David Spencer-Percival Named Entrepreneur Of The Year
Spencer Ogden’s David Spencer-Percival has been named Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards.
It is the second year in a row that Mr Spencer-Percival has been listed as a National Business Award’s finalist.
Mr Spencer-Percival commented: “What an amazing evening. It’s the biggest compliment to be handed an award like this. For the last four years I have put everything I have into growing the Spencer Ogden business, and now that hard work and the success of the company is being recognised.”
It wasn’t until he left his job in the fashion industry when he was 29 that Mr Spencer-Percival considered starting his own company, recruitment venture, Huntress Group.
After selling his share in Huntress Group, Mr Spencer-Percival set his sights on the energy sector. He identified a gap in the energy recruitment market, and, together with business partner Sir Peter Ogden, founded Spencer Ogden in 2010. Investing personally, Mr Spencer-Percival made sacrifices, which included selling many of his assets, including his house, to start the new company.
“It was a huge risk. There I was selling everything I owned to raise the capital for Spencer Ogden, yet I had very little experience in the energy industry. What I did have was knowledge of recruitment, an eye for an opportunity and total faith in my ability to pull it off – and I’ve done that,” said Mr Spencer-Percival
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented annually to an entrepreneur that fits the description of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader. The winner must embody the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – drive, ambition, vision, tenacity, inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence.
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