Huddersfield business woman and self-confessed ‘word nerd’ Katie Mallinson has been shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at 2016’s Examiner Business Awards.
The category – which is sponsored by Kirklees College – is set to acknowledge a local ‘rising star’ who displays excellent leadership skills and drives success for their business.
As founder of Scriba – a B2B PR agency – and with over ten years of PR industry experience, the judges believed that Katie ‘fit the bill’. Tired of working for PR agencies that over charged and under delivered, she set up her business in 2013 – with the aim of raising the profiles of some of the nation’s ‘best kept secrets’.
Since then, she’s helped over 40 companies to tell their stories, with clients including technical textiles specialist Arville, 125-year-old creative display company Leach and ex-offender employment experts Offploy.
Commenting on her shortlist, Katie said: “This year has been a whirlwind – we’ve celebrated our third year in business, moved into our third bigger office, and have taken our third member of staff – hopefully soon to be four!
“So I’m delighted the judges have also recognised that we’re committed to doing things differently and achieving results for our clients. But, there’s some stiff competition, so winning would be the icing on the cake!”
Chaired by The Examiner’s business editor, Henryk Zientek, the judging panel includes Sarah Haller, of law firm Chadwick Lawrence; Adrian Lythgo, chief executive of Kirklees Council; Professor Bob Cryan, vice chancellor of the University of Huddersfield; and Sandra Babbings, managing director of occupational health specialist PROHMS Ltd.
The results will be announced at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on 3 November.
Chris Oldfield, chairman of UNTHA UK and another client of Scriba, said: “Katie’s knowledge and experience has proved invaluable to our company’s success. We’ve gone from being one of many machinery providers in a competitive marketplace, to the final two considered for more than 90% of the UK’s high profile waste to energy projects.
“It comes as no surprise to me that she’s been shortlisted for this award – fingers crossed now that she wins!”
Scriba – a B2B PR agency based at Lindley’s Heritage Exchange – specialises in providing comms support to technical and sometimes ‘complex’ companies that span the UK and even the globe, including the US and Austria.
The company has grown its client base by 40% over the last 12 months, but 2017 is set to be even bigger, with a healthy pipeline of new business opportunities.