Winning business idea for lecturer
A business dream is about to become a reality for University
College Falmouth lecturer, Andy Neal.
The local Graphic Design lecturer scooped prizes in two out
of six categories in the University of Plymouth's South
West entrepreneur competition, Business Ideas Challenge, last
was awarded both the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)
and Cowlin Special Environment Awards for his winning business
idea, HoneygumTM surf wax, a 'natural' biodegradable
alternative to the usual paraffin waxes currently dominating
the surfing market.
Made with a beeswax base, Andy hopes that his product will
go some way to counteracting the environmental damage done
to our beaches and seas by regular surf wax and surf products
in general. It is estimated that around 50 tonnes of used
surf wax is generated in the UK alone each year.
Andy, who has surfed for around twenty years, has a great
love of the sport and of the environment and wanted to give
something back: "As sustainable and environmental
issues have come to the forefront, the more I have wanted
to make this happen. The wax is really an advert for a way
of life, bringing together the social, spiritual and environmental
philosophies of both surfing and sustainability. I felt so
strongly about this, that I even contemplated giving it away
for free to other surfers."
wife, Kate, says the Business Ideas Challenge has given him
the opportunity to take his idea and make it a reality: "Andy
has had the idea for about five years, and this competition
has given him the push to finalise his thoughts and make a
proper business plan. I think the competition is a really
positive initiative which has given Andy, me and our children
something that we can take forward and work together on as
Peter Castell, CUC Business Development Manager, presented
Andy with his award: "I am delighted to be part
of this. There has been very important investment in Higher
Education in Cornwall, and if we are going to see economic
return for the county in the long term, then encouraging entrepreneurs
through initiatives such as the Business Ideas Challenge is
prize in the CUC category went to 16 year old Dawn Sutton,
an A Level student at Truro College, who also won the Special
Achievement Award for her business idea to design technology
that will hide unsightly hinges on cupboards and doors. Peter
Castell said Dawn's achievement proved the importance
of encouraging entrepreneurship from school upwards.
Thanks go to all of the sponsors whose £42,000 investment
in the competition made the event possible.
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