Let Grand Ideas boost business dreams

Nathan Bestwick (left) at Gripple's Old West Gun Works, with Alan Somerfield, the company's ideas and innovations director and a member of the Incub team
Nathan Bestwick (left) at Gripple's Old West Gun Works, with Alan Somerfield, the company's ideas and innovations director and a member of the Incub team

Shell LiveWIRE is calling on young entrepreneurs to follow in the footsteps of Sheffield designer Nathan Bestwick.

Nathan, from If? Works, won a £1,000 Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Award to develop a range of kitchenware products.

Applicants must first enter and win a monthly Shell Livewire Grand Ideas award for a chance to win a total of £11,000 and the title of Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. Each month, up to five Grand Ideas awards of £1,000 are awarded to entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30.

The products from If? Works, including the patent pending MillMe™ spice mill, are part of a range which can be used by people who have difficulty using their hands, gripping with their fingers and twisting with their wrists. However, the products are known as ‘inclusive design’ as their functionality and appearance means they will appeal to the rest of the market, too.

Nathan, who was also recognised in the Sheffield Hallam University Enterprise Challenge, said: “Winning helped me to produce high quality prototypes of my kitchenware products which attracted investment and has ultimately led to them going into production here in Sheffield in partnership with local manufacturers Gripple.

“This is a huge step for me, as I have the opportunity to follow my dream, which was to not only design inclusive kitchenware, but to create a new brand and for that brand to be proudly British and to support the UK manufacturing industry by making my products in South Yorkshire.”

The awards have been awarded to over 100 entrepreneurs since they launched in 2009. To apply for the awards, go to www.shell-livewire.org.