Podplus moves fast to gain firm foothold
BEING active in Kent has won an Ashford company the 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The awards dinner at Canterbury Cathedral brought together schools from across the county, experienced business directors and winners Kate and Tom Austen, founders of the Podplus trackside shop and clinic at the Julie Rose Stadium.
Podplus opened its doors at the Julie Rose Stadium just over 18 months ago, selling products designed for activity and running, alongside a high technology shoe fitting service linking up a treadmill, laptop and camera in store. The business also has health professionals offering chiropody, podiatry and sports massage.
Tom practises podiatry at the clinic, advising on all lower limb mechanics, growth problems, and foot injuries and ailments.
Kate manages their growing team of five staff, and the daily running of the business.
Speaking at the awards she said: “It took a year of research, a well thought out plan, support from the Prince’s Trust and continued enthusiasm and optimism to get here. We are so pleased”.
The award was sponsored by the Kent Institute of Directors and presented by chairman Frazer Thompson to the couple, who were chosen from Prince’s Trust businesses displaying at the Kent County Show in 2006.
Kate and Tom Austen with Frazer Thompson
Station master Michael Hickmott with Laura Simmons from Rye tourist information centre at the tourism fair at the Kent and East Sussex Railway