Date: 24/01/2011

Katie Hirst (16) from West Melton, Rotherham had the grandest idea as part of Hallam FMs recent Grand Idea competition. Katie won £1000 from Hallam FM for coming up with the best idea on how to use the money to set up her own jewellery and accessories business.

Currently studying Art, English and Sociology at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC) and who already makes jewellery, accessories and clothes, Katie will now use the £1000 to buy further materials to extend her range of products.

Over the past few months the South Yorkshire based college, in association with local radio station Hallam FM have been asking youngsters what they could do with £1000. The £1000 prize was destined to go to the person with either the best, weirdest or most creative idea to help them achieve their goals and dreams.

From hundreds of entries from Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham Katie was named the winner at the recent Open Evening, where college Principal Paul Townsley and representatives from Hallam FM declared her the winner after her Dragon’s Den style pitch.

Other finalists were Samantha Johnson (26) from Sheffield who wanted to use the money to develop her business of taking native wildlife into schools to educate children about rare and secretive wildlife and the need for conservation. James Scholes (24) a rapper going by the name of JAY ESS from Highfields in Doncaster wanted to use the money to buy a computer, software and hire studio time in order to record a demo CD of his work.

Although close runner ups, Hallam FM have offered Samantha their assistance with contacts at schools across South Yorkshire and for James to spend time at Hallam FM in the recording studio with the services of a producer.

Other submitted ideas from young people included; booking onto training courses, buying a new football kit for their team and buying a new drum kit for the band they play in.

Katie who eventually wants to study fashion will now start purchasing the goods for her business.

Further Open Evenings will take place at the Manvers Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on: Wednesday 16 March and 17 May 2011.

For a Further and Higher Education course guide 2011/2012 call the Enquiry Line on T: 01709 513355 or email

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