18 June 2010: Peter Stephenson, Executive Chairman of Able UK Limited, was last night named EY North & Midlands Overall Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 at an awards dinner held in Manchester.
The judges described Peter as ‘a master entrepreneur’; an impressive finalist with a long and distinguished career. He was picked from among 15 business leaders who were all named regional winners [list below] at the event. All regional winners, from across the country, will now go on to compete at the UK finals in October this year.
Able UK is a pioneer in demolition and land remediation and a major force in the development of Port and Renewable Energy locations. Peter has embraced real challenges and has stayed ahead by taking calculated risks, being first, committing, and by combining a longterm vision and investment strategy with the ability to also capitalise on short term tactical opportunities. His personal application, innate business sense, penchant for practical innovation and his perseverance and endeavour have created a strong (£300mn + assets), financially sound, profitable and diversified Group with over 3,000 acres of Freehold Development Land.
"Entrepreneurs, like Peter, play a vital role in driving the UK’s economic recovery by creating wealth and employment," said Stuart Watson, EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader in the North & Midlands. “Their optimism, ability to spot opportunities and sheer hard work continues to drive positive change and inspire others.”
“Peter Stephenson has taken on projects and built businesses in specialist sectors where others would fear to tread. Peter is a master entrepreneur who has a broad range of skills and a long-term vision. He has achieved success on a major scale and embodies the spirit of entrepreneurialism.”
Independent judging panelThe North & Midlands independent judging panel 2010 included: Vanda Murray OBE (Chairperson of the judges’ panel); Anthony Preston, Non Executive Director, Pets at Home; Catherine Richards, Investment Director, Inflexion; David Rasche, Chairman, SSP Holdings Limited; Dean Hoyle, Non Executive Chairman, The Card Factory; John Kirkland OBE, Chairman, Bowmer and Kirkland Group of Companies; Mark Abrahams, Chief Executive Officer, Fenner PLC; Mohsin Issa, Director, Euro Garages Ltd; Neale Graham, Joint CEO, 2ergo Group plc; and Richard Dale, Chief Finance Officer, Newcastle University.
Full list of EY North & Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 regional winners:
Business Products and Services Entrepreneur Of The YearMartin Jones, PH Jones Limited, based in Malpas, Cheshire
E-Commerce Entrepreneur Of The YearAdam Hildreth, Crisp Thinking Group Limited, based in Leeds
Turnaround Entrepreneur Of The YearMichael Fort, Synexus Clinical Research Limited, based in Chorley
Consumer Products and Services Entrepreneur Of The YearMike Lord, Minivator Group Ltd, Kingswinford, West Midlands
Emerging Entrepreneur Of The YearSara Davies, Crafter’s Companion Limited, based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Cleantech Entrepreneur Of The YearSean O’Connor, Clean Energy Capital PLC, based in Leeds
Manufacturing Entrepreneur Of The YearMichael Oliver, Oliver Valves Ltd, based in Knutsford, Cheshire
Commercialisation of IP Entrepreneur Of The YearDr Michael Edelman, Nanoco Group plc, based in Manchester
Overall and Master Entrepreneur Of The YearPeter Stephenson, Able UK Limited, based in Billingham
Science, Technology and Communications Entrepreneur Of The YearElfed Thomas, i3 Group, based in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
Innovation Entrepreneur Of The YearProfessor Malcolm Young, e-Therapeutics plc, based in Newcastle upon Tyne
Customer Service Entrepreneur Of The YearRichard Tang, Zen Internet Limited, based in Rochdale
Social Entrepreneur Of The Year Martin Kinsella, P3, based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire
Retail Entrepreneur Of The YearTim Whitworth, Republic (Retail) Ltd, based in Leeds
Young Entrepreneur Of The YearOliver Cookson, CEND Limited t/a Myprotein.co.uk, based in Manchester
Special AwardStuart Griffiths, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited, based in Birmingham