28 April 2016
An entrepreneurial duo whose business has already achieved a turnover of almost £300,000 has won a year's mentoring support to help it grow significantly larger, after winning Hampshire Chamber's 2015/16 MentorMagic.
Sam Prentice and Sam Mountain of IWaste, a company which enables its customers to dispose of electrical waste legally and safely, beat two fellow finalists to the top slot at the exciting event held at Ferneham Hall in Fareham on 26 April. They will be mentored by Sue Warden-Owen, Managing Director of MHL Coaching, and will receive additional advice in sales from Carl Churchill of Netpay.
Now in its tenth year, MentorMagic is designed to identify promising entrepreneurs and match them with some of the region's most successful business people, who mentor them towards more assured success. Past winners include Jackie Pool, who has since successfully sold her dementia care training company, and Fleur Emery, whose product Grasshopper Porridge now sells throughout the UK in retailers including Waitrose.
Fleur Emery returned to sit on the mentoring panel at this year's event, along with Sue Warden-Owen, Carl Churchill, Sarah Brookes of the Yes Yes Company, and Helen Cawley of D Young & Co.
IWaste's fellow finalists both attained sufficient interest from the panel to gain the promise of future, informal support. Liz Nankivell of Binky Bear and Reese Matthews of Aspiration Hub were invited to meet with mentors after the event to talk about how they could help them to achieve their aims.
After the three finalists had presented, and whilst the panel deliberated on the results, the audience was treated to an inspirational talk from Sam Worsey, the founder of Southsea Bathing Hut, who in just over a year has created a hugely successful business after reviving Portsmouth's historic soap industry and developing a unique brand identity.
The event was compèred by Lizz Clarke, Managing Director of Logical Creative Marketing, who co-founded MentorMagic with the well-known local entrepreneur Colin Potter.