BUSINESSMAN Matt Holmes has overcome severe dyslexia to lead an award-winning company.
Matt, managing director of Longwood-based Liquid Accounts, was kicked out of his first school when he was labelled "backwards".
But after becoming the first person in the UK to try out some special coloured glasses – which helped him make sense of the jumble of letters he would otherwise see on the page – he gained both his O and A-levels and went on to get a special achievement award from Cambridge University.
The modest winner said: "It is not just about the guy at the top it’s about the team who have put up with my ways.
"This award should go to everyone who has helped move the business forward. They have all been laughing at me because I’m now 40 and I’ve only just made it into this category."
The award judges recognised Matt for his single-minded attitude to overcoming his difficulties as well as his technical expertise and business acumen.
As head of Liquid Accounts, he has pioneered online software in the UK and has created a company that is at the forefront of online accounting in the UK.
Also nominated in the category sponsored by Fantastic Media was Richard Conroy, of Conroy Brook Developments.