Forgemasters’ chief shortlisted

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Sheffield Forgemasters International’s chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, has been short-listed for accountants and business advisers Ernst & Young’s coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Dr Honeyman is one of 10 Yorkshire entrepreneurs, vying with 32 others from across the North of England at the regional finals in Manchester in June.

He has received a series of business awards since he led Forgemasters’ successful fight for survival after its American parent group hit financial problems

After Kansas-based Atchison Casting Corporation filed for bankruptcy, Dr Honeyman kept its Sheffield arm operating, going on to head a management buy-out which protected employees’ pensions and laid the foundations for the historic company’s renaissance as a world leading producer of giant steel castings and forgings.

Just over two years ago, he was named winner of the inaugural Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Award and its Global Director of the Year Award.

Earlier this year, Dr Honeyman was appointed an honorary professor by Sheffield University and named chairman of its Management School.