Join us for the 'Steam Punk' themed BQ National Entrepreneur Festival 2017
Five entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire have made it to the final of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which are being held as part of the inaugural BQ Festival this month.
BQ and Atom Bank are hosting the inaugural National Entrepreneur Festival at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle upon Tyne on 21 November 2017.
The festival will see the presenting of the Emerging Entrepreneur Awards, which will highlight the tenacity, creativity, innovation and determination of the nation’s entrepreneurs.
Here is the shortlist for the Yorkshire regional award, chosen by our panel of expert judges:
ShaunDaniel - Alpaca Comfort Ltd
Husband and wife duo Shaun and Julie Daniel saw their retirement from the public sector as a chance to start their own business. After purchasing their own alpacas and forming the Yorkshire Alpaca Group they eventually turned their
Joe Formisano - Delivita LTD
Launched earlier this year by uncle and niece team Joe Formisano and Olivia Robinson, Delivita creates beautiful handmade table-top wood-fired ovens. Inspired by their Italian heritage, Joe and Liv created the Delivita oven to allow anyone to cook the perfect pizza. The pair gave up their successful careers to pursue this business venture. Joe was VP of sales for Shark/Ninja, a $1.8 Billion American company, while Liv was the marketing director for Mamas & Papas and
Urfan Ghulfam - Queens Qulfi Ltd
Self-described ‘Kulfitier’ Urfan GhulfamI is on a mission to make the traditional Indian frozen dairy dessert, Kulfi, mainstream. Starting with just an idea and £25, Urfan had to quickly learn about the world of branding, marketing, sales, infrastructure and funding. Without any financial support or backing, but with a whole lot of hard work, he was able to convert a derelict Grade A listed building into an approved working kitchen. Now, his business spans two retail outlets and two franchises with revenues projected to hit £2 million in the next three years.
Benjamin Lawton - Custom Controllers UK Limited
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
Daniel - Pawson Sea Chips
After leaving school at 16 to follow his passion for cooking, Daniel was soon winning competitions for his culinary skills, such as a young chef of the year award. At 18 he started a company called Rosti Haus with his friend Dom, selling potato rostis at events out of the back of their food trailer. After a couple of years, the young entrepreneur set up Chef Database, an internet company helping chefs and employers connect. A lack of cash flow and knowledge eventually forced this venture
The Emerging Entrepreneur Award for Yorkshire is sponsored by CityFibre. Marc Lough, city development manager for CityFibre will be presenting the award on the night.
He said: “Yorkshire’s business scene is thriving with a range of innovative companies breaking new ground.
“At CityFibre, we are determined to help entrepreneurs meet their goals in this rapidly evolving landscape, so it gives me particular pleasure to be involved with these awards.
“It was striking in the judging process to see so many sectors represented – everything from food and drink to manufacturing and charities to PR firms.
“While only a small number could be shortlisted, I’m heartened to see so many ambitious businesses based in Yorkshire and look forward to congratulating the winner on the night.”
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