Lucy-Rose Walker of Entrepreneurial Spark

Lucy-Rose Walker of Entrepreneurial Spark

Manchester firms win Entrepreneuring Awards

Manchester start-ups were awarded a total of £24,000 on Wednesday night at the bi-annual Entrepreneuring Awards hosted by Entrepreneurial Spark.

The awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and determination of all Entrepreneurial Spark’s entrepreneurs across the country with the following prizes:

Entrepreneur of the Moment

The main award of the evening, Entrepreneur of the Moment was awarded to an entrepreneur Entrepreneurial Spark believes has built a viable new product or service which has the potential to gain international recognition. They have shown sheer determination, dedication and an ability for identifying and capitalising on small opportunities that can return big results.

The winner who secured £7,000 on the night was, Stephen Tucker founder of Bunting Software Ltd, software which easily plugs in to any website, regardless of platform, delivering personalised product recommendations and other targeted content.

Acceler8 award

The Acceler8 award recognises the businesses that have made significant progress in the last six months by moving out of their comfort zones to make the most of every opportunity.

Gemma Voaden, founder of All Survey Ltd, a surveying specialist delivering legal compliance surveys to the highest possible standards, walked away with £4,000 after securing bank funding and hiring two new staff members. Katie Barrett, founder of The Design House, an innovative interior design company offering bespoke design services to new home companies across the North West and Wales, also secured a prize of £4,000.

#GoDo prize

The #GoDo prize is awarded to the entrepreneurs who take action, seek challenges and make every day count, delivering impressive results using a #GoDo mindset.

Two lucky entrepreneurs fended off strong competition to be awarded the prize, and £3,000 each: Tim Hewitt, founder of Sourcerock Services Ltd an independent headhunting company focused on identifying and recruiting construction industry professionals throughout the UK, and Kirk Ryan, founder of K-Safe, which develops technology that identifies road incident situations and performs the necessary actions to ensure personal safety.

Chiclet’s Choice award

The Chiclet’s Choice award, nominated by fellow entrepreneurs, recognises the Chiclet who demonstrates the greatest degree of return and support within their Hatchery.

Carrie Morgan, founder of The Sales Way, a sales enablement agency focused on technology and engineering industries, was selected by her fellow entrepreneurs to receive the £1,000 prize for always willing to help others and sharing her experience of the best online entrepreneurial tools which help grow and scale businesses.

Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer Lucy-Rose Walker said: “Congratulations to all our Manchester winners, it’s fantastic to see a continuous stream of enthusiasm and dedication from our entrepreneurs.

“Our Entrepreneuring Awards are designed to recognise start-ups that have embraced the #GoDo mindset to make significant progress within the first six months in the Manchester Hatchery. It’s an opportunity to celebrate their entrepreneurial journey and provide a benchmark for future development and business growth.

Dale Sidebottom, Entrepreneur Development Manager at NatWest, said: “The awards recognise the hard work, commitment and determination the Chiclets have shown over the last few months.

“It’s been a wonderful way to celebrate their achievements and the ways many have pivoted as their businesses have developed with support from the Enablement team at the Hatchery and our partners. We wish all of the Chiclets every success for the future.”