Barmy owner Eve Lodge was ‘pitch perfect’ as she wowed the judges at the Yorkshire’s Got Talent final at Kirklees College on Tuesday afternoon.
The 16-year-old Barnsley business star was one of four entrepreneurial people who had reached the final of the competition – sponsored and supported by PTG Group – and was by far the youngest!
Over 200 people and businesses from the white rose county had initially applied online to take part, and that was firstly whittled down to 85, and then 25, where an ‘informal interview’ then took place.
Finally, five people were chosen to go through to the final, although one dropped out before Tuesday’s pitch took place.
The finalists were:
Eve Lodge (Barmy)
Dave Fisher (Market Delivered)
Andrew Critchett (Fish&)
Angie Aspinall (Access Solutions)
They went head-to-head in front of the judges and an audience to win a mixture of resources, support of serial entrepreneurs and where needed, financial backing.
The judges were Lawrence Tomlinson, the founding chairman at LNT Group*; Phil Taylor-Guck, the co-Founder of PGF Group and PTG Group**; and Nicky Pattinson, an outstanding retail master, sales expert and motivational speaker.***
All four were hailed for their ‘fantastic pitches’ – with Access Solutions being named as the winner. Access Solutions advise the hospitality industry on meeting the needs of people with hearing loss via training, consultancy, audits and specialist equipment.
Said Barmy owner Eve (pictured below delivering her presentation): “I just loved pitching in front of the judges. It was an incredible experience and I met so many wonderful people who have done so much in business but who are willing to help a teenager like me.
“My business has already come such a long way since I started it, at the age of 14, and my family have given me tremendous support, as have Horizon College and now Shelley College, where I am doing my A levels.
“I am proud of what I am achieving with Barmy and hopefully that came across in my pitch.
“The judges were lovely and their feedback was really helpful. I am certainly beginning to ‘choose my path’!
“The other finalists were great too, very friendly, and hopefully I will keep in contact with everyone.”
Twitter was awash last night with comments about Eve’s ‘pitch perfect performance’ – and the success of the Yorkshire’s Got Talent event, which signalled the start of Kirklees Business Week.
Judge Phil Taylor-Guck tweeted: “@Barmy_Bunting what a pitch from a very special lady in Eve!”
Fellow judge Nicky Pattinson concurred: “I totally doff my cap to everyone in the competition….the youngest being only 16. Good on ya…..everyone! You are all winners to me! Evie, you are amazing! Can I take you home?! Already a massive someone!”
Abigail Stewart of the Mid-Yorkshire Business Conferences tweeted: “Little Eve aged 16 makes bespoke bunting and blows the judges away @YGotTalent part of #KBW14. Well done, what a quality pitch, you are one to watch!”
Budding business Giga Buds tweeted: “Loved it today! @Barmy_Bunting great pitch today! Very inspiring and only 16! Wow :)”
Overall winner Angie Aspinall tweeted: “Eve, you were exceptional. So talented and confident at 16. I can’t wait to see where you go next!”