Emerging Entrepreneur award for Yorkshire

The founder of a Brighouse-based payment services provider has been nominated the Emerging Entrepreneur representing Yorkshire in a national award.

James Howard, 31, of Yorkshire Payments, beat off competition from dozens of entries to pick up BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur award for the region at an awards ceremony held at The Hilton, Newcastle, on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

James 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.
James’ vision has remained the same since he started the company, which is to provide safe, secure and efficient payment solutions to a range of businesses across the county. Yorkshire Payments boasts the position as the only independent service organisation of card payment solutions in the region, providing strong, local customer service to a range of Yorkshire businesses.

Bryan Hoare, BQ managing director, said:

“Entrepreneurs are at the heart of the economy, so it’s important that we continue to support their ambitions and celebrate their successes.”

James Howard added;

“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!”