Young enterprise award winner named

A Lancaster University graduate has been crowned Enterprising Young Brit at an event held at the Institute of Directors in London.

The Enterprising Young Brits competition was open to anyone aged 30 and under who has made their idea happen in a new, innovative or inspiring way. It was sponsored by Enterprise UK, in partnership with the Daily Mail, the Institute of Directors and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Antony Chesworth, 29, who holds a degree in computing from Lancaster University, set up his business – ekmpowershop.com – shortly after graduating in 2002.

His company – which enables people to build their own online shop – is now worth in excess of £20m and is claimed to be the market leader in UK ecommerce, powering one in every five online shops in the UK.

Commenting on his achievement, Chesworth said: ’The whole essence of ekmpowershop.com is to enable people to set up their own online business. Winning the Enterprising Young Brit award is an honour and it shows that with drive, ambition and a bit of perseverance, anyone can succeed.’