Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Last night saw the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, held in Manchester. Among the winners were brothers Danny and Mark Schweiger, who run Character World, and Yorkshire businessman, Dean Hoyle, who won the overall title for the North and Midlands.
Also on the podium were care homes boss Alan Firth of Meridian Healthcare and Nick Snelson, of print management group Allied Publicity Services.
As reported by the TheBusinessDesk, Judges praised the Schweiger’s textile company Character World, based in Cheadle, saying: “Excellent products and product engineering in a market they have opened up for bedroom accessories. An excellent performance in a competitive market.”
Simon Allport, Manchester senior partner at Ernst & Young, said: “Entrepreneurs achieve great things and are real drivers of the global economy. Their vision, leadership, determination and sheer hard work are an inspiration to us all. In turbulent times where some businesses see hurdles, entrepreneurs identify and act on opportunities that the market presents.”
The award-winners will now represent the north-west in the national finals in October, where the Ernst & Young Overall UK Entrepreneur Of The Year title is up for grabs. The UK winner will go out to Monte Carlo next May to compete for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year.