THEY may not have been a match for Posh Spice, but Yorkshire’s entrepreneurs are still towering above most of their UK rivals.
Fourteen of Britain’s top 100 entrepreneurs are based in Yorkshire, according to an influential study by Management Today magazine, which means that only the booming South East can claim to be a stronger base for enterprise in the UK.
Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham topped the list of Britain’s 100 foremost entrepreneurs in 2014, largely due to the success of her fashion boutique in London’s Mayfair.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 32 of the top 100 entrepreneurs are based in the South East, but Yorkshire clinched second place among the regions, seeing off competition from the South West and North West, who both had 12 names on the list.
The top 100 list is based on an analysis of turnover growth and job creation achieved over a five-year period. The highest ranked Yorkshire entrepreneur, at number 12, is Chris Edwards of discount retailer Poundworld, which has flourished in recent years as cash-strapped consumers seek bargains. In July, Poundworld unveiled plans to create more than 4,000 jobs by opening another 150 stores over the next three years. The company was founded on a Wakefield market stall in 1974 by Mr Edwards.