FlyingStart Entrepreneur Meets Lord Mandelson

FlyingStart Entrepreneur, Simon Phelps was praised by Lord Mandelson for inspiring his community with his innovative flood barrier at a small business reception at number 10 Downing Street.

Simon established his company ‘Fluvial Innovations’ in 2006, to commercialise a flood barrier system that he developed whilst in his final year at University. He was selected by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) to take part in the 2006 – 2007 Global Fellows programme, which involved a 6 month trip to the US, where he was able to pitch his business idea and develop the commercialisation.

He has since been selected by STEMNET, funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, as a case study for secondary schools and received the award for the ‘Most Innovative Product of 2009’ by the Emergency Planning Society.

Lord Mandelson said:

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy and we recognise what an important role they have played in getting the country through the recession. Simon Phelps is an inspiration to his community and a good example of why support from Government was so crucial over the downturn.”

Simon Phelps said:

“I can’t explain how inspirational this experience was. Although I had already received fantastic support from the University and from the Regional Development Agency, I was still very naïve when it came to running my own business.

“The access I received to key contacts was priceless and my mentor, who was a business entrepreneur in his own right, was so generous and altruistic with his time and insight. Importantly I saw first hand that you don’t have to be a genius to run a successful business – you just need to be focused and apply common sense.”