A YOUNG entrepreneur has won a business start-up award.

Casey Lam, who founded Top Hat Teacakes, picked up the Durham University Blueprint 2013 prize.

She will now compete in a regional final against winners from the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside.

She said: “It’s so exciting to launch a product and grow its success.

“However, to win an award so early on is unbelievable – and amazingly encouraging.”

Top Hat Teacakes will have a stall at Durham’s Youth Market on Sunday (May 19).