BGF’s Head of Portfolio wins Private Equity Lifetime Achievement award
John Swarbrick, BGF’s Head of Portofolio was recently awarded The Roger Powell Lifetime Achievement at Insider‘s Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2013. The event was attended by Yorkshire’s finance community who turned out in force to recognise the achievements of the corporate finance community. With a long and powerful track record of investing in the UK mid-market, John has sat on wide ranging SME boards in sectors including software, printing, retailing, pharmaceuticals and aerospace engineering.
Wow! Stuff wins award at E&Y Entrepreneur Awards
Wow! Stuff have picked up the prestigious award for innovation at the Midlands and North regional finals of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Wow! Stuff, a BGF portfolio company, is proud to announce that MD Richard North accepted the Ernst & Young award for innovation on behalf of the company.
Founded in 2006, Wow! Stuff is dedicated solely to creating blockbuster toys that have “Wow! factor.” Among the company’s well-known “wow” items are Dave the Funky Shoulder Monkey, Air Swimmers and My Keepon. And coming this year the Combat Creatures, Attacknids amongst others!
Already recognized for its innovation with a UK National Business Award and HSBC’s prestigious Business Thinking award, Wow! Stuff is one of the fastest growing privately owned British companies with offices in England, Hong Kong, and the U.S.
The award ceremony took place on June 19th at the Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham. With an exclusive networking dinner with all the regions best entrepreneurs and key business influencers attending. The event ended with the awards being presented by BBC Radio 2 and TV presenter, Jeremy Vine.
The Judges said “A true entrepreneur, very innovative. Turnaround from gifts to toys, Richard bought the business out of administration. His Research and Development team are all scientists and create great toys. He understood the challenges ahead, and established a global network with some of the biggest toy retailers in the world. A true entrepreneur.”
The award is part of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition, which aims to recognize the most successful, and innovative entrepreneurial business leaders around the globe.
Richard North said:
“I’m over the moon to be winning such an award as this is exactly what we try to achieve as a business. Innovation is at the top of our business strategy that we’ve nicknamed the Wow! Stuff way, so this makes me proud of the amazing team we have, who are behind all the innovative toys that we release year on year”.