Young entrepreneurs Tom Schott and Josh Grant are marking a double celebration.

Not only has the business grown again but the pair have also won the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” award at the Best of Darlington Awards.

The duo started from scratch to run a packaging company that now generates a turnover of £1 million and employs five people as well as themselves.

The idea came from the amount of unused boxes Tom’s dad’s company, Schott Removals, generated – and they decided to use them to start their own venture.

Both firms are based at Lingfield Point in Darlington where Estate Manager Eddie Humphries was delighted by their success.

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

“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.”

Tom said: “Josh and I have had an amazing journey with the company so far, and to receive this 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.”