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Speaker - Ruth Amos
Business Entrepreneurs and Famous Young Entrepreneurs, Motivational Women Speakers
Ruth Amos, age 24, is Managing Director of Stairsteady and Eliot Kennedy Steelworks Academy, she is a trustee for ‘Young Engineers’ and ‘Greenbelt’ and actively encourages young people into STEM through her involvement with ‘Your Life’. Ruth is regularly in demand as an inspirational motivational public speaker.
After designing the StairSteady as part of her GCSE Resistant Materials Course, Ruth established StairSteady Ltd in 2006, she then went on to win Young Engineer for Britain 2006 with her design. The StairSteady is a mobility device to maintain independence and safety on the stairs. Following on from this success she took her product to market in 2008, it is now available through a network of Dealers in the UK and will shortly be available in Canada and the USA.
Ruth became Managing Director of DROLS in 2012 - a start up Toy and Education Company currently developing a range of interactive figures to teach children basic subject knowledge and communication skills. DROLS is currently looking for investments to allow it to break into the UK market.
In 2013 Ruth became MD for Eliot Kennedy Steelworks Academy (EKSA) . EKSA is an Artist Development Academy that provides the necessary skills to enter the Music Industry. It offers a variety of industry related courses from from performing through to writing and producing.
As well as being an active entrepreneur, Ruth is also an accomplished speaker, she is living proof that engineering and science is not boring and every word she utters about business is pure motivational magic. Little wonder she is a hit on stage at colleges and universities and corporate events.
Ruth particularly enjoys being a part of various charities and is involved as a trustee in ‘Young Engineers’ and ‘Your Life’. She is also an Ambassador for the ‘Bloodhound Project’. These particularly appeal to Ruth as they allow her to encourage and inspire the next generation of Engineers and Entrepreneurs.
Ruth is a trustee and an active member of ‘Greenbelt’ a Christian Music and Arts Festival and involved with the FairTrade movement where she organises ‘Be Good Be Beautiful’ events which promote organic and FairTrade clothing.
• Making your voice heard as a young entrepreneur
• The responsibility of a youthful rising business star
• Being a teenage engineer, manufacturer and designer
• Bringing a product to market – patent and design hurdles
• Female entrepreneurship
• Social awareness in modern manufacture
Awards and accolades
• Young Engineer for Britain 2006
• Design Most Likely To Benefit the Disabled 2006
• Design Most Likely To Benefit the Community 2006
• Young Entrepreneurs – Runner up 2006
• Derbyshire Young Achiever 2006
• Intel ISEF Science and Engineering Fair – Finalist - Represented the UK in Mechanical Engineering 2008
• Management Today 35 Under 35 – Ruth was the youngest person ever to be entered onto the list 2009
• Women of the Future – Young Star Award 2009
• Women of Achievement – by the Women of the Year Foundation 2010
• Yorkshire 42 Under 42 2010
• Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneur 2011 – Striding Out
• Network of Aspiring Women – Young Entrepreneur 2011 and Overall Winner.
• BHTA Product of the Year 2014 (StairSteady)
"Personable and engaging. Ruth built a good rapport with the parents and young people in the audience. Ruth’s story showed how big dreams can become realised from small ideas. We wanted to show that at our school students could achieve in engineering. Ruth’s presentation brought to life a successful case study of how this can actually happen. The audience really enjoyed the entire evening with some parents specifically singling out Ruth as they’re highlight of the evening. we thought that Ruth’s overall performance was engaging and relevant." Discovery School
"The Writing for a Competitive World workshop was a fantastic start to Post 18 applications for our students. Feedback from both staff and students was overwhelmingly positive and students found Ruth an inspiring presence." Head of Sixth Form
"Ruth is a genuine inspiration, her performance was professional, warm and very specifically appropriate. Ruth connected her talk very well to the event, was highly personable and her style of delivery perfectly suited the occasion. Staff and students were very impressed both with Ruth’s story and her demeanour. A highly impactful presentation"Bournemouth & Poole College
"Writing for a competitive world – workshop’ ‘Interview Skills – workshop’ - The Writing for a Competitive World workshop was a fantastic start to Post 18 applications for our students. Feedback from both staff and students was overwhelmingly positive and students found Ruth an inspiring presence. We have booked again for next year."King Ecgbert School
"Just a quick note to thank you again for the brilliant opening keynote for our summer school last week. You hit exactly the right tone and I received many positive comments afterwards from our students about being inspired by your talk. You explained the processes, the learning's and the issues about building the (any) business really well and to manage it so young was just amazing. So thanks for a great start to the summer school and for being a great inspiration to our students." University of Surrey
"Thank you so much for coming to do our prize Giving on Tuesday evening. Your talk was truly inspirational and parents, pupil and staff have not stopped talking about you! May I take this opportunity to wish you continued happiness and success in all your endeavours and I hope it will not be too long before we welcome you again to St Catherine’s With renewed thanks and very best wishes Si Paula"
"Ruth personalifies the very essence of true Entrepreneurship..not satisfied with running a successful, flourishing, nationaly-recognised business based on a socially inclusive product she invented. She constantly strives to help and support others in business and education..an ongoing story as inspirational as she is to everyone she meets." Director
"Engaging, Entertaining and Exceptional! Also professional polished, inspirational and knows her stuff. Fabulous role model."
"Ruth Amos joined us at one of our events to lead a discussion on accounting for SME's, drawing on her experience. Her approach was refreshingly practical, dynamic, and inspiring. The feedback from all the young people was overwhelmingly positive. Ruth is a great public speaker and example to all budding entrepreneurs. We definitely hope to work with her again in the future."
"Ruth was relaxed and confident in her speech; she has a warmth and openness that engaged our students. She also has so much energy and passion for what she does and has accomplished a lot for one so young. I was very pleased with Ruth’s visit, having someone who was so recently in our student’s shoes, to speak, undoubtedly made an impact. She also spent a lot of time talking to girls at the reception afterwards and I know they really enjoyed that." Headmistress, Girls Senior School
- Writing for a competitive world
Ruth Amos, 22, an Entrepreneur and business women from Sheffield is set to take part in Create 32 Innovation for Austria, a prestigious project aimed at stimulating Austria’s economy and industry for the next generation. Ruth will form part of a group of ‘Future Makers’, a diverse group of international and national experts, entrepreneurs and participants from all sectors that have been invited to take part in the project. To avoid generating the usual ideas and plans for business and the economy, and to avoid the introduction of bias, Create 32 has decided to bring on board 30 young, dynamic "Future Makers" for its innovation process, out of which one third are under 35 years, half are female and two thirds are international. (For details of the experts see: http://www.create32.at/ )
Ruth said ‘It’s very exciting to be involved in such an event; the team involved is so diverse and knowledgeable. It’s an honour to be chosen to join.
An interview with Ruth Amos
Who or what was your motivation to achieve?
My parents, they always worked hard, expected the best from us and were real inspirations.
Why is it important for businesses and organisations to motivate staff in recession?
As human beings we thrive off motivation, what better way to increase productivity and create a positive work culture than through motivation!
What was the turning point of your business life?
For me one of the biggest moments in my business life was employing someone. It taught me a lot about myself and also about the business that I wanted to create. One of the hardest was overcoming the loss of a supplier, but at the same time it was one of the best it allowed me to grow.
What was the turning point of your personal life?
I would probably say when my dad had serious heart problems, it made me realise how fragile life is. It also made me realise i should take more time out.
Were there times you thought you would not succeed?
Many times! The funny thing is often when i felt my lowest the next day i would be given the best opportunities, i always try to be VERY optimistic, and so far it’s kept me doing well.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future
I would like a portfolio of businesses, to travel more and to kep having fun in my work.
Can you delegate?
At times i can, but if i feel it’s very important than i have to do it myself. I am trying to get better, but it’s not something that comes easily.
What makes a good manager or leader
Someone who can assess the situation from the outside, leading, like it suggests is about direction. It’s about choosing the right paths and making decisions. Keeping a business, team or project heading in the right direction.
Why do you think it is important to book an external speaker
I think having external speakers are exciting, they can say things that people within the organisation could not. The saying ‘a preacher is never welcome in his own town’. Its hard to listen when you think you know what is coming, external speakers are exciting, have had a different journey and a new perspective.
What advice would you give to youngsters who have a business idea?
Just go for it, start small, work out the easiest way to make it happen and then grow. Ask friends and family for help, and also don’t be afraid to ask already established business people for help or advice.
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