White Stores, the UK?s leading outdoor living retailer, have announced that the company?s 30 year old founder James Whiteley has won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award at the Essex Business Excellence Awards. White Stores have also been voted the runner up in the Best Growing Business Award, medium-sized company category.
The Essex Business Excellence Awards programme showcases the best private businesses, public sector organisations and charities based in Essex. The 2015 winners were announced at the awards evening held at Hylands House in Chelmsford on Friday 25 September.
Starting in the garden furniture industry aged 16, stuffing cushions at his father?s factory, James Whiteley launched his own company in 2005. From a business initially operating out of James? bedroom, White Stores now generates an annual turnover of over ?7m.
?I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at White Stores for helping me to win the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award,? commented James Whiteley, founder and managing director of White Stores.
?I truly believe that starting up and growing a successful business can change people?s lives for the better. To have my enthusiasm for business life officially recognised by the judges of the Essex Business Excellence Awards has been a fantastic boost to me, both personally and professionally. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage other young UK entrepreneurs to go out there and make their own dreams happen.?
For more information and to purchase from White Stores, visit: www.whitestores.co.uk