Talented pair gunning for business award

ali smith young enterprise
ali smith young enterprise

TWO young business people who set up an online art gallery have been nominated for a prestigious Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Suzie Carter from Milngavie, and Ali Smith from Jackson Place, Bearsden, both 30, set up Art Pistol (www.artpistol.co.uk) in July and it is already proving a hit.

Ali, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, said: “The business has been going about three months now and is an online art gallery that runs pop-up art exhibitions and a commercial art consultancy.

“We provide a flexible platform for undiscovered, emerging and established UK based artists from all disciplines to sell their work.”

The business was recently nominated for the Shell LiveWIRE’s annual Hot 40 entrepreneur list, which puts them in the running for the company’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award which will be announced online in London on November 9.

Suzie and Ali fought off competition from hundreds of entrepreneurs from across the UK to gain a one of the coveted places on the top 40 list and if they win will walk away with £10,000.

Ali, who studied for a post graduate degree in marketing at Strathclyde University, added: “Artists choose us because of our flexible and creative approach to promoting their work.

“We can profile more artists because we’re not restricted by space, which makes our commission very low and brings down the cost of our artwork as we don’t have fixed business overheads for gallery space.”

Graham van’t Hoff, chairman of Shell UK, said: “Our Hot 40 2011 represents the very best of entrepreneurial talent in the UK. I wish all of our Hot 40 the best of luck with their businesses in the future and look forward to seeing the finalists at the Young Entrepreneur of the Year final later this year.”

The finalists will undergo a rigorous independent judging process by a panel of eight business experts including former winner of the Apprentice, Tim Campbell and the Chief Executive of RSA Matthew Taylor.