Contest win is huge boost for teenage entrepreneurs

B2B 2011 & SK Pioneers.'Handy Mat. Lr: Jyoti Chadda & Monique Anderson
B2B 2011 & SK Pioneers.'Handy Mat. Lr: Jyoti Chadda & Monique Anderson
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TWO young entrepreneurs received a massive boost on Wednesday when they were named winners of the SK Pioneers competition run as part of South Kesteven District Council’s Enterprise Week.

Jyoti Chadda, 18, and Monique Anderson, 17, founded their business - Cliche - as part of a Young Enterprise project, and now hope the business will continue to flourish as a result of winning the competition.

The company invented the Handy Mat, a device designed to make it easier to paint your nails on the move.

They were named winners of the competition during Wednesday’s Business to Business event, organised as part of Enterprise Week.

As winners of SK Pioneers, the pair won a huge amount of support to help their business thrive, including rent-free use of a property for six months, five years’ free membership of Grantham Business Club and a range of mentoring, training and guidance.

The pair were delighted to win the award. Jyoti said: “We’re still going to continue with our studies and run the business at the same time and see what happens.We’re hoping to get into national retailers and hopefully eventually take it worldwide.”

The pair told the Journal they have ideas for more products that they hope to develop, but at the moment the plans are top secret.

Cliche were among 22 entrants in the competition.

SKDC economic development portfolio holder Coun Frances Cartwright said: “Usually Young Enterprise organisations cease trading at the end of the competition, but Cliche have continued to develop their company and product and have shown huge confidence in getting their product in some of the major high street stores.”

To find out more about the Handy Mat and to buy the product, visit www.handy-mat.com