UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 07 December 2017 17:00
A Brighouse-based businessman has won a prestigious regional business award at the Halifax Courier Awards 2017.
James Howard, founder and managing director of Yorkshire Payments, has been named ‘Business Person of the Year’ for 2017.
The awards, which took place at The Venue in Barkisland, Halifax on Friday 1st December 2017, celebrated business successes in the region.
The ‘Business Person of the Year’ category focuses on a business person that demonstrates clear leadership qualities, with a strong financial understanding of running a business, as well as being willing to mentor colleagues and other business people, and be a visionary in their field.
Founded in 2013, James established Yorkshire Payments with a vision to provide safe and secure payment solutions to a range of businesses across the region.
The award comes following a record year of growth for Yorkshire Payments, which saw an impressive £32.3 million go through the company’s systems in March 2017 alone. 97% of this figure included transactions from across Yorkshire.
Having also been awarded emerging entrepreneur at BQ Live’s Emerging Entrepreneur awards earlier this year, and shortlisted for a further two awards, the company has a glowing reputation and promising future for further growth.
Commenting his award win, James Howard said:
“I am incredibly proud to have been named business person of the year, this is a huge moment for me. It is fantastic to be recognised for the five years of hard work and dedication that has been put into this business.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to my amazing team because without their support, this would not have been possible”
Yorkshire Payments is a Yorkshire payment services provider, supplying businesses with electronic payment services. The fast-growing firm offers a variety of secure digital payment options from hand held terminals to online payment platforms.
Operating from their Brighouse base, they boast an impressive client base of more than 4,500 businesses who they provide simple, secure and reliable payment solutions to.
Yorkshire Payments was formed by young entrepreneur James Howard. Beginning with two staff members at a small base in a Halifax-based printing firm in 2013, they then moved to Jeremy’s above the Boathouse in Brighouse. From this small base, the firm has seen substantial growth.
James’s vision has remained to provide independent payment solutions to a range of businesses across the Yorkshire region and, having hit the ground running, Yorkshire Payments quickly progressed to employ seven full time staff members within one year.
Through fast growth the business expanded to new offices in September 2014 to their now current Brighouse base. Yorkshire Payments now supports thousands of businesses and the company’s strong customer service has ensured they have grown at a phenomenal rate.
To date Yorkshire Payments now recruit a team of 33 full time employees and forecasts a turnover of £1.7 million in 2016/17.
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