Gin guru nominated for new business award

16th May

Competing against the best talent in the region, Simon Pownall, director at Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery has made the official shortlist for the Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Recognising and rewarding businesses as a whole as well as their individual employees, the brand-new awards encompass companies from all areas of work, across all industry sectors.
The Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises individuals who have started their own business. Demonstrating a fearless entrepreneurial spirit that has helped them and their business to success, they are driven by their commitment, vision and calculated risk-taking, leading them to build something notable. Simon is one of four people shortlisted for the award.
Simon said: “My partner Emma and I love living and working in Hull and I’m really proud to be part of the fantastic culture here, including a supportive and thriving business network. I’m thrilled to have been nominated and now shortlisted for this award. There is some amazing talent in Hull and East Yorkshire, and to be recognised alongside some of the other shortlisted individuals and businesses is a real honour.”
Founder of the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards, Jo Fleming, said: “There have been some outstanding entries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, and everyone who entered should be really proud of themselves.
“Narrowing down the shortlist was a difficult task, but we believe that we’ve chosen the best of the best that have the potential to be worthy award winners.
“Supporting talent in the workplace is essential, and the Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards give both individuals and businesses as a whole the chance to gain recognition for their hard work.”
Those shortlisted will now be judged by a panel of high-profile local business people, who have been selected for their wealth of experience in their chosen industry.

Taking place on Friday, July 12, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Hull, the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards is sponsored by Wilberforce College, and has a number of special guests in attendance to enhance the theme of success within business. This includes 2008 Apprentice winner Lee McQueen, who will serve as compere for the evening.
Keynote speakers Rob and Paul Forkan will also be present on the night to tell their inspirational story of overcoming adversity after being left orphaned by the 2004 tsunami.
Tickets for the Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards cost £70 each, or £650 for a table of ten. For more information, visit: heypibawards.com.
 
The Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards shortlist:
 
Rising Star – sponsored by Sapphire Signs
 
Jasmine Rhodes – ICS Cleaning, SPS Group
Declan Whiting – APD Communications Ltd
Ellie Dickens – Informed Financial Planning
Emily Rymchuk – Forward and Thinking
Jessica Clark – Blab Digital
Harry Gamble – Chameleon Business Interiors
 
Above and Beyond – sponsored by St Stephen’s Shopping Centre
 
Sam Bevan – Associated British Ports
Jo Nicholls – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Immy Hussain – Summit
Abigail Slide – Whitehills Dental and Skin Clinic
Emily Rymchuk – Forward and Thinking
Joanne Mankel – Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Brendon Smurthwaite – KCOM
 
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Hull City Council
 
Sam Phillipi – Cranswick Country Foods Poultry
Joshua Cooper – Associated British Ports
Katie MacFarlane – Trans2 Performance
Damian Graczyk – KCOM
Laszlo Villanyi – SPS Group
 
First Class Service
 
Joshua Smith – Cobus Communications
Sophie Scudder – Whitehills Dental and Skin Clinic
Zofia Thompson – Fit4dogsuk Ltd Canine Hydrotherapy Centre
Rachelle Gray – HBP Systems Ltd
Ashley Biglin – Informed Financial Planning
 
Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Sewell Group
 
John Hemingway – Dark History Museum
Amy Hills – Whitehills Dental and Skin Clinic/ Whitehills Wellness Spa
Martin Johnson – Trans2 Performance
Courtney Farrow – Bloom Creative Solutions Ltd
 
Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Sewell Group
 
Courtney Wood – Blab Digital
Simon Pownall – Hotham’s Gin School and Distillery
Michelle Shenton – Lion Heart Hot Yoga Hull
Matthew Riley – Studio Six Architecture Ltd
 
Inspiring Contribution
 
Joanne Dixon – HBP Systems Ltd
Jessica Crawford – Informed Financial Planning
Natalie Downie – Forward and Thinking
Darren Clewes – Forward and Thinking
Lee Holgate – SPS Security, SPS Group
 
Innovator
 
Liam Peck – Sapphire Signs
Cliff Dick – HiViz Safety
James Foston – Informed Financial Planning
 
Manager – sponsored by Humber HR People
 
Daniel Casey – Sapphire Signs
Natasha Barley – HEY Children’s University
Laura Stubbs – AB Mauri
Suzie Sonnabend – Whitehills Dental and Skin Clinic
Dave Gregersen – KCOM
Claire Clark – Sauce
 
Team Impact – sponsored by Cobus Communications
 
The EOA Team – Employee Ownership Association
The Design Team – Chameleon Business Interiors
HEY Children’s University
OPCC Engagement Team – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The APD Development and Test Team – APD Communications
Packaging Department – Cranswick Country Foods Poultry
 
Grit – sponsored by NEC Services Ltd
 
Rachel Naulls – Informed Financial Planning
Hannah Cheshire – InspireIgnite
Samantha Hart – Ultimate Blu
Matthew Riley – Studio Six Architecture Ltd
 
Lifetime Achievement – sponsored by Wilberforce Sixth Form College
 
Note: The lifetime achievement award will be announced on the evening

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