetings with business leaders who are contacting him as a result, alongside public who want to know about the business he started with just £5,000 savings.
He said: “It has been a tremendous experience and well worth entering. I never thought I would do this well, I have enjoyed every minute. My wall is now covered with certificates which are a great talking point .”
Sam attended the event with his girlfriend, Abbie Young; Jeremy Spooner, CEO of Baylis Media; Martin Trepte, Baylis Media Editorial Director and Business Editor - Carla Delaney.
Sam’s competition mentor, Deborah Wharton was unable to attend.
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