Founder of video game controller customization company, Benjamin has shown his entrepreneurial stripes by beating out the competition to be named BQ's 'Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year' for Yorkshire.
Benjamin was one of seven winners of emerging entrepreneur awards for the UK, announced at last night’s award show in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop.
Benjamin started his entrepreneurial journey selling cans of coke and chocolate bars from his rucksack at school. This gave him a taste for being his own boss and provided him with the motivation to look for business opportunities as an adult. That’s when he came up with the idea of customising gaming controllers for the Xbox and PlayStation.
With a can of spray paint from Halfords and his garden shed, he began his journey. Now, he has upgraded his shed into a 5,000sqft warehouse in the heart of Leeds with a 25+ strong team of warehouse staff, marketers, designers, customer service operators, and fully trained controller technicians.
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.
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
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.
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