Twinkl boss Andrew voted a star in Yorkshire awards

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Andrew Seaton’s rising star has just gone supernova after winning Young Director of the year in Yorkshire.

The 33-year-old, who founded Resolve IT Solutions when only 23 and today runs three companies, walked away with a top award in the contest, run for high fliers by the Institute of Directors.

He wasn’t the only winner from Sheffield. Julia Gash, founder of eco bag company Bag It Don’t Bin It, won Entrepreneur of the Year at the ceremony at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, yesterday.

Judges said the winners were “business leaders who demonstrated their ability to lead, grow, develop and connect their organisations and build sustainability into their planning.”

Andrew Seaton also owns web design agency Resound Design and is co-founder of Twinkl, a website that makes printable teaching resources for primary school teachers.

Twinkl has grown in the past year from a staff of five to more than 30 and is about to move to bigger offices.

Founded four years ago, its products are now used in most schools in the UK.

Andrew Seaton also created the Resolve IT Apprenticeship Scheme and has employed five apprentices to date.

Resolve is a two-time Customer Service winner at the Sheffield Business Awards. In 2013 his achievements were recognised by Goldman Sachs when he was invited to join their 10,000 Small Businesses Programme in Oxford.

Sheffield-based Bag It Don’t Bin It has 20 staff and a £1.5m turnover and exports to Japan, the US and Canada. Clients include Waterstones, Liberty of London, ASOS and House of Fraser.

Jason Mace of Rotherham-based Gala Tents, had also been nominatedfor the enrepreneur award. He also owns a steakhouse and a signwriting firm. Other locals who missed out were Peter Holmes of Sheffield’s Anchor Magnet and John Pickering of Irwin Mitchell.