Thunderhead chief executive Glen Manchester, LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett and TrafficBroker boss Neil Hutchinson picked up the top individual gongs at the Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards.
More than 400 people attended the ceremony, which was held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square and was hosted by the Rt Hon William Hague.
Manchester was named Entrepreneur of the Year after a bumper 12 months for his document company, Thunderhead. The firm is a provider of electronic communications software to the investment banking sector (among others) but the turmoil in the financial markets isn’t fazing Manchester: so far, his 50 per cent growth projections for this year are on track
Meanwhile, Hutchinson was recognised as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He’s built TrafficBroker from scratch into one of the UK’s largest affiliate marketing firms.
Will King’s shaving firm, King of Shaves, won Company of the Year. King reportedly rang his mum and dad to tell them of his success straight after taking out the category and was also interviewed by the BBC shortly afterwards.
The other winners were:
Concert Live: Young Company of the Year
RDS Technology: Technology and Innovation
Thebigwordgroup: Global Outlook and Expansion:
Net-a-porter-com: Customer Excellence
BEcause: People and Performance
Alumet: New Product of the Year
East London Small Business Enterprise: Social Enterprise Award