Chris in line for top award

A BRIGHOUSE businessman has been nominated for a prestigious industry award.

Chris Hopkins, managing director at Ploughcroft Renewables in Bradford Road, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Director of the Year Award from the Institute of Directors. He beat off stiff competition just to be nominated with more than 1,500 business directors working in the Yorkshire region alone.

“It is a great honour to be shortlisted for this award,” he said.

“Strong and effective leadership is essential to business success, particularly in challenging economic times and as a company Ploughcroft has grown rapidly in the past 12 months.

“We are now firmly established as one of the leading renewable energy providers for UK households.”

Judges recognised the entrepreneur’s adaptability, innovation and ability to lead and build teams.

Each year the IoD celebrates the work and achievements of directors within the four separate regions of the country with three of the big awards up for grabs including director of the year, young director of the year and non-executive director of the year.

Kenton Robbins, IoD’s regional director, said: “The IoD Yorkshire Director of the Year Awards celebrate the very best in the business. It continues to be a challenging time for businesses, which is why success and achievement need to be recognised and celebrated.

“Winning these awards demonstrates that you have been recognised as being at the top of your game by your peers and by the UK’s premier business lobbying group.”

The regional winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Railway Museum in York on Tuesday, September 4.

The Yorkshire winner will be go through to the IoD’s national awards, with the chance to receive the title of UK Director of the Year.