Top award for young entrepeneur

A SUFFOLK sixth former has received national recognition for his entrepreneurial skills after starting the country's largest diabetic gift service.Giles Peters, 18, who is studying for A levels at Framlingham College, was presented with a National Enterprise Award at a prestigious ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London attended by the prime minister Gordon Brown, enterprise minister John Hutton and chancellor Alistair Darling.

A SUFFOLK sixth former has received national recognition for his entrepreneurial skills after starting the country's largest diabetic gift service.

Giles Peters, 18, who is studying for A levels at Framlingham College, was presented with a National Enterprise Award at a prestigious ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London attended by the prime minister Gordon Brown, enterprise minister John Hutton and chancellor Alistair Darling.

Speaking at the presentations, Mr Darling said: “At a time when the world is undergoing extremely rapid economic change, with massive growth taking place in China and India, we must remember in this country we have a tremendous reservoir of talent and ability. When we have success, we need to shout about it an awful lot more.”

Giles started his company DiabeticHampers.co.uk 18 months ago after trying to buy such a gift for his uncle who has the condition. His company sources diabetic food and drink products from small companies and then checks their suitability for diabetics with dieticians.

Giles, who is studying A Levels in business studies, geography and art history, and who received a £1,000 prize, said: “Most of my family are Type 2 Diabetic and I know that it is difficult to find appetising foods that are suitable for a diabetic diet.

“I wanted to see if something could be done about that.

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“When you go to the supermarket you have to go through all the labels and you find there is so much saturated sugar in products. I couldn't find anything suitable anywhere that was really healthy for diabetics. You really had to ask around.”

He raised the cash to start his enterprise by selling books and clothes on the websites Amazon and Ebay.

The website offers six themed hampers to suit all occasions such as the Pamper Hamper and the Breakfast in Bed Hamper.

Framlingham College head Gwen Randall said: “The staff and pupils of Framlingham College are tremendously proud of Giles' achievements - his web business is up and running and he has identified a real gap in the market.

“My father-in-law will be receiving one of Giles' hampers this Christmas!”

The Evening Star's Shining Lights campaign aims to celebrate the finest young people in Suffolk - our young heroes and heroines who have excelled academically, achieved sporting brilliance, volunteered their time for worthy causes and become pillars of their community.

If you know young people doing exceptional things and whose work should be recognised, please contact the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.

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