08th Sep 2011 - Lanarkshire entrepreneurs celebrated at awards
Facilities management firm founder Mark Greenaway has been named Lanarkshire’s top young entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2011 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) Awards.
The 27 year old founder of MGB Services Ltd in Airdrie was announced as the regional winner at a ceremony in The Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge today. He was presented with a £1000 cash prize by Anne Clyde, Area Manager of UK Steel Enterprise Ltd (UKSE), sponsors of the winner’s award. Mr Greenaway will now be considered by the judging panel to be entered into the national final, taking place at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 15th November 2011. Six of the 18 regional winners are selected to compete for the coveted national title of PSYBT ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and the opportunity to win an additional £2000.
Mark Greenaway worked in the building maintenance trade for 10 years prior to establishing his own facilities management firm at the start of last year. Specialising in electrical and mechanical service and repairs using only fully qualified engineers and experienced sub contractors, Mr Greenaway has built up a successful business. Many of his clients are well established firms who want to benefit from the security of having all their essential maintenance requirements, planned as well as unplanned, provided by an experienced company who understands their business.
The runner-ups were Lee Gallacher & Matthew Broadfoot, founders of ADraw Consulting. ADraw Consulting is an architectural consultancy formed in 2009. Both company directors have previous experience in the construction industry and identified a market niche that catered for what they describe as ‘real world’ architectural needs. ADraw aims to bridge the gap between large scale architectural practices and sole trading designers, offering straightforward, cost effective packages for clients who are looking for affordable solutions to address their space problems.
Councillor Tom Curley, Provost for North Lanarkshire, presented the runners-up with a £500 cash prize and certificate. North and South Lanarkshire Council jointly sponsored the runners-up prize.
Both the winner and the runner-up received funding, advice and support from PSYBT, which during the last twenty two years, has supported over 12,000 young people to start over 10,000 businesses, providing £36.4million in funding and additional assistance.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional manager, David McLean said, “It is a huge challenge, whatever your age, to decide to set up your own business but we are seeing increasing numbers of young people who are willing to take this exciting step, and we feel privileged to be able to provide them with the funding and advice required to realise their self employment ambitions.” www.psybt.org.uk