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New wave of Mex2go.

Byline: MARJORIE CALDER

IT'S not easy running your own business, but what are the odds against setting up two award- winning firms within the same family - before the age of 30?

Kieran Middleton, 29, has recently lifted the title of Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his new Mexican takeaway fast food firm, Mex2go.

But amazingly, he takes the title on from wife Kerri, 28, who was last year's winner in her own right.

Mex2go, which sells authentic Mexican food and beer, was set up just a year ago by Kieran and his business partner, Neil Jordan.

Now employing 10 staff, the firm have just opened their second Edinburgh branch and, by the end of this year, plan to take their popular carry- out concept to Glasgow, before franchising the idea right across the UK.

Ironically, it was only the runaway success of Kerri's K2 Product Design business which allowed Kieran the opportunity to put his own entrepreneurial ideas into action.

K2 is famous for its innovative cardholder and stationery range - which is stocked by major outlets such as John Lewis, Next Directory and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Sales increased to such an extent that it allowed Kieran to give up his monthly income as a social worker.

But he has built up Mex2go his own way and, while they share knowledge and business expertise, the two family firms could scarcely be more different.

Kieran says: "Obviously there was a lot of pressure on me to mirror my wife's achievements - but we are both delighted.

"I came up with the idea for Mex2go after being inspired by the huge popularity of Mexican take- away food in America.

"I love food and I have always wanted to be my own boss."

Wife Kerri, who has been described by colleagues as having the ability to persuade an Eskimo to buy a sunhat, is firmly behind her husband's new venture. She says: "I am really happy that we have achieved this unique family double."

The Shell Livewire competition is an annual event for young business owners, from 16 to 30 years of age.

Kieran will now go forward to the UK finals, which are being held in London, in June where the top prize is worth pounds 10,000.

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The Association of MBAs has launched the MBA Academy.

Graduates can come back to refresh their skills and pick up on the latest management theory, long after the dust has settled on their original degree certificate.

MBAs can brush up their skills and get a second chance to network with like-minded professionals through a consortium refresher course.

This is designed in tandem with Rotterdam School of Management, Henley Management College and Manchester Business School.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 10, 2001
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