YOUNG people are the future of any go-ahead business – and that is why Hampshire County Council is sponsoring the INSPIRE14 Young Business Person of the Year Award.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, at Hampshire County Council, said: “Talented young workers can bring new ideas, enthusiasm and creativity to their roles in any organisation.

“Our Young Business Person of the Year will display excellent leadership and management skills that drive success for their business.

“The winner will be someone who displays a clear understanding of the demands involved in running a company, or demonstrates enthusiasm for their role within a company and has the potential to become a significant contributor to the business community.

“This award acknowledges young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction, and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.”

As well as the county council, HSBC is continuing its support for the Inspire Business Awards. This year it is sponsoring the International Business of the Year category, which is open to both novice and established exporters.

Senior international commercial manager Robert Sales said: “HSBC is pleased to sponsor the Inspire Business Awards.

“HSBC’s purpose is to connect customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper.

“The north Hampshire area is home to many growing, entrepreneurial and innovative businesses that contribute to both the local, and wider economy.

“We are very proud to be able to acknowledge and celebrate their successes and achievements."

And for those considering entering this category, Robert’s advice is: “Share your passion for your business and ensure your application advises what makes you different from your competition, both locally and internationally."

The closing date for entries for the awards is August 15. Entering is simple – just visit