SIX budding business owners have each taken a slice of a £21,000 fund designed to help young entrepreneurs.
The funding winners, which include a clothing designer, video producer and a pair of communications specialists, will get the money from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s young entrepreneur fund.
One of the recipients is 19-year-old Mauro Farmhouse, from Portsmouth, founder of street-life clothing brand Chasing Mula.
Mr Farmhouse received £5,000 from the fund to start his fashion label.
He said: ‘The idea for my business comes from my love for fashion, and the young entrepreneur fund seemed like the perfect opportunity to get it started.
‘The funding is helping me progress my business with promotion and marketing, and to build the brand quickly.
‘It helps that I’m really passionate about my business, otherwise it would just feel like a job.’
Another recipient was 18-year-old Luke Parker from Fareham.
His business, ALL7 Productions, offers a videography service.
Mr Parker said: ‘Most of my work is currently based around corporate videos, where I produce videos of events, meetings and product videos.’
Other recipients included Lewis Tribble and Joe Stickler, from Gosport, who started a business-to-business communications company, and Bryony Gordon, of Southampton, who is developing a directory app for creative industries.
The recipients were revealed at an event at Southampton Solent University last week.
An extension of the scheme was also announced, and another £35,000 is now up for grabs. To find out more about how to apply, call Solent LEP on (023) 9268 8924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.