Taking a giant leap forwards in business in Lewes District

Wine winner: Jennifer Porteous with Wes Game, of Let's Do Business, and television newsman Nicholas Owen
Wine winner: Jennifer Porteous with Wes Game, of Let's Do Business, and television newsman Nicholas Owen

An award-winning entrepreneur has praised Lewes District Council’s LEAP initiative.

It seeks to help local people with a commercial idea and develop their concepts into a viable and sustainable business.

Now Jennifer Porteous, the council’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, has given her views on the programme and why you should consider taking the LEAP.

“It has provided me with invaluable advice, coaching and mentoring to help me start The Tiny Vineyard Company,” she said.

“The LEAP scheme provided me with many invaluable business skills including creating a business plan, pitching my idea and understanding my market, as well as the confidence to take the next step to make my dream a reality.”

Jennifer’s company beat off stiff competition from the other 12 candidates to win the £3,000 first prize and the coveted title of LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Her success was announced at the prestigious Lewes District Business Awards held in April, where the MC was TV news presenter Nicholas Owen.

“I was thrilled to win the LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the £3,000 prize will allow me to launch The Tiny Vineyard Company very soon,” said Jennifer.

“I would highly recommend LEAP to anyone who is thinking about starting their own business. It’s given me new skills, contacts, confidence and knowledge to make a success of my exciting new venture.”

There will be a new LEAP Entrepreneur programme launching later this year. For more information, please get in contact with the LEAP team via email at info@yourleap.co.uk . For more information on Jennifer’s new venture, follow her on Twitter at @TinyVineyard.

The Tiny Vineyard Company’s website states that it wants to start a revolution in home vine-growing.

It wants to demystify the winemaking process, and make the experience from vine to wine a liberating, exciting, and educating journey and a unique way to make every celebration special with your own wine.