Managing Director of Manor Royal company in running for Entrepreneur of the Year
A managing director of a Manor Royal-based company is in the running to be named Britain's best small business entrepreneur.
Matt Turner, who launched printing and marketing company Creative Pod in 2006, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year category at the 2015 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Creative Pod, based at Basepoint Business and Innoivation Centre, off Metcalf Way, offers printing, design and marketing services. In 2011, Matt also co-founded the Young Start-Up Talent contest that has run annually for 16 to 25-year-olds with a £50,000 prize package to help the winner start their own business.
The co-owner of Crawley Town Football Club said: "It's fantastic to be shortlisted for a national award and so proud to be the only finalist in Sussex out of the hundreds of small businesses in the area.
"The team and I are excited to be recognised for the work that we do to help local businesses in the area through our design, print and marketing business and also for our mentoring and coaching with young entrepreneurs through the work of Young Start-up Talent."
Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, added: "The entries we have received for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards can only be described as awe inspiring. The quality has been outstanding.
"The judges have had the extremely difficult task of whittling the great and good of the entrepreneurial community down to the very best and we are delighted by the companies that have made the shortlist."
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, taking place on Wednesday 25 November at the Ballroom Southbank, Central London, are set to become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs.
They mark a new era for entrepreneurship in the UK and this inaugural event is set to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and inspiration provided by entrepreneurial businesses.