Flare Awards 2017

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We were delighted to be invited to the Flare 2017 Awards Ceremony at the University of Hertfordshire having been a mentor in previous years.

In the 12 years that Flare has been running over 1,200 students and University Alumni have been given the opportunity to develop their business ideas with support from the competition’s supporters.

Congratulations to Ibrahim Fagge from Fittfind for scooping the top £8,000 prize for Best Growth Business. Fittfind is an app designed to pair those looking for fitness services with a personal trainer to suit their specific training needs. Clients make payment through the app, with payment only being received by the trainer once a client has posted a review of the service received. As a secondary business, Ibrahim has been working closely with a team of designers and will soon be launching his own line of sportswear under the Fittfind brand.

Other prizes went to Sports Science students Sam Marchant and Oliver Vagg. They have developed a low sugar, dairy and gluten free cake bar with 100% natural ingredients. Selling over 500 bars in their first month of trading they have now moved into a commercial kitchen where they produce and package their bars in-house.

Xultour is the brainchild of Alessio Regalbutto and Devansh Sharma. It provides a powerful platform that enhances e-learning, advertising and tourism using Virtual Reality. Xultour offers virtual tours, educational experiences and event footage all in one convenient mobile phone application.

The inaugural People’s Choice award went to Andrew Massingham for Create a Story, a fun learning experience for 6-11 year olds who want to write their own imaginative stories.

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Toasting business support for charity

The Wine Society

Team Magnite enjoyed a very special evening at the Wine Society to support the work of our favourite charity, The Stevenage Community Trust.

The Wine Society was established in London in 1874 after the last of the great Victorian industrial exhibitions. In 1965, the Wine Society moved to Stevenage, where all its operations have since been concentrated.

After more than 130 years it continues to be owned solely by its members (one share each) and trades only with them. Its focus continues to be to make available to members the highest possible quality of wines at the best possible prices.

We were proud to be asked to speak to an impressive gathering of local business leaders, including international author Ken Follett, about the internal and external benefits of businesses supporting local charities.