Local Adam Knight has won the University of Southampton Take-off Business Competition 2013 and prize money of £5000 to fund his new business venture. Adam has been a swim teacher since the age of 16, and wanted to turn his part time passion into a full time career. Adam attended various business seminars while at Southampton, and joined the University entrepreneurs’ society where he developed both his ideas and confidence. Having been shortlisted from a record number of applications, Adam had to present to a board comprising of the Deans of Enterprise, Business and Management in a Dragon’s Den style pitch. Adam, 22, said, “Before Christmas I was asked by my friends ‘What would you do if money didn’t matter?’ My automatic response was swim teaching. I soon realised that I could do what I love and be my own boss at the same time. The prize money will most certainly help turn my dream into reality.” Adam’s company Wings Swim School, operating with a MAXIMUM of 3 per class, will be running FREE swimming lessons at the Mall School in Twickenham from 29th July – 2nd August from 12-2pm, followed by crash courses throughout the summer. To book your place, please call 07969925199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.