A YOUNG business owner from Solihull has been named Entrepreneur of the Year.
At just 21, Jagjeet Singh Virdee secured the prestigious award from the Institute of Asian Businesses last month with his leading online company e-Safety & Environmental System (e-SES).
“It was a shock to be named the winner, it was just a joyous moment,” said Jagjeet, who set up e-SES to help businesses become more compliant with health and safety laws in 2010.
“As a young entrepreneur my vision is to become the most successful UK-born Asian entrepreneur and to eventually re-invest into the community to help other up and coming young entrepreneurs.
“From an early age I envisaged my own ideas and ambition, being transformed into a successful business.
“From the age 16, I worked with my father at a business management consultancy. Whilst doing so I discovered a niche in the market of compliance management.”
Jagjeet went on to launch the business in 2010 and says e-SES is now the leading industry compliance management system, with 260 users worth an estimated £100,000 in contract value.
The turnover for 2012 is forecasted as £58,638.
He says his ambition is for e-SES to be turning over £500,000 within five years, freeing him up to also explore new ideas.
“E-SES is my first company, and I want it to be the industry leader,” he said.
Jagjeet puts his success down to being self-employed.
“It’s because I can control my own career path, there’s no-one limiting it.”