Flourishing entrepreneur Jonathan Hair was “shocked but in a nice way” after being nominated for honours.
The boss of Sunderland-based fitness firm Skinnypigs is in the running for an Echo Portfolio Business Award.
It came after a nomination which said: “A refreshing change to see Sunderland leading the way and other areas are playing catch up.”
Mr Hair formed the business five years ago after spotting a gap in the fitness market for classes which helped clients to feel better about the way they looked.
It started out as one class and has grown into a franchised business which now covers Jarrow, South Shields, Washington, parts of Tyneside, Sunderland and is about to expand into Seaham.
The nomination added: “A lot of businesses claim to put their customers first and it almost becomes a cliche to say it. However Skinnypigs has always puts its customers first. Testament to the fact that a lot of the employees started out as customers and moved into the trainer role.”
Mr Hair said: “It is quite a shock to be nominated but a nice one.”
The business now has 11 trainers on its books and Mr Hair expects the firm to grow still further across the North East.
The company joins an ever-growing list of entries for the Portfolio awards but for those yet to nominate, there is still time for more before the deadline at the end of August.
Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.
This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make to the city.
Sponsors are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, The Bridges, Telfer Carpets and Flooring, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.
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