THE Wigan founder of a booming business empire is in line for top honours.
Colin Stevens has been shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 at this year’s National Business Awards. The 32-year-old from Wigan is the Managing Director of Better Bathrooms, the multi-channel business that is now the UK’s largest independent retailer of bathrooms and tiles.
Going up against the likes of Mark Pearson, Founder and CEO of Marko Media and Jamie Waller, Chief Executive of JBW, Mr Stevens will battle it out for the prestigious award at a gala dinner on November 13 in London.
Guy Rigby, judge for the category said: “Colin Stevens has achieved excellent online performance with Better Bathrooms, successfully adapting a sales channel from clicks to bricks with good brand recognition and marketing.”
And Mr Stevens said: “It’s fantastic that others are recognising the strong success of Better Bathrooms. Upholding a dynamic and ambitious approach to business, I strongly believe in ‘Being their first, launching fast and fixing quickly’.
“Despite this risky ethos, I encourage everyone within the Better Bathrooms team to try new things, not being afraid to go back to the drawing board.
“I strive to create a culture of innovation, giving each employee a sense of ownership on the business. This helps mould talent and nurture progression and it’s great to see staff progress and grow with the company. I’d have it no other way. I believe in my team and they demonstrate daily their belief in the business and our vision.”
The National Business Awards has today revealed over 150 of Britain’s leading businesses and business leaders as finalists in the prestigious awards programme. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third sector companies, including National Grid, Marks and Spencer, and London Early Years Foundation.
All National Business Awards finalists represent an annual turnover in excess of £135 billion and collectively employ more than 700,000. They cover activities as diverse as digital marketing, international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences: sectors that reflect key areas of UK capability with high potential for international expansion.