Start-Up of the Year
Lots of people dream of setting up a business and working for themselves.
But becoming self-employed is a big step for anyone leaving paid employment said Owen Gleadall, president of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
Do you know someone who has taken the plunge? Nominate them for a Proud of Barnsley award today!
Owen said according to the current government, the economic future of the country lies in the hands of small and medium enterprises.
He said this suggests small companies are the future and two issues needed to be addressed - to develop existing SMEs with high growth potential and to create an environment which encourages new entrepreneurs to be prepared to turn their ideas into businesses, creating wealth and employment for themselves and their community.
There are a number of schemes supporting new businesses from those leaving long term employment to those who have been harbouring an idea for years and never done anything about it.
Owen added: “The New Business Start-Up Award, offered as part of the Proud of Barnsley Awards, seeks to recognise those local businesses who have achieved exactly that objective. What it seeks to ensure is there is sufficient incentive and recognition for anyone who has taken this first step.”
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.”