Our CEO, Matt, has started 2018 as he means to go on, winning the National GBEA Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Sponsored by NatWest, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the cream of the crop when it comes to British entrepreneurial talent. After winning Creative Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales and the South, Matt joined other regional winners for the National Winners’ Evening in London last week.
Having beaten off stiff competition from a plethora of other creative entrepreneurs, Matt’s rags to pitches success story stood out as the worthy winner. “I am honoured, humbled and I’m still in shock,” said Matt. “Winning the regional award was incredible but to win nationally is truly a dream come true for me.”
Despite starting the agency in 2011 from his attic with only £76 left to his name, Matt is hoping that his determination and passion will inspire the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.
“I was never interested in school, I was told I wouldn’t amount to much. I left with no qualifications and it just wasn’t for me. So to everyone who has a dream, make it a plan and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not achievable.”
As part of his commitment to unearthing and nurturing the brightest creative talent, February will see Matt start to interview candidates for a place on the agency’s internship programme, The S3 Academy.
Likewise, 2018 will also see the introduction of a Reprenticeship Programme, which has been put in place to give people of any age or circumstance the opportunity to learn new skills and break into the ad industry.
Last, but by no means least, Matt also intends to use S3’s cutting edge office space, The Lion’s Den, to host an event for entrepreneurs across Wales, concluding: “I’m going to be inviting all Wales-based entrepreneurs to S3 Advertising for an evening of beers and banter.”
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