The Oracle finds its young entrepreneur

A YOUNG entrepreneur of the future is on his way to establishing his media empire after winning The Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge

Joseph Pegler, 21 of Bispham, survived a grilling by a Dragons’ Den style panel to earn himself £1,000 and six months’ free office space at The Oracle on St Annes Road. Joseph wowed the judges with his idea to launch a business showcasing local artists, writers and to stage exhibitions with an online agency.

He said: “It has been an interesting and very exciting process to get through the introductory seminars and two pitches we had to make to the experts.

“It is great to see all the effort I have put in, to get this far, being recognised, and to see it pay off. My plan now with my business, The Lucky Jotter, is to break into the North!”

The competition run by The Oracle and Blackpool Council’s Get Started scheme attracted dozens of young people interested in being their own boss and potentially the Alan Sugars of the future.

Coun Chris Maughan, who attended all the sessions and was on the judging panel, said: “It has been a fantastic process. We have all been impressed by the ideas and the effort they have put in.

“We are confident that all the finalists can go on to have a successful business and they should all qualify for the Government’s £2,500 start up loan scheme.”

Geoff Reeves, Blackpool Council’s Economic Development teams’ small business advisor who helped the youngsters through the contest said: “All of them are to be congratulated. It just shows what kind of great entrepreneurial talent we have here in Blackpool.”

Finalist Jack McCartan, 17, whose banners, signs and garment printing business is called Recognise Graphics said: “The whole experience has been inspiring. I am looking forward to trading in 2013.”

Alistair Taylor, 22, aims to open a bespoke hair salon in Blackpool. He said: “It has been intense but extremely helpful.

Picture: Coun Chris Maughan (left), Oracle Young Enterprise Challenge winner Joseph Pegler and Geoff Reeves