Andy Haddon named the North East’s emerging entrepreneur

Andy Haddon named the North East’s emerging entrepreneur

Earth Doctors founder Andy Haddon has been named the emerging entrepreneur for the North East, for his business which aims to establish an alternative to the global food system.

Andy was one of seven winners of emerging entrepreneur awards for the UK, announced during tonight’s award show in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop.

His business, Earth Doctors, develops projects that showcase innovative approaches to local food. As an incubator, Earth Doctors has also helped to nurture other projects that allow local food to be made available and affordable to all communities. In addition, the company manufactured a pilot plant producing biochar in 2014.

Hosted by BQ and powered by Atom Bank, the Emerging Entrepreneur awards brought together entrepreneurs from across the UK with the challenge of identifying individuals who, in their view, are a next generation entrepreneur.

The North East award was supported by Northumbria University. Lucy Winskell OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Employability and Partnerships) at Northumbria, said: “It was my absolute pleasure to present the Northumbria University sponsored North East and Cumbria Entrepreneur regional award last night.

“This region’s shortlist proved to be innovative and inspiring and reflected the excellent submissions across all BQ regional finalists. I would like to offer my own congratulations to Andy for winning the North East and Cumbria award, a worthy winner against very strong competition. Looking ahead, Northumbria University will continue to provide inspiration, opportunities and support for our developing student entrepreneurs and alumni.”

BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Yorkshire went to Benjamin Lawton of Custom Controllers.

Scotland’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to James McIlroy of Enterobiotix.

The winner of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the North West was Kate Badger of the Academy of Fun!

In the Midlands, the award was scooped by Melissa Snover of the Magic Candy Factory.

The Welsh Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year is Sue Poole of C4EE, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Education.

Leila Francis Coleman of AquaPhysical is the winner of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for London & the South.