Echo Business Awards 2015: Business Person of the Year

Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: Business Person of the Year. From the left, sponsor Steve Rand from Rand and Asquith, winner Carl Hopkins from Faith PR, and host Clare Frisby.
Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015: Business Person of the Year. From the left, sponsor Steve Rand from Rand and Asquith, winner Carl Hopkins from Faith PR, and host Clare Frisby.

The Business Person of the Year category, sponsored by Rand and Asquith, produced some outstanding candidates, with three making the final shortlist.

The criteria called for a person who can demonstrate clear leadership qualities and who has a strong financial understanding of running a business.

Just as important is the willingness and ability to step out of the daily routine to mentor colleagues and other business people. Steve Rand, of Rand and Asquith, presented the award to Carl Hopkins.

The Commercial director of Faith PR has helped the agency to more than treble its turnover, with 210 per cent growth in the past 12 months. His experience in design, marketing, advertising and branding has helped the company bring in 40 per cent of the business’ turnover. Having lived in Brighouse for more than 16 years, he is keen to build Faith PR as the town’s leading communications agency.

Mr Hopkins said: “I’m honoured to have been put up for the award, let alone to win it. It must be said though, as proud as I am to have received this award, it is partly down to a lot of hard work from the team behind me.

“I’ve been living in Brighouse for 16 years and with recently having moved Faith PR back here, I’m pleased we can now put something back into the local economy. I think it is an exciting time for business in Brighouse and we have big plans to drive Faith PR forward. We already work with some great local companies and look forward to many more years of doing just that.”

James Howard, from Yorkshire Payments, and Colin Findlay, from Severn Unival, were also nominated.

James moved to West Yorkshire approximately four years ago where his journey began creating a payments processing business named Direct Card Solutions Ltd. After two years James decided that he really wanted to put Yorkshire on the map and reviewed his branding strategy. From there on “Yorkshire Payments” was born, working with businesses across the whole of Yorkshire.

Since Colin Findlay’s appointment as managing director of Severn Unival, he has spearheaded sustained growth and development at Severn Unival and was the principal driver and decision maker behind the firm’s relocation from Huddersfield back to Brighouse.