Entrepreneur Kate Badger has been awarded the title of emerging entrepreneur for the North West after judges were impressed with her business, Academy of Fun.
Kate was one of seven winners of emerging entrepreneur awards for the UK, announced at tonight’s award show in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop.
Kate started out “with nothing more than a box of LEGO” and over two years has grown the Academy of Fun to provide role play adventures, bake offs, crafting, music, theatre, gardening and crazy sports, delivering fun and engaging activities for 4-11 year olds.
Academy of Fun has grown from children’s birthday parties to working with large companies, and this year provided a family zone for the British Grand Prix.
Hosted by BQ and powered by Atom Bank, the awards bring together entrepreneurs from across the UK with the challenge of identifying individuals who, in their view, are a next generation entrepreneur.
BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Yorkshire went to Benjamin Lawton of Custom Controllers.
In the North East & Cumbria, the award was won by Andy Haddon of Earth Doctors Ltd.
Scotland’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to James McIlroy of Enterobiotix.
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.
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