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Update! WINNER OF THE AWARD - CME Medical shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Executive chairman of medical device pioneers CME Medical, Stephen Thorpe has been announced as Entrepreneur of the Year (in the category of Business Products and Services) in the Ernst and Young North of England Entrepreneur Of The Year. Mr Thorpe (pictured) said: “I was honoured to receive this award, not just for myself but on behalf of the entire company. It’s a reflection of the hard work and commitment of our team both here in Blackpool and across the UK. “This level of teamwork, and a dedication to developing an impressive portfolio of medical devices for patients in hospitals and in the community, has seen our turnover grow to £14m. Robert Crooks, partner and North of England Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at Ernst & Young, said: “Entrepreneurs form the foundations of our economy, so it’s important that we continue to support their ambitions and celebrate their successes.”

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Twenty entrepreneurs from 18 companies in the North West including Blackpool based company CME Medical have been short-listed in this year’s EY North of England Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The short-listed companies include fashion retailers, advanced manufacturers and food and drink producers and the entrepreneur will compete with leaders from ten other organisations from Yorkshire and the North East at an event.

The North of England winners go on to compete for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 and a chance to represent their country at a global awards ceremony held at the Lowry Hotel in Salford on 24 June.

Robert Crooks, North West Entrepreneur Of The Year leader at EY, said: “Our 2014 North West finalists have delivered significant growth by developing strong, differentiated propositions. Their business achievements are all the more impressive having been conceived and largely delivered during some of the most challenging economic conditions UK companies have ever faced.

“Product innovation, exporting, customer engagement and investment in technology are just some of the ways these outstanding businesses have driven expansion and are positioning themselves for further accelerated growth in the recovery.

“It is crucial that we continue to recognise and support these and other entrepreneurial companies in the North West. They lay the foundations for job and wealth creation, and have a critical role to play in regional economic expansion.”

The full shortlist is:

Stephen Thorpe, executive chairman, CME Medical UK Ltd (Blackpool)

Mottie Kessler, chairman and chief executive, 2M Holdings Ltd (Runcorn)
Amin Amiri, founder and managing director, a2e Venture Catalysts (Manchester)
Mark Austin and Paul Kenyon, joint founders, Avecto (Cheadle)
Mahmud Kamani, joint founder and chief executive, Boohoo (Manchester)
David Judge, managing director, Cormar Carpets (Bury)
Ed Salt, managing director, Delamere Dairy (Knutsford)
Tracy Mort, managing director, Grace Cole Ltd (Cheadle)
William Lees-Jones, managing director, JW Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd (Middleton)
Clare Roberts, chief executuive, Kids Planet (Lymm)
Jonathan Coxon and Alex Elliott, joint managing directors, Liquid Personnel (Manchester)
Nitin Passi, managing director, Missguided (Manchester)
Simon Cooper, chief executive, On The Beach (Cheadle)
Bill Holmes, chief executive and founder, Radius Payment Solutions (Crewe)
Heejae Chae, group chief executive, Scapa Group plc (Manchester)
Mark Bigley, chief executive, Secured Mail (Warrington)
Jane Davis, director, The Reader Organisation (Liverpool)
Sarah Dunning, chief executive, Westmorland Ltd (Penrith)