1992 - Andrew Donaldson (Active Supply & Design)
Andrew Donaldson won the 1992 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his business, Active Supply and Design.
After seven years working in the storage equipment industry, Andrew Donaldson found himself unemployed. Rather than hunting for another job, he created his own. In 1991, he started Active Supply and Design with just £2,000, focusing initially on designing and supplying storage solutions for industrial premises.
After winning the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1992, Andrew employed his first member of staff and the company went from strength to strength. Within six years, annual turnover reached £3 million and, looking for a new challenge, Andrew sold half of his stake to a key employee. The next challenge was diversification into self-storage fit-out and the operation of his own chain of self-storage facilities. This was the catalyst that took his business to a new level.
Andrew Donaldson (left), 1992 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner.
Since opening his first self-storage facility in 1999, Andrew has built up and floated two multi-chain self-storage operations on the stock exchange. His latest venture, Big Storage, was turning over £10 million in its first 18 months of trading and now has six sites across North West England.
Most recently Andrew was named Trinity Mirror Business Person of the Year 2010.
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