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Paraplanning firm shortlisted for entrepreneur award 

18 September 2018

Paraplanning firm Para-Sols has been shortlisted for an entrepreneur award, after spending over a year and a half focusing on its growth strategy.  

The Darlington-based firm of 27 beat off tough competition to make the regional shortlist for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards’ Team of the Year award.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards has celebrated several entrepreneurs who have grown to become household names, including JustEast, The Cambridge Satchel Company and BrewDog.

Cathi Harrison, founder and director of Para-Sols, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It’s been an incredible and tiring 20 months having launched our growth strategy, so to be recognised for our efforts as a leadership team is simply amazing.”

Set up in 2009, Para-Sols has gone from strength to strength within the paraplanning industry and attracted employment to the area through the launch of its own recruitment tool ‘The Grad Scheme.’ The scheme, open to graduates no matter what their degree subject, aims to open up a career choice that many may not have considered before.

Creator of the awards, Francesca James, said of the entrants: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves. This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship, NatWest, commented: “Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK economy as they start, scale and succeed.”


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