Rotherham business crowned Launchpad Champion 2019

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A Rotherham-based videographer who began his business by capturing rock legends Def Leppard perform in the Albert Hall, has been named as one of Sheffield City Region’s most promising new businesses at a special event, which celebrated and showcased the achievements of start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

LensGo Visual Media was crowned the 2019 Launchpad Champion after being chosen by fellow entrepreneurs during a live vote on the evening of the awards. It proved to be a night to remember for company founder Stuart Turner, who saw the company he created lift the title of ‘Growth Business of the Year’ as well as being named as a finalist in two other categories.

In a remarkable first year of trading, LensGo Visual Media has secured more than 50 new clients including Gulliver’s Valley and Rotherham United, as well as a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Despite enjoying a highly successful first year, Stuart has been keen not to sit on his laurels and the ambitious entrepreneur is already setting his sights on growing his business further. This will include expanding his core videography service to introduce social media and marketing support services, enabling his clients to harness digital marketing channels effectively.

The Launchpad Awards proved to be a memorable night for Rotherham’s growing start-up community, with fellow start-up online furniture retailer and interior design specialist No18 Interiors winning the Start Up Business of the Year title. Rockingham Media, Utility Source, Yugen Explore, Evolution and Vamaya were all named as finalists on an evening which celebrated the doers and achievers from across the region.

Now in its second year, The Launchpad Awards saw nearly 100 new and aspiring entrepreneurs take part in the competition, with the finalists in each category being recognised on the evening.

Stuart Turner, founder LensGo Visual Media said:

“It feels like we’ve achieved a huge amount in such a short space of time and for LensGo to be chosen as the Launchpad Champion is an amazing feeling. The growth in video has resulted in a new wave of digital marketing channels that are easily accessible and we’re on track to double our customer base in our current financial year.

“Launchpad has helped my business in so many different ways. There’s a world of difference between working for someone else and running your own business. I didn’t really know what to expect, but the support I have received in laying the foundations has been invaluable. I feel incredibly honoured that LensGo was chosen by other entrepreneurs as being this year’s Launchpad Champion and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next twelve months will bring!”

Anna Smith, programme manager, Launchpad said:

“We created the Launchpad Awards in 2018 as a way of showcasing and celebrating the important contribution start-up businesses play in shaping the local economy and this year’s event saw nearly 100 new business owners take part, culminating in a live vote on the evening which saw each category winner go head-to-head to determine the overall champion. Securing the title of Growth business of the year, as well as being named as a finalist in the Start Up of the Year and Inspiring Achiever categories was no mean feat and the success achieved by Stuart during his first year in business made him a very worthy winner.

“I’d like to wish Stuart and his team every success in the future. The Sheffield City Region is filled with some truly amazing entrepreneurs and the Launchpad programme was developed to help equip them with the vital skills and know how to build successful companies.”

Since the Launchpad programme began in 2016, it has helped more than 5,400 aspiring entrepreneurs to take the first steps towards self-employment, by providing access to a range of business support services including workshops and one-to-one meetings.

For more information on the Launchpad programme and how it operates throughout the Sheffield City Region, contact the SCR Growth Hub Gateway on 03330 00 00 39 or click here.

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