Second group of 42s unveiled

Written and Published by: on Tuesday, 07 October, 2014
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The second set of rising stars of the business world have been revealed from this year's North West Business Insider 42 under 42.

The list champions younger business leaders from across the region with the full rundown featured in the October issue of the North West Business Insider. These include owner-managers and or those working high up in large organisations.

A diverse range of entrants are featured, including from the digital, recruitment, retail, and events management sectors.

The second set of 42s for 2014 are:

Ryan Dignan (29) and James Wilkinson (33)
Dignan and Wilkinson launched Car Loan 4U in 2006 to provide an online service for consumers looking for car finance. Between 2011 and 2013, turnover shot up by 296 percent, which persuaded digital technology investors, Scottish Equity Partners, to inject £8m into the flourishing business in February 2014. Dignan and Wilkinson are different personalities that work well together.

Daniel Holmes (37) and Ross Phillipson (37)
Holmes and Phillipson run the Blackpool-based Hot Tubs Superstore, together with Holmes' father, Dennis. The company, which also as trades Blue Wave Spas, employs 35 people and has grown turnover to almost £10m. Orders have soared since the business was featured in the ITV documentary Hot Tub Britain.

Warren Jacobs (38)
Jacobs is another digital and technology entrepreneur who has been backed by Betfred co-founder Fred Done. He relocated from Israel to set up the Manchester-based digital marketing agency Active Win and has ambitious growth plans.

Guy Levine (34)
Levine started his internet career by founding his own business at the age of 17 and exiting a year later, during the dot-com boom. Return on Digital is his latest venture. He likes to fly helicopters in his spare time. 

Holly Moore (37)
Moore left her job at AstraZeneca to set up her own events company in July 2012. One of her first jobs was organising Fred Done's 70th birthday celebrations. She's also done work for the likes of LateRooms, Real Radio, and the Imperial War Museum in Salford – all of which has meant the business is snowballing.

Luke Massie (21)
Massie is only 21 but had already built up and sold his first business by the age of 18. He currently has four companies – Vibe Tickets, Studenthood, Preston Loft Conversions, and Natural Synergy Group – and employs 14 full-time and six part-time staff. Explaining how it all started, he says: "At the age of 17, while I was still studying for my A-Levels, I set up my first business – Mortgage Claims Direct. I founded the company with £3,000 and sold it for just over £94,000." He believes the online ticketing platform Vibe Tickets has the potential to grow its revenue to £6m.

Graham Whistance (40)
Momote is the company responsible for the MyMobileWorkers app, which can be used by mobile workers to send and receive job information such as location, times, signatures, and photos. Annual revenue from MyMobileWorkers has grown by £200,000 over the past 12 months, and this is expected to grow by a further £400,000 over the next year. Being an entrepreneur runs in the family as Whistance’s sister is Jennie Johnson, founder of Kids Allowed.

Leon Milns (37)
Recruitment isn't an accessible business, but Milns recognises the importance of standing out from the crowd. He launched Adam Recruitment in 2006 and remained one of the founding directors. The company specialises in digital, marketing, advertising, and HR. Turnover is now more than £2m, and the company has an office in London. Milns describes himself as a "people person" and is prolific on Twitter. Outside the office, he can regularly be found on the golf course, squash court, or mountainside.

Click here to see the first 12 names.

Insider's North West 42 under 42 Dinner 2014 takes place on 13 October at the Lowry Hotel and is sponsored by Cassell Moore, Coutts, Four Recruitment, and Saffery Champness.