The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Ayrshire businessman shortlisted for top award

AN AYRSHIRE-based businessman, whose expertise, mentoring and inspiration has helped many young entrepreneurs to sustain their new businesses, is one of four finalists in line for the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) & The Royal Bank of Scotland Business Awards being held in Glasgow on 19 November 2007.

Local finalist Svend Kamming was selected from over 600 PSYBT aftercare advisers and panel members throughout Scotland.

Svend has been a PSYBT volunteer in Ayrshire for six years in the role as an aftercare adviser. With a background in retail, leisure and property, Sven draws on his wide experience to manage a wide portfolio of clients, providing advice and support. Svend thrives on seeing the businesses grow and has been proactive in promoting PSYBT’s Growth Fund programme which supports entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least one year and wish to expand, but are struggling to raise the necessary finance. A proactive ambassador for PSYBT, Svend has also been influential in attracting new volunteers both locally and nationally.

The PSYBT help young people aged 18-25 to start-up and continue in business. A PSYBT regional manager assists with everything from compiling a business plan to securing premises. Panel members then review the business plan and manage the loan/grant decision-making process. Once the business is up and running, an aftercare adviser is appointed, all of whom are experts in their fields. The panel members and the aftercare advisers work as volunteers for the organisation, with the sole aim of helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first two years in business.

PSYBT chief executive Mark Strudwick said: “Our regional finalists are committed volunteers and a source of inspiration to many would-be entrepreneurs. It is thanks to them, and our exceptional network of aftercare advisers and panel members that we are able to offer such a comprehensive service which extends long after the funding and initial support. These awards therefore are a celebration of all our volunteers outstanding efforts to help young people succeed in business.”

At the Awards ceremony the Charity will also reveal the ‘PSYBT & RBS Young Entrepreneur of the Year’, a coveted title and one that over 600 young PSYBT supported businesses were eligible for this year.

The other three finalists are Jai Adami from the Borders, Brian Pattinson from Dumfries & Galloway and Gordon Deuchars from Tayside.

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