Countdown begins to find entrepeneur of the year

Julie Stout (left) and Ian Jobling
Julie Stout (left) and Ian Jobling

TWO finalists are entering the final straight in the battle to find the winner of a Mail-backed competition.

Ian Jobling and Julie Stout are hoping to be crowned the Face of Entrepreneurship in the If we can, you can challenge.

We are down to the last two weeks of voting before the winner is revealed in the Mail on Monday, June 20.

Julie Stout runs Castle Eden firm Just Out Marketing, which is an advertising and marketing agency.

The Peterlee woman was formerly a media advertising executive who decided on a career change to launch Just Out Marketing.

Ian Jobling runs a fellow Castle Eden firm called Product Revolution, which was formed last September.

Dad-of-two Ian previously worked in a £50,000-plus job in the product design trade, but took the decision to become his own boss.

Product Revolution’s projects have included packaging for children’s table-wear through to developing plastic moulded components for the food industry.

Watch out for more updates on both companies later this week.

In the meantime, Mail readers can vote for their favourite by texting ‘Vote’ followed by the name of your chosen finalist to 07624803199, texts will be charged at your normal network rate.

You can vote also online by visiting www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk/challenge and clicking ‘Vote’ on the profile of the person you want to win.

The public vote will then be combined with the judges’ scores to determine the overall winner.