Two Huddersfield entrepreneurs are in the running for a top business award.
Robert Whiteside, chief executive of marketing and communications company Adare, and Richard Butterfield, group chairman of Principle Holdings Ltd are among seven Yorkshire business leaders to be shortlisted for the North of England Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2014 run by accountancy firm Ernst & Young (EY).
Together, the seven businesses employ more than 1,500 people and have combined sales in excess of £310m and encompass sectors including food and drink, marketing and retail.
The seven will 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 vie for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014.
Principle Group, based at Tandem Industrial Estate, Waterloo, was formed in 1987 by Mr Butterfield in an old mill in Scissett – offering a management service for changing signs on commercial buildings. Now it offers a range of consulting, project management, production and implementation services to blue chip clients in a a range of sectors and has offices in the UK, France, Germany, the USA, Brazil, China and India.
Clayton West-based Adare provides marketing and secure communications services to clients in sectors such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, leisure and retail. In 2006, Mr Whiteside led a management buy-out of the business and under his leadership, Adare was transformed from a collection of individual firms into a fully integrated organisation under a single brand.
Stuart Watson, of EY, said: “Our 2014 Yorkshire finalists have delivered significant growth and responded to their customers’ needs.”
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