Blue Vine Consultants wins entrepreneurial award

Two enterprising PhD students from the University of Birmingham have been awarded BQ Midlands Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. The event showcased some of the Midlands rising stars and recognises the most promising individuals likely to succeed in business.

Founders Scott Hardman and Amrit Chandan launched Blue Vine Consultants in October 2013. Specialising in bringing renewable energy products to market their business provides strategic marketing direction and advice to companies that is backed by tailored market intelligence reports and technical audits.

Humble in their achievements, when accepting the award Scott and Amrit were quick to point out the support they had received from the University of Birmingham, including mentoring and training on the BSEEN Scheme. Their office is also currently located at Birmingham Research Park in BizzInn, a business incubator run by the University of Birmingham’s Enterprise Acceleration Team established to nurture ideas and help transform innovation to enterprise.


Scott Hardman said, “It is a real honour to receive this award, we could not have done it without the support of everyone who has helped and mentored us, including everyone at University of Birmingham Research Park and BSEEN programme, and the guidance of Sukhdev Gill and John McKenzie.”

Ten emerging entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to shine on the night, talking enthusiastically about their business and what, in their view; it takes to be a success in business. Scott and Amrit, who were one of two winners on the night, will go on to join seven other finalists from around the country and are invited to attend the MADE 2014 Festival Gala Dinner on 25 September in Sheffield – part of a week-long festival inspiring entrepreneurship and expected to attract 4,000 delegates from all over the UK.

One of the eight entrepreneurs will be recognised as the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

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