BiGYEC Member Wins National AXA Enterprise Award


BiGYEC Board member Alex Gwynne’s business – AG Paper Toys – recently came 1st in the enterprise category of the Ambition AXA Awards.

The competition exists to find the nation’s up and coming businesses run by talented 11 to 18-year-olds. Alex, who has been a member since the club started in 2011 will recieve  £40,000 worth of business and mentoring support for his business.

Alex said: “It was a big surprise and I am absolutely over the moon. It makes all the hard work feel worthwhile. Winning the award has been a life changing experience and shows that sometimes the ‘crazy’ ideas are what it takes to make a difference”

Alongside his studies, Alex has been developing his business AG Paper Toys and has received advice, information and support from attending The BiGYEC.

He said: “The thing that impressed me about the BiGYEC is that I can share my ideas with people my age that can understand and relate to the experience of running a business. Since I started coming to the club, I’ve seen small businesses grow and I’m now good friends with a lot of the members some of whom I’m now working with.”

What started as a hobby is fast becoming a career ambition for Alex, who is preparing for his first solo exhibition and working on a book. He has received several business, corporate and wedding commissions.

Another BiGYEC member – Lydia – was a runner up in the same category with her business Recarry. To find out more about AG Paper Toys and Recarry, follow these links:

The Ambition AXA Awards results were announced at a ceremony in London on 30th November 2011. Find out about the awards here: