Are you going to make your mark in 2009?

DURING these times of doom and gloom and the continuing credit crunch, innovative people in Lowestoft and Southwold have still managed to inspire a captive audience with their innovative ideas.

DURING these times of doom and gloom and the continuing credit crunch, innovative people in Lowestoft and Southwold have still managed to inspire a captive audience with their innovative ideas.

And in 2008 dozens of people made their mark, securing lucrative business deals, celebrity status and sporting glory.

Now The Journal has linked up with the Make Your Mark Campaign to bring you a comprehensive guide of the Ones to Watch for 2009.

People need to be enterprising to help transform our society from the current downturn to a booming upturn.


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And over the next few months we will be talking to individuals and groups of people we predict are destined for success in the world of sport, theatre and business, amongst many other fields.

It is hoped that some of these budding stars will be special guests at an Easter conference at Lowestoft's Orbis Centre, hosted by Enterprise Lowestoft, the Make Your Mark Campaign and some well known faces.

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As well as those who are teetering on the brink of great achievement, we will also be profiling people who are expanding their businesses and expertise and taking their skills in a different direction.

Lowestoft and Southwold already has some rising stars making their mark in 2008.

Amongst them were young Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo, who took part in Big Brother's Celebrity Hijack, finishing in fourth place and the whole of the Lowestoft Town Football Club, who took thousands of fans with them to Wembley in their bid for FA Vase glory.

Another face, which has become increasingly recognisable, was Reydon based Young and Pure skincare founder Lianne Miller, who took part in many inspirational seminars, as well as appearing in BBC3 programme The Last Millionaire and Pakefield Pontins Bluecoat Scott Bruton, made it to the live shows of this year's X Factor.

Alan Sinclair, who works as a forklift truck driver at Birds Eye in Lowestoft just failed to win the �10,000 top prize in the televised grand final of Britain's Best Dish, although his talent was praised.

Birds Eye also featured in the fortunes of student Paige Alexander, who made shoes, a hat, handbag and belt from packets of garden peas, which the company are now displaying within their premises.

Kirkley High School became the first female team from Lowestoft to lift the English Schools' Football Association U16 National Schools Cup, while teenager Luke Cook, who was the first winner of The Journal's Sunrise Talent competition was crowned champion of Search for a Star for his magic skills.

Hazel Johnson, campaign director of Make Your Mark said: 'These enterprising people are an inspiration to all of us. There hard work, determination and creativity have provided them with exiting opportunities for 2009.

'This could be your year, and although economic times are hard, challenges and ingenuity required will result in the production of effective, flexible and innovative businesses. Enterprising people need to be clever and radical, show real determination, hard work and unprecedented agility to help become the inspiration for 2010.'

If you want to nominate an individual or business as one of the Ones to Watch for 2009, email louisa.kennard@archant.co.uk or call 01502 525838.

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