Boston Spa entrepreneur shortlisted in national awards

A young entrepreneur from Boston Spa has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Rebecca Zimmerman, 30, runs One Day Creative with business partner Stephanie Noble – 29, also from Boston Spa – and has been shortlisted as one of the Yorkshire and North East finalists in the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur Awards 2016.

One of just four regional finalists, Rebecca and Steph will find out the results at a ceremony at the Leeds Marriot Hotel on 25 February.

The company, based at Parkhill Business Centre in Wetherby, delivers creative workshops for schools and organisations, using dance, drama and music as a way to help build confidence and assist with learning.

The company’s primary target audience is schools and its 60 freelance creative facilitators deliver workshops all over the country. Last year One Day secured its first corporate client, HSBC, and delivered creative team-building activities for the bank.

Its workshops on internet safety, history, mental health awareness and international culture are delivered to children aged 4 – 16 in schools right across the UK, working with remote schools in the Highlands, down to Brighton and Devon.

An six-strong team based in Wetherby supports the freelancers and two directors. Only formed in 2013, One Day Creative has since acquired two other businesses, Stir Krazy Kids and Effectus Theatre, both of which add to the company’s core offering.

Rebecca said: “I was surprised and delighted to find out I’d been nominated for this award by a business contact I made on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme. I was even more shocked to be told I was a finalist!

“The shortlisting is testament to the business that Steph and I have built, based on the idea that performance and drama are universal languages – something we realised while we worked with an orphanage for deaf children in Romania.

“Regardless of the outcome of the award, I’m proud of the business we’re building. Success is our only option because we can’t afford to fail our main customers – the next generation.”

The pair of entrepreneurs studied Performing Arts together at Northumbria University in Newcastle and, after a stint working together in Romania and various other jobs in the performing arts industry, decided to come together and start One Day Creative.

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