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Rotherham's Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Announced

posted 16 Nov 2017, 02:02 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 02:02 ]
The founder of town centre-based Holy Ghost Tattoo Collective, Emily Dawson, has won the coveted Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a top prize of £1,000, following a ceremony at the LEAF Event on Monday.

Keith Williams of UK Steel Enterprise who presented the award said that Emily had stood out for her customer service and ethical approach, and showed the panel how the business had created a place of work for others.

Now in its twelfth year, the event - hosted by Rotherham Youth Enterprise and UK Steel Enterprise - recognises the achievements of business owners aged 18 to 30, highlighting the talent and overwhelming entrepreneurial spirit of young people in Rotherham.

Based in the historic Imperial Buildings, Emily – the town centre's first female tattoo artist - manages a tattoo studio offering fully custom designs drawn by each artist on the team in their own individual style. The studio also hosts guest artists from up and down the country offering customers an even greater selection of looks to choose from.

Emily said: "Tattooing is often not portrayed in a great light so I am over the moon that my business has been recognised not once, but twice in these awards.

"I wanted to be a tattoo artist from a very early age and have faced a lot of criticism and gender discrimination throughout my career. I put every penny I had into setting up Holy Ghost Tattoo Collective and I am extremely proud of both the studio that I have created and the industry in which I work."

The studio opened in 2013 in the Imperial Buildings and Emily has plans already in place to open a second studio in the Old Town Hall soon, to enable the business to offer more services and products to an ever increasing customer base.

Tom Ridgeway (25) of Cutthroats Barbershop was named the winner in the Business Most Determined to Succeed category, sponsored by the University Centre Rotherham. The judges highlighted that Tom was a shining example of a young entrepreneur who was committed to shaping the future with an inclusive approach to business.

The business judged to have the Best Online Presence, was Dynomodels and the winner of the Best Customer Service category was Lucy Hornsby (19) of Lucy Amber Lingerie. In a new category, Sam Wilkinson and Luke Bell of Postify were the winners for the Best Pitch.

The remaining finalists were highly commended - Jordan Mangnall (20) of Jaded Heart Ltd; Abby Johnson (27) of Edit Salon; Amy Walker (25) of Ye Old Yorkshire Preserve Shoppe; and Katie Ferrie (25) of Knead Bakery.

Darren McDool, business coach from Rotherham Youth Enterprise, said: "The calibre of candidates that entered this year has again been exceptional. We had a fantastic mix of creative new start-ups and established growing businesses, representing the increasing number of entrepreneurial young individuals in our region."