Sure Group founder and MD named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at prestigious business awards

Our founder and managing director, Charles Draper, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Hull Live Business Awards 2019.

Charles received his award at a glittering ceremony held at the city’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Thursday 14th November, which saw more than 500 of the region’s biggest names come together to recognise the outstanding success of Hull’s business community.

He beat off competition from worthy finalists Jody Annandale, founder of salon business Brown Sugar and Sarah Fenwick, co-founder of tree surgery business The Tree Fellas Hull.

Sure Group was founded by Charles six years ago as a means of making money to help him while studying at University.

Fast forward to 2019 and Sure Group is now a £5m turnover business with bases in Knottingley, Wakefield, Manchester, Northampton and London as well as headquarters in Hull.

On receiving his award, Charles said: “It is an honour and privilege to be named Young Entrepreneur of the Year, I’m absolutely over the moon.

“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our people, including Tom, Mark and the invaluable input of my brother and fellow director Will. Without the team around me Sure Group wouldn’t be enjoying the success it is today. Thanks to everyone who has supported the group and here’s to many more successes in future!”

Charles will be continuing his ventures outside of the business including speaking at events and conferences to share his story with aspiring entrepreneurs.

He has also recently launched a video series where he will be interviewing well-known public figures and businesspeople to share their success stories and advice for young people embarking on their careers. Details of the latest video will be announced soon.