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MHG Photography shortlisted for North East, Yorkshire & the Humber UK StartUp Award 2024

MHG Photography shortlisted for the UK Start up awards
MHG Photography shortlisted for the UK Start up awards

Northallerton-based photographer Megan Geddis has been named a finalist ahead of the North East, Yorkshire & the Humber final of the StartUp Awards.

The UK StartUp Awards was launched to recognise the booming start-up scene across the UK

which has accelerated over the last few years with over 900,000 new businesses founded in the

UK in 2023, a 12% increase from the year before.

Over 900 businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s UK StartUp Awards and the

contribution of these firms - all of which were started in the last three years - is significant,

having created nearly 6,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales

of £480 million.

MHG Photography was founded by founded by Megan Geddis and has grown rapidly to offer commercial photography services to some of the North East's largest businesses and also nationally recognised businesses like Everyman Cinemas and Great British Racing . The business has been nominated for the Creative StartUp of the Award.

MHG PHotography shortlisted for Start Up Awards
Founder Megan Geddis, with Mike Racz and Stuart Coupland.

Megan Geddis, founder of MHG Photography, said: “It's great to be shortlisted for the second year in a row, first for the Rising Star award and now Creative StartUp of the Year. I think it's important for creatives to be recognised for their business acumen, as well as their creative talents.”

Supported nationally by ScoreApp, GS1 UK, Starling Bank, OVHcloud, GiftRound, Airwallex, the

programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea

into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.

The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges

with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures. The winners from each region

will then be invited to the first UK final taking place at Ideas Fest, the Glastonbury for Business

festival in Tring, Hertfordshire on 12th September 2024.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the UK StartUp Awards, said:

“​​Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs,

innovation and wealth creation across the UK. All the finalists this year represent the best of

those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent

and perseverance, have created amazing new businesses that are creating real impact in their

sectors. Building on the success of previous years, we are now looking to identify the ‘best of

the best’ with all the finalists who win their category in their region going on to represent their

region at the first ever UK National StartUp Awards final later this year”.

The UK StartUp Awards was created in collaboration with the team behind the Great British

Entrepreneur Awards, one of the most successful awards programmes in the UK. The UK

StartUp Awards are running for the third year after launching in 2022.

This year’s regional UK StartUp Awards finalists can be found online at

StartUp Awards

The UK StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British

Entrepreneur Awards; an established programme nationally receiving thousands applications


The UK StartUp Awards will recognise the achievements of those amazing individuals who have

had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service.

After extending across the whole of the United Kingdom last year, the UK StartUp Awards will

now host an awards for the winners of each 10 UK regions at a national final later in the year.

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