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Future Faces Awards 2017: Entrepreneurship

08 September 2017

Ahead of the third annual Future Faces awards and dinner, we take a look at the young professionals who have been nominated in the seven main categories.

Today the candidates in the Future Face of Entrepreneurship category are in the spotlight.

Future Faces – the young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce – is holding its awards ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday 15 September.

Anna Assinder, Future Faces manager, said: “We wish all of our candidates the best of luck and look forward to celebrating their achievements on the night.”

The Future Face of Entrepreneurship award is sponsored by RSM.

The nominees are:

Daniel Bridgewater - Buckt
Just over five years ago, Daniel was unemployed, on Job Seekers Allowance, with little idea about his future career direction.

Through sheer determination, he successfully launched two businesses, became a trustee of national charities and a committee member for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Daniel is the founder and chief executive of Buckt, the UK’s only tickets and activities subscription box.

Every other month, subscribers get eight to 10 mystery things to do in their region – including tickets to top attractions and events - delivered to their door in a Buckt Box.  

Joe Kibbler - Icarusparts.com
In 2016, Joe founded icasursparts.com – a platform enabling customers to have transparency and control in completing car repairs.

With customers choosing a car parts from brands based on their budget and then selecting a fully independent garage to fit the part for them, they can see clearly how much they are being charged for parts and labour.

More than 20 garages in the Birmingham area have signed up to icarusparts.com, and Joe has also negotiated with several manufacturers to source the car parts.

Joe, who graduated from University of Birmingham with a Masters in International Business, previously worked as a strategy analyst for automotive firms Delphi and Jaguar Land Rover.   

Angus Drummond - Limitless Travel
Angus formed Limitless Travel on the back of his own experience of travelling the world with a disability.

After being diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy in his early 20s, he quit his job in investment banking to go travelling – but quickly discovered the problems those with disabilities face when going on holiday.

Limitless Travel was born in August 2015, providing holidays, tours, accommodation and travel for people living with disabilities.

In a short space of time, the company has enabled more than 100 people to go on holiday, who would otherwise have been unable to.  

Matthew Jones - Oxbridge Home Learning
Matthew launched Oxbridge Home Learning – an specialist online learning business – in 2015.

Oxbridge Home Learning helps people of all ages and backgrounds access a variety of educational courses, from bookkeeping to childcare.

The firm provides fully accredited, industry-recognised courses with great flexibility and with all of the materials required to complete them.

Matthew supports a number of charities and good causes, and is also about to begin training for an aeroplane pilot's license. 

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