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Entrepreneur Adam Bradford helped the Sheffield-based National Enterprise Academy to mark its first birthday by launching his own company as part of the celebrations.

Adam, aged 18, is a former winner of Sheffield City Council’s BiG Challenge enterprise competition and was completing a one-year BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the Academy, launched with Government backing by Peter Jones of Dragons Den fame.

His new company, called UnITe, provides IT training and support and software development services to businesses.

Adam said: “I am very keen to promote young people and inspire them to achieve their potential and overcome barriers.

“I have Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, but I don’t let that stop me from achieving, and am very passionate about enterprise. My high profile launch event will not only mark the beginning of my business’s life, it will also act as an inspiration to future aspiring entrepreneurs starting up from a young age.”

Adam is a founder member of the UK’s first 14-19 Young Entrepreneurs Club, which is based in Sheffield and showcased its work at the National Enterprise Academy celebrations, which took place at Sparks Restaurant at Sheffield City College’s Granville Road in June 2011.

The event was organised by Adam himself.

Guest speakers with established businesses, including ‘Reggae Reggae’ sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots, offered start-up advice at the event.

Julie Byrne, principal of Sheffield City College, where the Academy is based, said: “Sheffield is a creative city with an independent spirit and an innovative edge.

“At Sheffield City College, we are supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs by equipping young people with the skills to become successful business leaders. I am very proud of Adam’s success.”