Daniel Abberley

Age 21, Bournemouth University

Daniel is on course for a first in his business studies degree and has undertaken professional work experience at Renault UK and Endsleigh Insurance where he was given glowing recommendations.Daniel is a student union rep and a peer assisted learning student leader which means that he has a role in facilitating the arrival of newer students to the University. He was also able to be a games maker in the 2012 Olympics-assisting with car parking at the Ricoh Arena.

Nomitha Gallagher

Age 19, Bournemouth University

Nomitha is a very proactive student, who believes in making the most of every opportunity. She is involved in 11 clubs and societies, including St Johns Ambulance and Christian Union; she helps students in Bournemouth when they are injured, drunk or in need of a chat.

Her course, BSc Occupational therapy, has enabled her to build confidence and the university experience itself has seen her extend her comfort zone to grow into a well rounded individual. Nomitha was in the choir that sang at Britten’s War Requiem at Winchester Cathedral, is taking grade 7 ballet exams and has taken part in debating, young enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Daniel Hunter

Age 24, Bournemouth University

Daniel is an accomplished athlete as well as a dedicated student. Whist studying he has trained over 25 hours per week with the GB Men’s Volleyball Team and by the age of 22 he had received his 100th cap. Daniel made a tough decision to put his studies on hold to take up a phenomenal opportunity to qualify and represent Team GB in the 2012 Olympics.

He transferred to Bournemouth University where he is on course to achieve a first in BSc Software Engineering. Alongside this, Daniel is on the management committee at Bournemouth’s LeAF Sports Academy and he also develops their website. In 2013, he was awarded Highly Commended in a national competition, student of the year, by the IoD and also found time to complete a 60 mile cycle to raise funds for MacMillan.

Erin McDermott

Age 21, Bournemouth University

Erin is extremely creative and energetic. She has achieved a first in her first year studying events management. In addition she also volunteers in more than 20 sports and charitable events across the country. She was a Camp America Counsellor acting as a mentor and rock climbing instructor. Erin is also a cheerleader and has combined this interest with her interest in events organisation by volunteering for British Cheerleading Association events with scorekeeping and set up. Her motto: Be fearless!

Lee Merchant

Age 21, Bournemouth University

Lee was nominated by his placement employer for being an immensely passionate, enthusiastic and hard working individual. His placement at the Borough of Poole compliments his Applied Geography degree and encompasses carbon reduction and involves his organisation of various local businesses to sign up to a Green Positive Environmental Action Scheme and he has also qualified Poole Council to the top 5 organisations in the UK for Energy Savings for an impressive project he has organised surrounding the council’s vehicle fleet. Outside of academic life, Lee also captains a Cricket Club and volunteers for wildlife conservation projects.

Hoda Amar

Age18, Bournemouth School For Girls

Hoda is a remarkable student with a ver impressive academic record, including 11 A* GCSEs. Hoda has a huge passion for Biology and Chemistry and she aims to study medicine-her ambition is to learn more about the human body and to work hard to provide care for others and bring out the best in herself. She is extremely well respected withi her school; this year she is Head Girl and is involved in projects, speeches and clubs as diverse as belly dancing and French Literature.

Harry King

Age 18, Avonbourne Sixth Form College

It was an absolute pleasure meeting Harry. The judges admired his determination to succeed and his work ethic. He is a natural entrepreneur and his involvement in business project which encourage renewable energy and eradicating waste has led to impressive achievements in recycling the school’s kitchen oil to fuel the minibus. Harry is a very committed student and his time spent helping others and undertaking volunteering projects is admirable.

Gemma Lawrence

Age 18, Bournemouth School For Girls

Gemma is inspirational. The judges were overwhelmed by her academic success and how she has supported her younger peers with their learning and development. She has set up music and photography activities and also particularly of note is her involvement with the Young Engineers Club. She has drive, ambition and a passion for engineering and science. She is determined to become a leading female scientist in the field of Petrol Chemical Engineering.

Luke Fribbens

Age 26, IA Digital Ltd

Luke set up his own online business at the age of 13 and has always had a passion to earn money and push himself. He built a fantastic website as his application for the Rock Star Awards which showcased his skills as a developer. In his nomination, Luke’s boss described himself as lucky to work with Luke and stated that he is meticulous, reliable and a dynamo! He has worked his way up to the position of Head of Development overseeing a team. He keeps in touch with Bournemouth University as he believes in promoting the digital industry and inspiring others to expand their knowledge.

Charlie James-Peers

Age 18, Bournemouth and Poole College

Charlie is an inspiring and personable young man, hardworking with a love for learning and a thirst for knowledge. He has a huge interest in current affairs, politics and making a difference. He is intelligent, capable and dedicated and has an ambition to change education to ensure that nobody is prevented from accessing first class education for financial reasons. He is studying a BTEC Diploma in Business and independently studying an A level in Economics alongside this as he wants to ensure he stands out to a future employer. He funds this himself by working in a restaurant-rather than seeing this as a hinderance, he sees this as valuable experience and recognises the importance of a wide range of business skills.

Alice Jeans

Age 19, AFC Bournemouth

Alice has a great passion for AFC Bournemouth and has worked there since the age of 14, selling tickets at the weekend. She is loyal, trustworthy and hardworking which has earned her two promotions within two years, going from ticket sales, to reception, to Commercial Assistant and recently PA to the Chief executive, who approached her directly to create this role. Alice has a great personality, lots of ambition and has achieved so much already at a young age.

Hannah Parsons

Age 24, Forest Holme Hospice

Hannah has a great presence and confidence. She is articulate, ambitious and creative but also showed a very caring side. She has delved into a variety of challenges including The Eventice, a take on The Apprentice where she demonstrated her ability to work efficiently and use initiative. Hannah has also published her own cookbook. Working at Forest Holme Hospice, Hannah overcomes various obstacles in pursuit of building awareness of the charity and meeting fundraising targets. She likes to do more than is expected of her and loves learning new skills.

Catherine Stanley

Age 23, AFC Bournemouth

Full of confidence and style, Catherine is a football and sports fanatic who was designed to work in this type of commercial environment. She showed great tenacity in applying for the role at AFCB, which did not exist before she came along, she has built fantastic business relationships and been very successful in securing financial investments at the club. Catherine is a go getter who creates an opportunity rather than waiting for one.

Sarah Witchell

Age 26, Align

An engaging, confident professional who is tirelessly studying a five year degree course while working at Align to train as a Project Surveyor. Sarah has determination in abundance to make it in a male dominated industry, and she has a passion to promote female surveyors as she has come across very few so far! She hopes to become a chartered surveyor where she will be able to be more accountable and deal with contracts. Sarah is always looking to achieve the best and settles for nothing less.

Georgina Foster

Age 25, Beauxoxo

A shining example of using your passion to start a business. Beauxoxo sell unique but affordable hair accessories. Georgina has an in depth knowledge of her product and her market, and her pieces have been featured in the Clothes Show Live, The X Factor and in every prestige magazine yo can think of, including ELLE and Marie Clare. She has also had amazing success on social media (13000 monthly blog visitors and 147000 youtube views) and generated sales from across the globe. Through steely determination and creativity, Georgina has achieved a lot and is sure to continue.

Callum Cooper & Patrick Marsden

Age 17, Rolltate Roller Disco

Callum and Patrick are aspiring young entrepreneurs who started their own roller disco business. They have two rinks at the Sir David English Sports Centre and 92 pairs of skates for hire. They aim to provide a fun and safe environment for kids and whole families. They have also introduced a snack bar to boost revenue and they would like to grow the business by expanding into other venues. They researched their business, set it up and planned it all, while at the same time studying A levels at St Peters School.

Jarrad Southern

Age 18, The Cleaners Network

Jarrad has a passion for business and is currently studying at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. Leaving school at 16 Jarrad threw himself into work whilst at college, aiming to fund future business opportunities. The Cleaners Network is a website and business card system allowing cleaners to promote their services and allowing clients to rate them and leave additional feedback. Jarred also runs a photography business and is extremely driven and keen to expand and develop in the future.

Michael Pocock

Age 23, Lambert Ward Enterprises

Michael is a returning finalist, keen to show the judges how he has progressed in the last 12 months. He is charismatic, has a great work ethic and an expanding business knowledge. He is truly an entrepreneurial spirit. Lambert Ward is a business consultancy, assisting new ventures to develop successfully. This includes web design, financial business planning and investment. Michael is an Ambassador for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, involved in speaking to other aspiring young entrepreneurs across the country and his ambition is to become a household name in business.

Shane Board

Age 25, Bluenote Solutions & Pop 4 Diabetes

Shane is selfless, resilient and focused. He inspired judges with his passion acting, singing and using this to raise thousands for charity via an organisation he founded, Pop 4 Diabetes. Shane was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10. He records his own tracks and holds events with celebrity guests-all proceeds going towards medical research into finding a cure for diabetes. He also runs a web design business, Bluenote Solutions, alongside acting and singing.

Tom Summerfield

Age 21, UKarbon

A few weeks into his placement year on his Marketing Degree at Bournemouth University, Tom wanted greater responsibility and creativity. He decided instead to build his own business and UKarbon was born. Focusing on the expanding gadget market, UKarbon provides carbon style skins for mobile phones, tablets and game consoles, etc, making them look like they have a carbon fibre case at a fraction of the cost which can be applied by the owner. He has plans to develop corporate branding into the skins. After his final year at BU, Tom aims to continue to be self sufficient and that this will be the first of many businesses.

Sa'id Haruna

Age 22, Bournemouth University

Sa’id is a very caring and proactive individual that wants to give something back. He has always volunteered in charity projects when he was going up in Nigeria, at college in Oxford and now in Bournemouth. Sa’id celebrates individuality and has made a film of internationals explaining what makes them different. He has founded a charity, the Ideal Aid & Development initiative, hosting bake sales, basketball and football matches, visits to orphanages and a summer school to raise money for causes in Nigeria.

Louise Croft

Age 24, Find Me & Volunteer

Louise is a confident, bright and motivated individual. Her inspiration is ‘sustainable fast fashion’ consumed entirely from charity shops and disposed of there again after. She has a first lass degree and runs a charity retail consultancy firm called Find Me, plus a thrifting blog with a huge following where she sells items bought from charity shops for under £5. She has raised hundreds for charities across the UK and was nominated by Julia’s House for volunteering in their shops, graphic design projects and a pop up shop which raised £2000.

Nathaniel Hawley

Age 22, Bournemouth University

Nat believes in empowering people to better themselves. He has overcome issues affecting him including autism, dyslexia, financial and family problems. He is immensely proud to be at university and believes this has changed his outlook on life. He mentors 16 year olds on higher education options and is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador, making a positive impact on the lives of young people. He has spoken at several high profile events-The New York Pledge Dinner, GQ Magazine’s Auction and to heads of companies such as Samsung, Tesco and HSBC at Clarance House. He has also volunteered in Tanzania and Ghana.

Remi-Adele Kaz

Age 17, Bournemouth School For Girls

A very focused young girl, Remi is academically outstanding with a bright future ahead of her. She makes a major contribution to many aspects of school life including the quiz team, junior drama club and as a subject ambassador. Outside of school Remi volunteers at a nursing home, running activities for the residents, and volunteers at Red Cross shops. Remi is confident and professional beyond her years.

Andreata Chipangura

Age 17, St Peters School

Andreata has an extraordinary voice and we have invited her to sing for us between some of the awards. She is studying A-levels at St Peters School and has taken the lead role in various school productions. She uses her talents to support members of the community by working with youth choirs at Townsend Community Centre and was involved in a fundraising project to buy a bus for a school in Zimbabwe. Last year, she was a support act of a series of Bon Jovi concerts and we wish her every success with securing a recording contract in years to come.

Madeleine Roper

Age 17, Bournemouth School For Girls

Madeleine is tenacious and takes the attitude that nothing is impossible. She has already overcome illness which caused her to miss lots of school, yet she emerged with straight As at GCSE. She shows great focus and resilience and plays an active and inspiring role to her peers at school, taking part in Debating, music, the quiz team and she was appointed as Senior House Prefect. A bright future awaits this inspirational young woman.

Coda Fiddle Orchestra

Aged between 8-16

The Coda Fiddle Orchestra have been invited to play for us twice this evening. The charity organisation is based in Boscombe and is a participatory community for young people that has been running since 2004 and is an inspirational and creative opportunity for young people who might otherwise not find the opportunity to learn and play music. They are led by Jack Maguire, formerly of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and offers a scholarship scheme to support the most gifted and committed young players to receive individual tuition and support in taking graded exams. A percentage of your ticket price has been donated to the organisation to enable them to continue growing and thriving.

The Bourne Academy Media A-Level

Age 16-17

We are delighted to be joined by the Media A-Level group from The Bourne Academy this evening. You may have been interviewed by some of the students as you entered the O2 Academy this evening and you will see others with cameras throughout the evening. We have tailored some of the graphic and visual requirements of the event to enable the students to work on a real life assignment which will form part of their A-Level coursework.

Bethany Ansell

Age 26, Lemon Squeezy Marketing

Beth was nominated by seven people, most of whom are clients of hers. She started out in London as a temp, before she left she proposed changes to the company’s website to the board and they took her on! She has built upon her experience to start her own company, Lemon Squeezy Marketing where she handles social media, web and PR projects for clients. For the last five years she has successfully managed the PR and social media of the Dorset Steam Fair.

Scarlett Dixon

Age 20, Bournemouth University

Scarlett has a passion for journalism and held her first junior reporter role at the age of 12! Scarlett has her own fashion and showbiz online magazine which has an impressive following and was shortlisted by Cosmopolitan Magazine as Best Newcomer Blog. Scarlett has a medical condition which may have held others back but she wont let it stop her from succeeding. In her career. She has recently accepted a highly contested role at Vogue.

Jon Ginn

Age 24, We Are Base LTD

Jon is a passionate developer with a very bring future. He runs Hackbmth-a hackday initiative which brings creative technologists together and has created some amazing projects. He is also the caretaker of the Open Device Lab in Bournemouth where he helps other developers to improve their work for leading local brands. His day job is a front end developer where he works on successful websites. He is also nominated in the global Netawards as Young Developer of the year and is working on a conference for 200 paid delegates.

Charley Packham

Age 20, Bournemouth University

Charley is a very positive, bubbly person which will be a huge asset to her career in media. She is interested in factual films and studying TV production at university. She has produced films which have been selected for screenings at film festivals including the British Urban Film Festival,LUC and Barbican. She secured work placements at ITV and has won the National Media Magazine Production Competition at the National Television and Film Festival.

Katherine Pagett

Age 16, The Bourne Academy

Our youngest finalist, Katherine is studying A-Levels for which she is predicted straight As, including media, the she has priced excellent visual work including video and illustration. She loves art and photography and has already worked as a wedding photographer and also sold her own artwork as well as tattoo designs. Katherine intends to travel to Mexico for the Day of the Dead festival. She was nominated by a teacher who explained that she is an inspiration to her fellow students.

Jasper Taylor

Age 20, Bournemouth University

Jasper can’t be with us this evening as he has been selected to work in a team of TV producers at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He is about to graduate a Multimedia Journalist degree and has gained extensive experience in sports broadcast, including interviewing Princess Anne and regular reporting on AFC Bournemouth. His passion for sports is obvious and he has a very natural talent in front of the camera. He has accepted a job with Sky Sports.

Christian Clark

Age 20, Chewton Glen Hotel

Christian works for the Chewton Glen Hotel and is very personable and calm. He has a thorough appreciation of the business and the judges felt sure that he is a true asset to the hotel and his team. He currently runs the cheese trolley, his knowledge is priceless to guests and he takes his responsibility to ensure stock is in place; before Christmas, Christian travelled across Dorset to personally ensure all cheeses were available for the hotels guests. He also bought a selection to talk to the judges about.

Chloe Coxhill

Age 18, Bournemouth & Poole College

Chloe has a real passion for cakes! She has recently secured a part time job at a new restaurant. She is a natural leader, which has been highlighted during her Young Enterprise competition where she was elected to take the role of Managing Director. Chloe is currently looking for a work placement for her next year at College and she demonstrated her cake decoration skills to the judges!

Josh Jenkins

Age 20, Bournemouth & Poole College

Josh demonstrated the preparation of a Gin Mojito for the judges. He works regularly within the colleges Escoffier Restaurant and uses this time to get to grips with all departments and support his studies by gaining the experience. His main interest is the events industry and his unflappable and calm nature is suited to this. He is currently looking for a placement/part time job to add to his experience.

Isobel Kearsey

Age 20, Bournemouth University

Isobel has worked within hospitality since she was 13, working within a family run wedding business. She achieved a First during her first year at university and a commendation. She loves event planning and has secured a highly contested job at Hampton Court, where she will be assisting with the launch of a brand new restaurant. Isobel has a tenacious nature and her passion for hospitality shines through.

Conor Poulton

Age 18, Bournemouth & Poole College & FJB Hotels

Conor has been working at Sandbanks Hotel since 2010. Since joining, he has worked within various teams and has always put in 100% effort. Conor likes to challenge himself, improve his skills and learn as much as he can. Conor has a passion for the hotel industry and takes a very studious approach. As well as his day job, Conor is studying Hospitality at Bournemouth & Poole College.

Thomas Quy

Age 21, The Captains Club Hotel

He is so passionate about cocktails and delivering great customer service to his guests at all times, Thomas has worked his was up from glass washer to bar supervisor at Captains Club. He is a very grounded, humble and likeable person. He came second in his firs ever cocktail competition and is always looking for ways to improve his skills and grow his knowledge. He gets involved with local events including Christchurch Food Festival and his ultimate goal is to own his own bar one day.

Stephanie Bamber

Age 26

Stephanie has great initiative and the judges were impressed with her ability to react to different situations in a professional manner. She is very self motivated and has a natural ability to lead others. Her greatest accomplishment to date is her Duke of Edinburgh awards and she has also attained a Best Endeavour Award whilst completing work experience in restaurants and is looking for an opportunity to take her career in a different direction.

Jordan Baker

Age 19

Jordan is a people person. He has worked within retail for a number of years and his customer service and logical thinking allowed him to progress within the companies that he has worked. Jordan was able to travel for a year in Australia on his own where he was able to secure work, accommodation and build a network of friends. He is a hard worker and a highly organised, quick learner who can work well under pressure. Jordan is hoping to find a position which challenges him to reach his full potential and enables him to learn, adapt and excel.

Rowan Lee

Age 24

Rowan is fantastic with figures, he has a logical mind and he loves working with numbers. His passion for working shines through and he is able to apply great customer service skills while adhering to the restrictions of a highly regulated sector. If anything, Rowan underestimates his skills and he deserves a chance to progress. He has learned to play the guitar and he writes songs and short films.

Rachel Benjamin

Age 23

Rachel was described by the judges as one of the nicest people they had ever met! She presents herself very professionally and has a caring nature. She is very modest about her achievements, describing herself as patient, responsible and someone who enjoys being busy. In her current role, as a support assistant in a care home, she was able to explain several examples of situations where she has reacted quickly and responsibly. Rachel enjoys working in a team and is hoping to start a new career in an office environment which allows her to progress further in the years ahead.

Morelle Pierson

Age 26

Morelle interviewed extremely well, she is due to complete her A levels shortly, but throughout her studies, she has worked in customer service as well. She demonstrates a great work ethic and a variety of skills. Morelle is a ‘do-er’, she thrives on learning new skills and likes to go above or beyond expectations whenever possible. Morelle has organised a large promotional dinner for 100 people and achieved an international communications Excellence award. Her confidence and tenacity shine through and she is hoping to expand her current skills in a new role that challenges her to the full.

Alan & Thomas Insurance Group

Committed to providing staff with career progression opportunities, 26 of the Alan & Thomas team have achieved CII qualifications, all supported by the business and they run an in-house training academy, undertake motivational mapping and have sponsored staff on industry programmes. In commitment to the development of young people, they run an apprenticeship programme for school leavers and an academy program for there Brokerbility Group, allowing school leavers access to degree level qualifications as well as practical on the job experience.


One of Dorsets great success stories, the business has seen huge growth in recent years. However, C4L never loses focus on its people. They are accredited as a living wage employer and have an investors in people accreditation. Regardless of role, employees can undergo training to develop technical, professional and team work skills. They work closely with Bournemouth & Poole college to recruit apprentices and offer varied levels of training to continue development. They encourage a culture of excellence, investing heavily in external qualifications-they have supported 50% of their staff to achieve at least one professional qualification.

Hadland Care Group

Consisting of 3 companies, Aspire Training, Tops Day Nurseries and Reside Care Homes, the Hadland Care Group employs 646 people. They work hard to ensure each is trained, supported and valued. With a number of staff starting from the age of 16, they give the utmost care, attention and entail into every individuals training plan. The care homes and nurseries provide full, onsite training by accredited awarding bodies. They link with schools and education boards, offering a chance to those who may not necessarily learn in the conventional way, helping them to thrive, succeed and develop a great career.


Innovation, creation and transformation is the company ethos. Health-On-Line employ 305 people, 79 of which are ahed 18-25. Another big Dorset success story, they have achieved impressive growth but have taken the time to invest in their people and offer a fantastic place to work due to the opportunities, training and progression available. They have an academy to nurture their staff and understand the value of training; employees receive one to ones, coaching and group training. Wellbeing is also viewed as very important as they have a reflexology masseuse that visits regularly. Despite considerable business transformation, they have created a nurturing, encouraging and expert environment in which their staff thrive.

Kondor Ltd

Kondor is the leading specialist provider of mobile and consumer electronic accessories into the UK and European markets and are listed in the top 250 growth companies in the UK. Working for Kondor is equally as exciting. They offer so many success stories of progression from across their business and they pride themselves on developing employees and recognising talent. One example of this is a member of the team that started in the warehouse, he was trained and encouraged and Kondor invested in his progression. He was given the opportunity to start the audio part of their business which now makes up over half of the total revenue. He says what he likes about Kondor is ‘that they focus on the strengths of a person and allow their role to be defined by these strengths’.

PamPurred Pets

Pampurred pets are committed to their staff and take care to provide the vert best training and support to everyone. Almost half of their work force are under 24 and they take the responsibility of employing a high number of young people very seriously, offering consistent training, encouragement to progress and support to their staff. They give each person a specific tailored training programme as well as mentoring and career development. They place strong. Emphasis on promoting from within and do their utmost to ensure that every employee is given the opportunity to build a rewarding career.

Pennyfarthing Homes

Pennyfarthing homes pride themselves on developing their staff to achieve their full potential. They have transformed receptionists into technical managers and trainees into chartered surveyors. With their industry they are truly innovative and encourage their staff to develop by investing in NVQs and specialist external training. They are keen to ensure their industry remains fully skilled and take on apprentices and trainees, investing in them and supporting them to not only gain qualifications but experience and a prosperous career.

Teachers Building Society

Teachers train and develop their staff as well as investing heavily in employee engagement. They do this with a variety of offerings including ‘employee of the month’, ‘free fruit fridays’, ‘cash back health scheme’ and ’35 days holiday’ to name but a few. They understand that their staff are their biggest asset and they do everything in their power to retain, up skill and develop them for the long term. They also support the local community and invest in our stars of the future by linking with local schools and working with students in a variety of ways such as job shadowing, mentoring and career guidance.

We Are Base Ltd

An innovative, entrepreneurial business established 5 years ago. They have created a culture of empowerment, recognition and development. Emphasis is placed on staff training, gaining qualifications and listening to career development needs. They launched the UKs biggest open device lab of over 250 devices giving their team the opportunity to develop and test the latest technology. They also work tirelessly with education authorities to give young people entering the workforce an opportunity in this ever growing sector, offering a 12 month mentoring programme. Tom Quay, Managing Director is a true inspiration; his enthusiasm for his business, its employees and the industry are infectious.