Published in MK News, Thursday 1 November 2012
A partially-sighted Milton Keynes businessman got more than he bargained for when he attended the first round of the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in London.
James King, founder and owner of Oliver James Garden Rooms in Bletchley, was asked by easyJet magnate Stelios Haji-Ioannou for advice on extending one of his own residences.
James, who runs the successful glazed home extension company, was diagnosed with the eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa. He said: “I was delighted to be invited to meet Sir Stelios and the other awards entrants at his easyHotel headquarters in London. Stelios gave me his card and asked for my personal suggestions on the best way to create additional space at one of his many homes.”
The winner of the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs will be announced on December 3 and will receive a prize of £50,000. The creation of the award, in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability, was motivated by Sir Stelios’ goal of supporting disabled entrepreneurs and raises awareness of the skills and inventiveness of those with disabilities.
This is the second awards that Oliver James Garden Rooms has been successfully involved in this year, also having been shortlisted for the prestigious International Design and Architecture Award.