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Teenager who set up his own airline is shortlisted for BBC Radio 1 award

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 10, 2010

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A HIGH-FLYING teen businessman said he felt "honoured" after being shortlisted for a national award.

Sixth former Joseph Hayat, of Sleaford, already has a successful IT company under his belt and, in September, launched his own charter air travel firm.

But now, after being nominated by one of his former schoolmates, the 17-year-old is down to the final three in the first Teen Entrepreneur award at BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards.

Mr Hayat, who attends St George's College, in Sleaford, said: "I was shocked to be nominated. The nomination came from a former head girl at school who I hadn't really spoken to that much.

"It's a real honour for me, but I don't think I really deserve it yet.

"I did have success with my computer stuff but it's been tough with the new air charter business.

"I don't feel I've done anything out of the ordinary and there are some quite interesting nominees, so I'm not really too fussed whether I win. I'm honoured just to be nominated and proud to be able to represent Lincolnshire.

"It's nice to know we've not been forgotten as a county."

The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards has three categories – teen hero, teen community hero and teen entrepreneur, with the shortlist being compiled by a panel including Radio 1Xtra's Gemma Cairney, X Factor winner Joe McElderry, singer Professor Green and MP Tim Loughton.

In the teen entrepreneur section, Mr Hayat will be up against two other contenders.

One is a 17-year-old of Kent who, after attracting a following on social networking website Bebo with daily Christian messages of inspiration, is now working to turn this following into a market for Christian-themed clothing.

The other is a 16-year-old of Maidenhead, who is rearing rare breeds of chickens in humane, free-range conditions for sale to local families to keep in their gardens.

But student Eve Richards, who nominated Mr Hayat, said: "As soon as I heard about the entrepreneur awards I thought of Joe.

"I think he really deserves it."

The awards take place on Sunday at the Hammersmith Apollo.

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    Jim Gash, Sleaford  |  November 16 2010, 8:56AM

    I wish you all the best in your business adventures.

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    Doc, lincoln  |  November 16 2010, 8:53AM

    Good Luck to you Joseph.