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Winners old and new
11:41am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Business
ENTREPRENEURS honoured a leading North- East businessman and the next generation of enterprising business owners at a recent awards ceremony.
Sir Peter Vardy, received a standing ovation from the 300 guests gathered for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum annual awards after he was recognised for Lifetime Achievement.
One of the founders and now an honorary ambassador of the forum, Sir Peter was selected for making a significant contribution to business in the North-East and creating thousands of jobs.
He took over the motor retail business started by his father, Reg Vardy, in 1982, and built it into one of Europe’s biggest and most profitable, with a turnover of £2bn and employing 6,000 people across the UK.
On being presented with his trophy by Colin McClymont, managing director of award sponsor The Pen Shop, Sir Peter said he was deeply honoured.
“I have had an interesting and challenging life and enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. “The car business was fabulous, we had a great time and built an amazing company. After my father died I was alone in business, so I valued the Entrepreneurs’ Forum because it was a team of people who offered support.”
The event, hosted by world champion athlete Steve Cram, also saw the official presentation of a prize worth £17,000 in investment, mentoring and practical support to the winner of The Northern Echo’s If We Can You Can Challenge 2013, which is organised by the forum, Dom Hodgson, of Pack Leader Dog Adventures.
The forum’s Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Jeff Winn, co-founder of Winns Solicitors.
Mr Winn was was a partner in a legal aid practice for ten years before setting up Bykerbased Winns, whose services are a one-stopshop for road traffic accident victims.
The Emerging Talent award for 2013, sponsored by NBS, went to Rob Mathieson, of AYO Digital, a Gateshead-based supplier of web-based software systems to customers including Renault, Hyundai and Gentoo Group.
Thanking his wife and the 25-strong team at AYO, Mr Mathieson said: “Everybody works so hard every single day and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”
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