We are delighted to announce that our Directors, Tom Stringer and Johnny Pearce have been named as winners in the category ‘Disruptor of the Year’ at NatWest’s prestigious Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019. The category recognises disruptors that are purpose-driven pioneers of change, tenacious and analytical innovators. This win will take Oltco to the National Final which is taking place on Thursday 21 November 2019.
Tom founded Oltco as a family business in 2004 and was joined by friend, and now business partner, Johnny in 2010. With the ethos of feeling good about the work we do and the decisions we make, we are passionate about not only delivering innovative products for customers but also providing outstanding customer care, creating a positive working environment and caring for the environment around us.
As the Technical Director, Tom began to develop resin solutions and has spent the past 15 years dedicated to evolving Oltco’s products and services. Johnny’s unique approach towards business development has enabled him to develop and grow Oltco as a whole. Johnny has played a key part in Oltco’s growth with business development being a key strength of his, alongside his creative thinking and looking at the bigger picture.
The team’s latest development has been Recycle Bound. The world’s first resin driveway solution that uses recycled plastic. You can find out more about the innovative product here: https://www.oltco.co.uk/commercial/services/recycle-bound/
Tom and Johnny were recognised as ‘Disruptor of the Year’ for their passion of improving the industry and challenging the status quo. Johnny comments: “With over 3,000 applications this year in the UK and 72 finalists, it’s an incredible achievement to have been crowned in the regional final. Oltco’s growth has been due to our sheer determination and our unique products setting us apart from competitors. We’re delighted to have made it to the National Final and can’t wait to see how we get on.”
Gordon Merrylees, Managing Director of entrepreneurship at NatWest, said: “NatWest is proud to support the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrating another year of amazing achievements for entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses from every corner of the country. Supporting entrepreneurs is a key priority for NatWest and our dedicated programme of fully funded accelerator hubs, mentoring, insight and bespoke coaching, is specifically designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who want to start, scale and succeed in business. Congratulations to all of the winners and to those who were shortlisted for one of these prestigious awards.”
The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, which takes place in London in November.