Simon Ward of ITG named EY Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year
17 June 2015
Simon, who also took home the Technology award, was described by judges as a ‘serial entrepreneur’ who isn’t afraid to take risks and has ‘grown a succession of businesses by pioneering new approaches and innovating’.
Birmingham-based ITG deliver technology-led solutions to help marketing departments operate more efficiently. This includes outsourced print management services to major retailers and branded businesses. The business was formed in 2009 by Simon Ward, following his acquisition and integration of three independent Birmingham-based marketing businesses.
Adrian Roberts, Partner and Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at EY, said: “Simon’s entrepreneurial spirit, passion for innovative technologies and strong leadership skills have been the driving force behind ITG’s rapid growth over just six years. Their innovative software is a differentiator in the market and makes the firm ideally positioned to accelerate growth in existing and new overseas markets over the coming years.”
Held at the Birmingham Town Hall and hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenter, Nick Owen, the awards dinner honoured local business leaders across 10 categories. Out of 32 finalists from across the Midlands, the following took home awards: Chris Charnley, Mark Osborne and John Thompson of Ambrey Risk; Pino De Rosa of Bridgeway Consulting; Peter Jarvis of Contechs; Michael Britton of Goodwill Solutions; Iain Lister of Greenray Energy Solutions; Dr Mark Payton of Mercia Technologies; Jim McCarthy of Poundland Group; Dr Mark Egerton of Quotient Clinical, The Translational Pharmaceutics Company; Simon Cashmore of TCL Group and Simon Ward of ITG.
All of the above winners will go to represent the Midlands at the UK finals in October 2015.
Adrian Roberts continues: “Congratulations to all our Midlands winners – a group of truly remarkable and inspirational people who are flying the flag for our region. With entrepreneurs, like our finalists, who generate jobs and wealth right across the country and indeed internationally, we’re starting to see a rebalancing of the economy in favour of regions outside of London and the South East.”