Huddersfield Town boss Dean Hoyle has eyes on top prize

GREETINGS card boss and Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle has won an award for performance off the pitch!

Heckmondwike-born Mr Hoyle, who founded The Card Factory, was named Ernst & Young Retail and Consumer Products Entrepreneur of the Year at a London event hosted by Joanna Lumley.

The entrepreneur began his retail empire by selling cards from the back of a van, before opening his first store in 1997.

Within six years the business had grown to 38 shops.

The company now has more than 460 high street stores and plans to expand overseas.

Mr Hoyle, who attended the former White Lee Secondary School and now lives in Mirfield, was hailed by the judges as "a true entrepreneur" after the rapid growth of the company.

They went on to recognise that Dean had taken on the competition by developing an innovative business encompassing design, distribution and retailing.

Partner and Yorkshire Entrepreneur Of the Year leader at Ernst & Young, Stuart Watson, said: "Card Factory is now the most profitable high street specialist card retailer in the country, all self-funded, they have aspirations to grow internationally."

He will go on to compete globally with more than 40 other country winners at Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo in May next year.