A HUDDERSFIELD man who triumphed over personal adversity to set up his own successful company has been hailed as one of the region’s business heroes.

Stephen Collins, who has cerebral palsy, was one of the winners in the Barclays Trading Places Awards. The competition recognises men and women who have battled against the odds to change their lives for the better by setting up in business.

Stephen, 47, was presented with his trophy at a gala luncheon in Manchester. He now goes forward to the national awards in October and the chance of scooping the top prize worth more than £13,000 at a black-tie awards dinner in London.

Stephen launched Lazarus Mobility last year to provide a range of mobility products which have been chosen, tested and endorsed by himself.

He has already impressed Duncan Bannatyne, star of BBC programme Dragon’s Den, who has promised to back Marsden-based Lazarus Mobility during its first year by paying Stephen’s wages.

John Davis, Barclays marketing director for local business and one of the award judges, said: “The Trading Places Awards honour unsung heroes who have taken steps to grow their own sustainable business and in doing so have transformed their prospects for the better.

“We hope that with this recognition, Lazarus Mobility will continue on the road to success. We also hope Stephen’s story will inspire other budding entrepreneurs who face similar difficulties in their private lives to come forward and turn their own business dreams into reality.”