Boss in running for new entrepreneur award

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A DYNAMIC Wigan boss who started his empire from a PC in his bedroom has been shortlisted for a prestigious new award.

Colin Stevens, MD of Wallgate based Better Bathrooms, is a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Attracting a record number of nominations, 137 outstanding business leaders from around the UK have been successfully selected.

The judges recognised their phenomenal achievements and contributions that help drive the nation’s economy.

As one of 43 regional semi-finalists from the North, Stevens will do battle against a broad selection of entrepreneurial talent including Paul Stoneham of ghd and James Lambert of R and R Ice Cream.

Following the announcement, each regional finalist must now wow the UK judging panel. Basing their judging criteria on various areas, the winners must showcase a wealth of innovation, an impressive financial performance, both national and global success, social responsibility and of course, entrepreneurial spirit.

Following a wealth of entrepreneurial success during 2012, Mr Stevens hopes to continue his award winning streak which saw him scoop Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards, Growing Business Awards and North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

He said: “This is yet more great recognition of Better Bathrooms’ success. In such a competitive market we’ve reaped phenomenal achievements over the past 12 years, therefore it’s fantastic that other realise our accomplishments and huge potential.”

The regional winners from the North will be announced at a black tie gala at the Manchester Hilton on June 25.

All successful winners will then go on to represent the North during the prestigious UK finals in October.