A local media entrepreneur is celebrating after winning a national award.
York’s Dom Smith won the disability award last Friday at the National Diversity Awards for his work with culture magazine, Soundsphere, local creative agency, the Creative Condition and UK-wide network, Disabled Entrepreneurs.
He spoke about the emotional experience in receiving the award at the awards venue, Manchester’s Midland Hotel.
“It’s an absolute honour. I got emotional and I’ve been working on it for years. I still can’t believe it, I’m so grateful to the people in my category “.
Smith believes that there is a thriving ‘start-up’ culture in York particularly from a media perspective.
“There are so many inspiring people, and there are a lot of opportunities. York’s a really good city for start-ups as there are lots of people emerging, it’s been really fantastic “.
Part of this particular culture included setting up the Creative Condition which he set up with creative director, Mike Leigh Cooper.
The area was set up to focus on the features of being creative in a social, cultural and personal context.
On setting the agency up, he said “We were doing a really good talk in Bradford. We did it through a lack of business networks. We spent a couple of weeks doing it. At the end of the day, it’s all about effort and determination “.
“I am a very lucky person, I’ve always had a lot of friend support. There is no excuse to be lazy. The amount of support we have had, no one has given me an excuse. My determination comes from passion and it comes from other people. I am too inspired “.