The founder and CEO of the Northern Quarter-based company, TheLADBible, has just been named the overall winner at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year North Awards.
Created in 2012 by Solly and Arian Kalantari, TheLADBible has quickly become the UK’s largest online entertainment website and one of the most-loved media brands for a youth audience on a multi-media platform.
From a single Facebook page to a multichannel and multi-brand platform, in 4 short years the company has expanded drastically. TheLADBible now reaches over 1 million views every single day across their website, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, YouTube, and iOS app.
Celebrating its 30th year globally and 18th in the UK the EY Entrepreneur Awards publically praise the spirit and contributions of exceptional entrepreneurs who can see the future, and through their entrepreneurial businesses, are helping to reshape it.
Solomou was praised by the judges for the way the Northern Quarter-based company has grown globally in only 4 years. Solomou also took home the Technology and Media award and was commended on his attention to detail in the building of his team. His revolutionary approach and use of technology lead judges to refer to The LADbible as the “ultimate disruptor”.
Victoria Price, EY’s North Entrepreneur of the Year Leader, said: “Solly’s clear long-term strategy has been the driving force behind The LADbible Group’s phenomenal growth and the company is ideally positioned for further expansion over the coming years.
“He is leading the way in the use of technology to build communities and is creating significant, scalable growth. This is a company that’s set to explode.”
Each of the winners were judged and selected from finalists leading 40 companies from across the north west, Yorkshire and north east. All of the North of England winners will go on to represent the region at the UK finals in October 2016.