Rebecca's making a splash

An entrepreneur who puts her customers' names in the headlines has reached another landmark in her rise to success.

An entrepreneur who puts her customers' names in the headlines has reached another landmark in her rise to success.

Rebecca Jayne Philipson, of Crook in County Durham, was handed a prize from premier-in-waiting Gordon Brown when she made the finals of the national Enterprising Young Brits competition.

Her success winning the People's Vote in the Business Entrepreneur category is just the latest recognition of the potential of the 23-year-old's Stanhope-based business which produces mock newspaper covers featuring customers' friends and relatives in amusingly shocking scenarios.

She launched UR-In The Paper Ltd in 2005 and already employs six people, has appeared and emerged unscathed from television's Dragon's Den and says she will sell more than 12,000 personalised newspapers online this Christmas.

The judging panel included Kanya King, founder of the Mobo awards, and radio and TV presenter Margherita Taylor, as well as senior figures from the Make Your Mark campaign, Daily Mail, Lloyds TSB Business and the Treasury.

The competition is run by the Make Your Mark campaign and recognises young people who have turned their ideas into reality.

Kevin Steele, chief executive of the Make Your Mark campaign and competition organiser, said: "Competition has been fiercer than ever and we have received some really amazing entries, showing that age is no barrier to turning your ideas into reality.

"Rebecca is a real inspiration to other young people."

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