Creative Hartlepool fashion designer Gavin hopes to be the perfect fit for the prestigious Keys To Success business competition

FASHION accessories designer Gavin Vaughan is hoping his flair and creativity can win him a top award.

The Hartlepool man is just about to form his own business called Paughanography. He describes it as an “avant-garde fashion accessories company”.

He is bidding to get his career as an entrepreneur off to the perfect start by winning the Keys To Success competition.

The aim of the competition is to give a business that has real potential to grow a boost.

UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel subsidiary that supports businesses in steel areas with finance and premises, has joined up with the Hartlepool Mail to launch Keys To Success.

One lucky entrant will get to win a 200 sq ft office, spacious enough to accommodate three people. It is already furnished with office desks, chairs and accessories and the lucky winner will pay no rent, rates, lighting or heating bills for 12 months.

The deadline for entries has now passed and Gavin, 23, is the latest of an impressive list of entrants.

He said: “I graduated from Cleveland College of art and Design last June and, since January of this year, I have been looking to going self employed.

“My idea is to create high-end fashion accessories that are bespoke, heavily embellished and fun.

“I will also be offering an embellishment service in customising clothing.”

He explained more about how winning an office would make a big difference to his plans.

“Having the space will allow me to meet more customers and in an environment that is professional.

“It will also give me the space to create more work as I currently use my bedroom to create my work and working from home i taking over my personal space.

“My future plans are to sell my work through high-end stores and gain a lot more commissions.”

Gavin added: “I think I deserve to win as, even though I have only been thinking about starting my own business in the last few months, I have been very proactive in trying to get my work out there.

“Hopefully with events such as my commissions and the festivals, I will be running a successful business.”

Judges will be meeting shortly to draw up a shortlist for the competition.