A budding young entrepreneur who set up his own IT company at the age of 15 has won a national business award.
Harvey Morton, aged 20, from Woodseats, Sheffield, was named Young Freelancer of the Year in the IPSE – Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – competition.
Harvey juggles the demands of running his home-based IT consultancy full time with his studies at Sheffield Hallam University’s business school, where he has just completed the second year of his BA in Business and Enterprise Management.
“It was a complete surprise when they announced that I was the winner. I still feel quite overwhelmed. It’s a national title and I have had a lot of attention since and I’m not really used to anything on that scale. To be recognised nationally is huge, really.”
Harvey won £3,000 prize money, champagne and a year’s membership of IPSE, which entitles him to free business support.
His firm Harvey Morton IT support offers a range of services including social media management, web design, app development and media production.
Harvey, who was nominated for the prize by Sheffield Hallam University’s Enterprise team, is no stranger to award success.
At the age of 15, he set up an on-call IT support firm and later won enterprise prizes while still at school studying for his GCSEs. The firm has grown into a digital marketing agency with clients all around the UK, including The Cutler’s Company, Alton Towers and The Princes Trust.
Harvey said he had no plans to go to university but received help from business experts in Sheffield Hallam’s Enterprise team and after meeting other students decided to take the plunge. He said:
“One of the reasons I was attracted to Sheffield Hallam was because I met people studying on the business courses at SHU and I could see how much they enjoyed it. Before that, I had never thought of going to university.
“I have learnt so many skills which have helped me to run my business – financial management, HR, how to write a proper business plan, customer service skills, and a lot of the theory has helped with the practical element of running my business.
“The support I’ve received from the Enterprise Team has been outstanding.
“I feel privileged to have been able to access an amazing team of mentors who have given me valuable advice and have helped me to grow my business alongside my studies at Hallam.
“It’s been great to meet so many like-minded people at the university who are also self-employed. To anyone who is thinking of setting up a business whilst at Hallam, do it! The Enterprise Team will support you along the way and it’s a great way to make new friends.”
Caroline Nouvellon enterprise manager at SHU, said:
“It has been an absolute privilege to support Harvey in his business venture over the past couple of years. He encapsulates the extraordinary entrepreneurial flair and mind-set of many Hallam students and graduates, and has been a wonderful ambassador for the Enterprise Team.
“He is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the ISPSE Young Freelancers of the Year Award and we look forward to working with him in the future to ensure the long term sustainability of his business within the Sheffield City Region.”