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Business Awards 2014: Direct Card has winning solution

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse.
From the left, host Clare Frisby with New Business of the Year winner James Howard from Direct Card Solutions and sposor Dr Martin Haigh from Lattitude 7.

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse. From the left, host Clare Frisby with New Business of the Year winner James Howard from Direct Card Solutions and sposor Dr Martin Haigh from Lattitude 7.

In the New Business of the Year category, sponsored by Lattitude 7, the judges were looking for a company established within the last two years and one which has made a big impact in a short time.

The judges were looking for new businesses which had clearly done their homework, had an eye for innovation, defined plans for future development and growth and a firm understanding of what the customers want.

The award, presented by Martin Haigh of Lattitude 7, went to Direct Card Solutions.

Direct Card Solutions has moved into purpose-built new offices in Brighouse and now employs six staff, with that number increasing.

It provides a wide range of merchant services to all businesses, no matter of location, and works directly with the UK’s leading banks and manufacturers.

James Howard moved from the Midlands in 2012, not having any contacts or connections and quickly sought advice from Calderdale Council business start-ups. The company’s turnover will hit £350,000 since inception and has massive growth plans with a new site just opening in Birmingham.

Host Clare Frisby said: “James has built a great reputation very quickly in his business career considering he has never had his own business before.

“The company has very quickly established a great reputation across West Yorkshire and helps many new, established and corporate businesses with their card processing needs.”

James said: “I’m massively proud of it. We have built up a great reputation and are very pleased and happy.”

Also shortlisted were Love Bread, Clock Cars, Jeremy’s @ The Boathouse and Town Hall Bental.

Love Bread, a community supported bakery, is a fully independent, not-for-profit enterprise that bakes every day and sells to local outlets, at local markets and direct from the bakery.

Private hire firm Clock Cars has grown from three cars to nearly 40 in just over a year and offered lots of local employment with the aim of making massive changes to the industry.

Jeremy’s @ The Boathouse has a fantastic atmosphere and people enjoy popping in for a drink after work, a quick bite to eat or just to socialise with friends.

Town Hall Dental, founded by Dr Imran Rangzeb and Rachel Dilley, has transformed a derelict building into an elegant and much loved dental practice which creates a unique dental experience.

 

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