Young entrepreneurs Tom Schott and Josh Grant have won the Entrepreneurial Spirt award at the Best of Darlington Awards.
The duo – including former X Factor contestant Josh, from Billingham – started from scratch to run a packaging company that now generates a turnover of £1m and employs five people as well as themselves.
The idea came from the amount of unused boxes Tom’s dad’s company, Schott Removals, generated – and the pair decided to use them to start their own venture.
Tom said: “We were completely blown away not only to be nominated for this award but to be named winners on the night.
“Josh and I have had an amazing journey with the company so far, and to receive another award is incredible!
“We will shortly be welcoming more new staff members to the team and can’t wait to continue building and expanding in 2020.”
Both firms are based at Lingfield Point in the town and estate manager Eddie Humphries was delighted by Tom and Josh’s success.
“There is something really special and exciting about seeing two young men start from nothing and grow such an impressive business,” he said.
“We are very proud to be part of their journey. They really do represent a business with Entrepreneurial Spirit and we wish them all the best for the future.”