living in and around Swindon are being invited to take part in a competition with
cash prizes to celebrate their talent.
The Cotswold Challenge is aimed at young people who, had it not been for the pandemic, would have been taking their GCSEs, A-Levels or equivalent examinations in 2021.
competition was established by four businesses from the region: Chute Design; Allison
Murray Design; Chris Roberts MBE PR and Scott Media.
The four came together in 2020 to launch the Challenge as a way of providing support and an incentive to students set to miss out on their exams.
competition will officially launch on Tuesday 1st June with a
closing date of Tuesday 6th July.
Scott, Founder of Scott Media, said, “My daughter was one of those young people
last year who left school with 48 hours’ notice, with no A-Level examinations,
no long goodbye with friends and it was heart-breaking. To be able to offer
young people an opportunity to shine in another forum is amazing.
felt it was right to do the same thing this year. First prize winners will get
£500 each and a mini professional photo shoot to support them on the next stage
of their lives.”
initiative was deemed a huge success in 2020 with around 500 entries across the
categories of Art & Design; Creative Writing; and Innovation &
prizes in each category for 2021 are £500 for first place, £300 for second, £150 for third and £50 for
fourth alongside £25 book
tokens for highly commended entries.
year there will also be a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Talent
in each category.
will be judged by professionals from the local community including:
& Martin Adamson – The Sculpture Studio
Bathurst of Cirencester Park
Burgess – Art Gallery Owner & Artist
Hart – Creative Writer, Artist & Commercial Photographer
Llewelyn-Bowen – Interior Designer & TV Presenter
McMillan-Scott – Portrait Artist
Vickery – Artist
Wyatt – Artist
Atkinson – Author & Swindon Blogger
Cottrell – Creative Writer & Oil Artist
Harvey – Owner of The Mad Hatter Bookshop
Jennings – Author
Taylor – Author
Godding – Editor of Business & Innovation Magazine
Henson – Farmer & TV Presenter
Langley – CEO of Ntegra
Manners – Wrag Barn Golf
Summers – Owner of The Paperback Shop
Thandi – Enterprize
Waddingham – Designer & Innovator
year’s sponsors are:
Allen Estate Management
Royal Agricultural University
To find out more, please visit: www.thecotswoldchallenge.com
Pictured Left to Right: Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design, Fiona Scott of Scott Media, Nigel Chute of Chute Design and Chris Roberts of Chris Roberts PR.