Start-Up of the Year
CAMERON Thomas founded printing company and clothing rage CT Design following the death of his great-grandmother Mary Dawber.
He made his first £1,000 shortly afterwards and now produces up to 200 products a year.
He prints, sells and takes orders, and the customers tell him what they want on the product which can be anything from a t-shirt to a money box.
Cameron was unable to collect his award as he was celebrating his 16th birthday in London on the night of the ceremony.
His award - along with a £100 cheque - was collected by his grandparents, Alan and Susan Sidall.
Having collected the award, Alan said: “There is always a chance with Cameron. He's such a nice lad, through and through, it really is a pleasure to be his granddad.”
Susan said: “I'm so proud of Cameron and I know he will be proud too.”
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.”