Posted on February 2, 2018 by staff

Double win for tech CEO at Made in Manchester Awards


The founder and CEO of tech and security firm VST Enterprises collected two awards at the Made in Manchester Awards ceremony.

The Chairman’s Rising Star Award went to Louis-James Davis, who was awarded for his entrepreneurial spirit, strategic vision and leadership to create a multi-billion pound business with worldwide presence in a short timescale.

Davis was also named Entrepreneur of the Year at the awards, which were organised by future pro-manchester and held at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate. Sports broadcaster Will Perry was the host for the evening.

“It’s a huge honour to have come away on the night with not one but two awards,” said Davis. “I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved with my team at VST Enterprises, and we’re looking forward to an even stronger year ahead.

“The tech scene is growing up exponentially in Manchester at the moment. I’m happy to be showing the world what we have to offer.”

Other winners of the evening included young talent from the likes of BIG Partnership, BNY Mellon, Eversheds Sutherland, EY, Instinct Resourcing, KPMG, Kuits Solicitors, Mace, Malcolm Hollis, OBI Property and SteamaCo.

Claire Sofield, sales director of Four Recruitment and chair of future pro-manchester, said: “The Made in Manchester Awards give us an opportunity to highlight and reward the amazing young professionals we have in Manchester.

“Manchester is full of ambitious talented individuals who want to work together to create a thriving economy and I think that makes Manchester a great place to do business.”

The full list of winners are below:

Accountant of the Year: Tom Parkinson, Steama
CoApprentice of the Year: Benjamin Susca, Mace
Banker of the Year: Sarah Keeley, BNY Mellon
Business Development Professional of the Year: Joe Averill, OBI Property
Corporate Financier of the Year: Edward Stevenson, EYDigital,
Media or Creative Professional of the Year: Sarah Lawless, BIG Partnership
Entrepreneur of the Year: Louis-James Davis, VST Enterprises
Graduate of the Year: Rebekah Ingham, KPMG
Lawyer of the Year: Sarah Lewandowski, Eversheds SutherlandMarketing
Professional of the Year: Sarah Evans, Kuits Solicitors
Property Professional of the Year: Chris Mann, Malcolm Hollis
Talent, HR and Recruitment Professional of the Year: Amy Whitehead, Instinct Resourcing
Manchester Champion: Tony Walsh
Chairman’s Rising Star Awards: Louis-James Davis, VST Enterprises

The awards were sponsored by Together (headline sponsor) along with category sponsors 90degrees, Brewin Dolphin, Freeman Fisher, Hall Brown Family Law, Midshire and Shoosmiths.

The ceremony was also supported by brand partner ThisisIda; event sponsors Resource Solutions, Vision Events Manchester and XYZ Works & Social; drinks receiption sponsor Browne Jacobson; entertainmetn sponsor Manchester Camerata; afterparty sponsor Mahiki; and charity sponsors Sam’s Gift and The British Lung Foundation.