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Friday 30 May 2014

Southampton Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee

Associate Lecturer in Events Matt Bunday talks about his journey to a South Coast Business Awards nomination.

My relationship with the events industry started in a less traditional way. Originally from Southampton, I moved up to London to get into the theatre world. I graduated from theRoyal Central School of Speech and Drama before going straight into the West End to work at the English National Opera.

I then worked on the Entertainment Management Team at Legoland Windsor which was great fun. Unfortunately it wasn’t all driving Lego cars around and helping kids! It was quite a big operation, thousands of people were involved. At the age of 23 I was one of the stage managers but was also regularly the duty manager for the entertainment department. In a team of that size, it was definitely a challenge.

After finishing Legoland and touring for a few months, I moved back to Southampton. I was involved in a number of events like the Southampton and London Boat Shows as well as the Southampton Passion 2011 which I production managed.

Everything went really well, and so Matt Bunday Events Ltd came to life as an effort to build on those successes. It was also something I could combine with starting life as an Associate Lecturer at Solent.


For the last two-three years we’ve been building the company up. In collaboration with organisations like Southampton Solent University, we have organised a great deal of events including the Titanic 100 Commemoration Event, the Southampton Solent Fashion Show and the 2012 Graduation Ball.

The ball was especially good because students across the University came together and worked on it, from event management, make-up, costumes, bands and camera crews. In fact, I can directly trace the careers of some of our graduates to the events we worked on together so I know it was an invaluable experience for them.

This year my business partner suggested that I go for the ‘Southampton Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the South Coast Business Awards. He really felt like I had something to give and the nomination focused on work with students, charities and local community groups in Southampton as well as our business processes.

We love to see local things take place and in the future we want to organise more events centred on Southampton’s rich heritage. The application was submitted and I have been shortlisted!

The awards are taking place in July and we are counting down the days. The next stage is doing a 10 minute presentation to some senior judges in the banking and business world. We would really like to raise awareness of what we do and what goes on in Southampton so stay tuned for the results!