Snooks take home £20K Prize in Kickstart Competition

Dewpoint clients and British female Ski & Snowboard brand, SNOOKS, win £20,000 toward their business at prestigious awards ceremony.

The Snooks team were astonished to win a total of £20,000 at the prestigious Baldwins Accountants’ Kickstart Young Entrepreneurs Awards on Friday 11th November, after impressing over 500 business representatives with their future plans for the company.

Snooks founders, Sophie Kelly and Susie Beere will received £10,000 in cash for their business and £10,000 worth of mentoring and accounting advice from Baldwins Accountants, who set up the awards to support new businesses in the Leicester area and beyond.

Pic by @baldwinsKStart

Pic by @baldwinsKStart

he duo pitched their women’s outerwear brand to an audience of businesses from across the midlands region at the fourth annual KickStart awards held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. They beat off competition fin the final from two other young entrepreneurs after succeeding against 10 other companies in the semi-finals.

This prize is about so much more than the investment. It’s about the belief and support provided by the business owners who voted for us here, and further afield.We have that belief ourselves and now we want to share it with those interested in the progress of Snooks by really taking this British female brand to the next level.
— Sophie Kelly, Snooks Co-Founder

Snooks is the first British ski and snowboard outerwear brand designed exclusively for women, by women, created to revive the female winter wear market. Co-founded in 2014 by Kelly and Beere whilst studying at Loughborough University, Snooks have challenged the often discussed ‘pink it and shrink it’ approach found in the female sports market, and created the Winter 2016 ‘Reviver Range’ as a refreshing antithesis.

As experienced winter sports enthusiasts, we noticed the provision for menswear is vast and varied. We felt there is currently no brand from Britain adequately presenting female skiers and snowboarders with attractive AND functional clothing. It is proven Women often buy men’s winter wear due to the lack of well-fitting, stylish options currently available in women’s ranges. We hope to shake up the market and provide women with outerwear that really fits them without using gender stereotypical colours and designs.
— Susie Beere, Snooks Co-Founder

Founded in 2014, Kelly and Beere set about researching and developing their products upon graduation from Loughborough University. As well as their latest win with Baldwins Accountants, Snooks has gained significant recognition elsewhere, with the team winning a ‘Leicester Mercury Women in Business award for New Business of the Year’ and the Leicester Mercury Business Executive Awards for Young Business Person of the Year.



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