Purple Revolver scoop Role Model of the Year trophy at JMU Start Up awards

Posted on 11 November 2011
By Amber Tan
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John Moores University celebrated the city and their graduates’ entrepreneurial success at the fifth annual LJMU Start-Up Awards, with your very own Purple Revolver winning a gong.

The forward thinking University also hosted a gold ribbon opening of its Centre for Entrepreneurship to offer business advice and mentoring, which has been in development for nine years.

The four winners honoured were Andy Johnson, Editor of creative industry news site Purple Revolver who was named Role Model of the Year.

Rising Star of the Year was Shubin Wang who set herself up as a registered childminder to allow herself and fellow students to attend their courses.

Entrepreneurial Alumnus of the Year were sisters Kayleigh and Talia Baccino of Trendy Vend, a vending machine business that provides cosmetics and beauty products for clubbers.

New Venture of the Year went to MC Architecture, established by Mike Crewdson, which provides architectural design services to domestic and commercial clients.

Purple Revolver’s Andy Johnson said: “We’ve been very fortunate to work so closely with JMU, their students and their creative industry graduates in recent years.

“There is a vast array of talent coming out of the University and it’s great to receive recognition of our support.

“This award shows that the hard work of everyone associated with Purple Revolver is paying off and I’d like to thank all involved for their continued efforts.”

Emma Hunter, head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, said: “The new Centre provides positive proof of how important LJMU views its role in developing and nurturing start-up businesses.”