MD of Wakefield based member Calder Security Ltd, Simon Cook, and founder of the Huddersfield based member company The Lazy Camper, Jacob Hill have made it into this year’s 42 Under 42 list, as compiled by the Yorkshire Business Insider magazine.
The 42 Under 42 list represents 42 entrepreneurs and business leaders under the age of 42 who the magazine is tipping as the rising stars of the business world. They produce the shortlist for various regions and Simon and Jacob have been included in the first 21 on the Yorkshire list for 2014, as announced in the magazine on 4th February. The second list of 21 will be published in the next issue.
Calder Security Ltd is based on Calder Vale Road in Wakefield and offers a range of security services, including alarms, CCTV and locksmiths, to businesses and individuals across Yorkshire.
Simon’s entry in the list states the following:
"At the tender age of 19, Cook applied to join Calder Security as an electrical engineer but failed to make the grade. However, 9 years later, the young entrepreneur bought the Wakefield company and increased turnover by almost 40% in his first year in charge.
Cook has continued to enjoy average annual growth of 20% by improving efficiency and dramatically raising the profile of the lock, safe and alarm business. Since buying the business in 2006 Cook has continued to expand the workforce, managed to break into the commercial market and invested heavily in operating systems, staff training and marketing."
Now still only aged 34 he’s made it onto the 42 Under 42 list with 8 years to spare! Simon said of the achievement;
"I’m pleased to have been named on the 42 Under 42 list among a great field of talent though having been growing and developing Calder Security for the last 8 years I feel more of an old hand than a ‘rising star’. They clearly think there’s more to come and they’re probably right!"
Jacob Hill, who presented the business speech at our last Annual Dinner has been recognised for The Lazy Camper; a complete outdoors kit with everything in one bag and a brand that is preparing to take the world by storm.
Jacob commented “to be recognised in something as prestigious as Insider’s 42 under 42 along so many other Yorkshire businesses really fills me with joy. It’s nice to be noted for my efforts but I really just do it for fun and I couldn’t do it without the support of my team and many other individuals around me. I just hope it’s one of many accolades to come.”
The list covers the whole of Yorkshire and while York, Leeds, Sheffield and Barnsley seem well represented, it would appear that Simon is the only person from Wakefield and Jacob representing Huddersfield on this first list of 21.