A BRIGHOUSE businessman has been shortlisted for a top regional award.

Chris Hopkins (pictured right), managing director of renewable energy specialist Ploughcroft, is in the running for the North Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

He was selected as a finalist from hundreds of entrants across the North of England for the annual awards, which recognise excellence in business success.

The regional winner in the competition run by professional services firm Ernst & Young will be announced on June 26 at a ceremony in Manchester.

The winner from each of four UK regions will go through to the national final to compete for the title of UK Entrepreneur Of The Year. The UK winner will then be entered into the firm’s international awards.

Mr Hopkins said: "It is really exciting to be shortlisted for this award. I hope that my story will help to inspire other entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and grow their businesses significantly, even in difficult economic times.”

Mr Hopkins was recognised by the judges for his entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and the ability to lead and build teams.

He has already gained national recognition by securing investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis on BBC's Dragons Den.