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Preston health and fitness entrepreneur wins FSB business award


A Preston-based businessman, who has set up a unique training business with a focus on community and self-development, has been named as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

As well as making use of digital technology, 25-year-old James Calderbank offers a boutique service at the Transform Hub and has a growing number of clients. 

James felt lost after not completing his studies and this led him to pursue his passion for health and fitness, which resulted in the formation of the Transform Hub.

After his first foray into digital marketing selling diet plans through Instagram, he realised there was a market for distance coaching and started to develop an online platform, moving into training plans and coaching. 

The 25-year-old now plans to create his own brand of fitness and self-development coaching.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “My congratulations to James Calderbank. The awards clearly demonstrate how small businesses are embracing and driving innovation and technology.

“Small businesses make for a strong economy, and it is through supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs such as James that we’ll continue to lead the world in entrepreneurialism.”

FSB Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner James Calderbank of Transform Hub, said:  “It goes to show that if you’re someone who has ever had the dream of running your own business - take the leap! There were so many amazing and inspirational people in that room today, all of them started somewhere. Most built their businesses from their bedroom or even their shed and now are growing at incredible rates.”