The Sheffield Business Awards, which this year celebrated its tenth anniversary, marked a major achievement for Joe Panasiuk, a board member of the BiG Young Entrepreneurs Club.
For the first time, this year there was an Award for Emerging Entrepreneurial Talent recognising the best of Sheffield’s entrepreneurial and business-minded young people. The Award was open to all previous winners of the BiG Challenge and
other local and national business enterprise awards since 2008. The judges were looking for a young person who has developed an idea into a business proposition and was forecasting progress in 2012 and beyond, as well as someone who can demonstrate their personal learning and development from this experience.
“And the Winner is…18 year-old Joseph Panasiuk”
2011 was big for Joe. He won the Sheffield Young Entrepreneur Award and was runner up in the National Association of Colleges ‘Student of the Year’ competition. And that was just the beginning…
Joe is the owner of All Vintage Mini Ltd, which he established in June 2011 against the advice of established traders. Joe identified a niche opportunity within the student and semi-professional market, using social marketing to promote retrovehicles. After 6 months the business had expanded to a warehouse, took on casual staff, gained clients from Germany to Mexico and is now projecting to triple in size in 2012.
Meanwhile he is doing a Business Management and Enterprise Foundation Degree at The Sheffield College. He is also planning exciting developments with a road safety innovation in 2012.
Joe reflects that in running his business he is also “utilising transferable skills that are providing me with success in business and in my personal life, where my confidence has increased and my communication and leadership skills have developed significantly.”
Suzanne Liversidge, president of the Sheffield Chamber, said: “The awards have once again highlighted the high calibre of businesses and individuals across Sheffield.”
The current website for his business is: http://www.2classics.moonfruit.com/