Paul Jorgensen, a man who launched a company that works with fleet managers, logistics firms and businesses with teams out on the road to ensure their safety, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Greater Manchester Business Awards 2018.
Judges praised Paul for ‘exercising initiative by organising a venture to take benefit of an opportunity’ and recognised him as ‘a risk taker who monitors and controls the business activities’.
Paul founded Strategic Analytics Team (SAT), a boutique logistics management consultancy helping companies improve their operational performance through analytics, technology and training courses, in 2016 after more than 25 years of experience in the logistics sector working with big brands such as DHL and Shell in countries all over the world. He decided to set up SAT after recognising that many companies were unable to link elements such as analytics, technology and people development together, particularly SMEs or organisations working in more challenging environments.
Since then, the company has launched the world’s first IVV Diamond-accredited defensive driver education programme specifically for electric vehicles, formed partnerships with Australian technology company JESI Management Solutions and UK firm Trakm8, to deliver products such as telematics, route optimisation and journey management software to its clients.
In the last 12 months alone, Paul has been the driving force in taking Strategic Analytics Team to the next level, winning training contracts with Shell, Agility and the British Council, and remarkably setting up a logistics training Centre of Excellence in Basra, Iraq. He has also secured a slot to deliver a key note speech at this year’s Multimodal exhibition – the go-to event for the transport and logistics sector – on the subject of ‘Driving for work: legal pitfalls, consequences and things to consider on the road’.
Strategic Analytics Team, was also a finalist in the Business of the Year (between 10 and 50 employees) category and, when judges found choosing the eventual winner a close call, they presented the company with a special recognition award.
Paul said: “Being named as Entrepreneur of the Year has left me feeling humbled. To know that this award has been decided on by a panel of independent judges – my peers – makes me feel incredibly proud.
“To then have Strategic Analytics Team recognised with a special recognition award for the work we have done as a team was a very welcome, added bonus. We are at the cutting edge of technological developments in the logistics industry and this award shows how far we have come since winning the Start Up Business of the Year category last year.”