Katie’s ideas are a money-spinner

Pcitured at the awards night, from left to right, are: Hallam FM presenter Olly Hayes, Grand Idea winner Katie Hirst and College Principal Paul Townsley.
Pcitured at the awards night, from left to right, are: Hallam FM presenter Olly Hayes, Grand Idea winner Katie Hirst and College Principal Paul Townsley.

BRIGHT spark Katie Hirst has won a cash prize in a Dragons Den style competition to find the area’s best young businessmen and women.

The 16-year-old, from West Melton, walked home with £1000 after scooping first prize in Hallam FM’s Grand Idea competition.

The competition challenged entrants to come up with inventive ways of how to use the money if they won. And Katie’s plan to use it to set up her own jewellery and accessories business was deemed the best.

Currently studying Art, English and Sociology at Thomas Rotherham College, she said she will now use the £1000 prize to buy further materials to extend her product range.

She received her award during a recent open evening at Dearne Valley College, hosted by Principal Paul Townsley and representatives from Hallam FM.

Other finalists were Samantha Johnson, 26, from Sheffield, who wanted to use the money to develop her business of taking native wildlife into schools to educate children about conservation.

James Scholes, 24, a rapper going by the name of JAY ESS from Doncaster, planned to use the cash to invest in a computer, software and hire studio time in order to record a demo CD of his work.

Although they were close runner-ups and so missed out on the main award, Hallam FM have offered Samantha their assistance with contacts at schools across South Yorkshire. And James is happy to be granted sessions with a producer at the station’s recording studio.