Stratford-upon-Avon based Andrew Butt, 21, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Growing Business Awards.
Andrew, who is Managing Director of Enable, has been short-listed in a new category: Entrepreneur of the Future.
This new award identifies and celebrates entrepreneurs, under the age of 30, who are really going places. The judges are looking for candidates who have already started to build a business—or businesses—and who can show they have the ambition, energy, skill and vision to really scale the heights.
Denys Shortt, a former Entrepreneur of the Year, who discovered Andrew at a helicopter flying school said:
"Andrew’s business is on target to hit 2 million pounds sales a year—that’s not so much of a benchmark in this day and age until you consider his potential.
"He’s 21, he started in business at 14, he was the UK’s youngest qualified helicopter pilot 20 minutes after his 17th birthday—and the clients of his software development company are Sainsbury’s, Goldman Sachs and Collins amongst others in the UK, plus businesses in the USA and Dubai."
Denys spotted Andrew Butt’s potential while they were each taking helicopter lessons. Andrew was 16, Denys was—and still is—the Chief Exec of one of the Midlands’ fastest growing and most successful businesses, DCS Europe.
So impressed was Denys that he asked Andrew to create software for his 80 million pounds household and healthcare distribution business. That mission accomplished, they formed a company to design and develop software for other companies.
The Growing Business Awards final, presented by real Business magazine and the CBI, is to be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on December 2, 2004.