A GO-AHEAD marketing company is making a timely contribution in the drive to name Huddersfield as the UK's Capital of Enterprise.

Eleventh Hour Marketing is one of the town's fastest- growing businesses.

And its managing director, Andrew Randall, is also on track for honours.

He has been named as the only finalist outside London in the T-Mobile Business Start-Up Awards.

Mr Randall hopes to win the title of UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year when the award winners are named on Friday, October 15.

Eleventh Hour was launched two years ago from Mr Randall's home and now has a staff of eight based at the Media Centre.

And he is convinced that Huddersfield's tradition of enterprise helped boost the business.

"I began the business in Halifax," he said. "But I am sure that if I had stayed there, I would still be working by myself as a consultant, perhaps employing one or two people on a temporary basis.

"Huddersfield is a place which supports new businesses.

"The business community is open with a strong accent on building relationships and networking.

"It can truly lay claim to be a capital for enterprise."

Eleventh Hour has built up a business providing direct mail and telephone marketing services to clients including financial group GE Capital, Huddersfield University, Yorkshire Tourist Board and Kirklees Council.

Eleventh Hour has trebled its turnover each year and is set to franchise its tele-sales operation UK-wide. It has opened a southern office in Basingstoke and is also starting to trade in the USA.

The company is a "graduate" of the Huddersfield Business Generator (HBG) - a scheme backed by Huddersfield University to support start-ups in the creative industries.

Last year, Eleventh Hour was the winner of the first-ever Rising Star Award backed by HBG, Huddersfield University and the Prince's Trust.

The company also supports good causes.

Mr Randall undertook a 3,600-mile round trip to deliver 45 tons of goods, including medical supplies, toys and games to children's hospitals in Bosnia.

HUDDERSFIELD hopes to land the title of UK Capital for Enterprise by highlighting local achievements in business, the arts and community.

Regeneration company Huddersfield Pride is leading the bid, which is also backed by the town's university, Kirklees Council, Business Link West Yorkshire, creative agency QT and the Media Centre, which offers special media work units in Northumberland Street.

The bid will be presented to regional development agency Yorkshire Forward this week. The agency will select a bid from towns and cities in Yorkshire to represent the region in the national final. Finalists in the Treasury-led contest will be announced in November.