The founder of Brighouse-based payment services provider Yorkshire Payments has won the Yorkshire category at the National Emerging Entrepreneur awards.
James Howard, 31, formed Yorkshire Payments in 2013 and has grown the business substantially in less than four years.
James now leads a team of 33 with ambitious growth plans and a projected turnover of £1.7million this year.
He said: “It is an honour to have picked up this award.
“I started the company at just 28 years old and have experienced my fair share of challenges but I have a great team behind me now and we have exciting plans for the future.”
Operating from their Brighouse base at Thornhill Brigg Mills, where they moved to in 2015 having outgrown their previous premises, they boast a client base of more than 4,500 businesses.
The company was formed with two staff members at a small base in a Halifax-based printing firm in 2013 - armed only with a table, a laptop and a phone line, before they then moved to Jeremy’s above the Boathouse in Brighouse.
James won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2016 Halifax Courier Business Awards, with the company having previously won New Business of the Year and Employer of the Year at the 2014 Halifax Courier Business Awards.