Start-Up of the Year
Young florist Stephanie Tue has opened two florists and won an award at Chelsea Flower Show - all by the age of 20.
Stephanie, of Hodroyd Farm, South Hiendley, became the owner of Pickerings on Peel Street, in May - having taken over from her former college tutor.
She already runs Stephanotis at Rob Royd Farm Shop on Genn Lane.
Stephanie realised early on that she wanted to work with flowers and got a job in a florist at weekends and school holidays.
She went on to do a course in floristry and gained more experience.
At 17, Stephanie entered the Young Florist of the Year competition and won with her table centre which was based on the Olympic torch. This gave her a place at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2012 where she won a silver gilt medal for her chandelier design to mark the Queen's jubilee.
Upon winning her award, Stephanie said: "I'm really overwhelmed. I was quite shocked to have made the final three. There were some other really good businesses in this category and it's really amazing to have been picked as the winner. "I don't know which florist I'm going to put my award in - I might have to split it between them!"
Calling all forward thinking entrepreneurs, if you’ve watched your business idea turn into a business reality we want you to nominate yourself for our Start Up of the Year award to recognise your success.
This award is aimed at start up businesses where their owners have displayed talent, creativity and the skills to be a real business star of the future.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Track record of entrepreneurial achievement (not necessarily financial) within a current business.
- Evidence of building a scalable business or brand.
- Innovation in your technology, product, service or sector.
- Personal ambition and vision.
- Positive personal leadership of the business and workforce.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, why not nominate them for this award.
Haywood & Padgett
Carlton Industrial Estate
Barnsley S71 3HS
Telephone: 01226 770011www.haywood-padgett.co.uk
Wayne Padgett, managing director of Haywood and Padgett Ltd chose to sponsor the new business category because almost 30 years ago he and his business partner at the time became a ‘start up’ business. In 1987 when located in Wombwell they borrowed £5,000 from the Yorkshire Bank to enable them to bake and cut scones by hand and supply the local market traders.
Now in 2014 Wayne and his family are involved in continually developing the business. Wayne’s eldest daughter Rebecca can be found at the bakery seven days a week, learning the ropes and working alongside her dad.
Some of the successes of the business are that Haywood and Padgett Ltd now supplies most major supermarkets with scones and over the last two years have developed business in Australia in a major food chain and in Japan in Karaoke bars. Wayne is currently aiming to gain business in China. Last year Bridget Pearson of Your Bridge to China accompanied Wayne and Rebecca to the International Food Trade Fare in Guagzhoo to support growth in the Chinese Market. Bridget is in China building relationships with key contacts to promote Haywood and Padgett products.
For the past 2 years they have been finalists in the National Food Awards, (the Oscars of the food industry), which is a great achievement. They have also just been given a silver award by BMBC Public Health and the NHS for the way in which they care for their staff.
Wayne said: “Whilst the business is a success story for Barnsley we are always developing new ideas to keep us in the market. Last year we launched a new range called Becky’s Bakery and have created some exciting new flavours and fruit combinations which are ready to promote this year.
“Our latest development is a long-life product that is stirring up interest from buyers.
“Haywood and Padgett Ltd is delighted to be sponsoring the Proud of Barnsley Awards for the third year running. I believe it is important to encourage start-up businesses to help sustain growth and development for the town, offering continued employment for Barnsley people.”