Published in The Sun, 19th December 2013

MK Builder wins Stelios Award

ENTREPRENEUR James King has won an award giving him £50,000 to expand his business – despite being registered blind.

James, from Milton Keynes, won the gong for his company Oliver James Garden Rooms, which created glazed home extensions.

The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, run by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-loannou with the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity, recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs. James, 47, was a bricklayer until his early twenties, when he was diagnosed with hereditary eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa. He said: “Because of my vision we have to overcome certain situations but because of this, we end up with a better standard.”

Sir Stelios said: “I have been really impressed by the growth of James’ business and the way he is meeting a genuine need in the market.”

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