Yorkshire’s business stars make it to Northern final

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ENTREPRENEURS FROM seven Yorkshire companies are in contention for awards which honour the UK’s finest business minds.

Some of the biggest names in Yorkshire’s corporate world have beaten off fierce competition to make the shortlist in EY’s North of England Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2014, which are sponsored by Credit Suisse.

The business leaders from companies in sectors such as food and drink, marketing and retail will also compete with entrepreneurs from 21 other firms based in the North West and the North East at the North of England final, which will be held on June 24 at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester.

The North of England winners will go on to compete for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014. They will be hoping to emulate the success of James Lambert of Northallerton-based R&R Ice Cream, who was named EY’s North of England Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 and went on to win the UK Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 title.

He will represent the UK at a global Entrepreneur Of The Year awards ceremony in Monte Carlo in June. Paul Stoneham of Leeds-based ghd won the turnaround category at the North of England awards in 2013.

Stuart Watson, Yorkshire and UK Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at EY, said: “Our 2014 Yorkshire finalists have delivered significant growth and responded to their customers’ needs by developing strong, differentiated propositions.”

This year’s Yorkshire finalists are Robert Whiteside, chief executive of Adare, from Huddersfield; Richard Butterfield, group chairman, Principle Holdings, also from Huddersfield; Sean Ramsden, chief executive, Ramsden International, from Grimsby; Caroline Wherritt, chief executive, Re:Work Office Furniture, from Leeds; Hedley Aylott, chief executive and co-founder, Summit, from Willerby, near Hull, Gavin Winter, managing director, The Test People, from Leeds and Jon Wright, chief executive of Leeds-based Xercise4Less.