TWO young businessmen who won the "entrepreneurial spirit' gong at the Best of Darlington awards this year are growing the business and employing new people.

Tom Schott and Josh Grant started from scratch to run a packaging company that now generates a turnover of £1million and employs five people, as well as themselves.

The idea came from the amount of unused boxes Mr Schott's father's company, Schott Removals, generated.

The pair decided to use the boxes to start their own venture.

Both firms are based at Lingfield Point business park in the town.

Estate Manager Eddie Humphries said he was delighted by Tom and Josh’s success.

“There is something really special and exciting about seeing two young men start from nothing and grow such an impressive business," he said.

“We are very proud to be part of their journey.

"They really do represent a business with Entrepreneurial Spirit and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Mr Schott said: “We were completely blown away not only to be nominated for this award but to be named winners on the night.

“Josh and I have had an amazing journey with the company so far.

"And to receive another award is incredible.

“We will shortly be welcoming more new staff members to the team and can't wait to continue building and expanding in 2020."

The award, presented in June this year, was sponsored by Darlington Borough Council’s Invest in Darlington.

It was to be awarded to 'business-minded individuals who demonstrated a true passion for building something great from nothing, and who were willing to push themselves to the limits to achieve big goals'.

The award was presented by Councillor Alan Marshall.

Judges said of the company: "This is a shining example of brilliant entrepreneurial spirit."

The Best of Darlington awards celebrated athletes, successful students and businesses and volunteers.