Shields entrepreneur Craig’s star is on the rise

RISING HIGH ... businessman Craig Lumley has been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year.
RISING HIGH ... businessman Craig Lumley has been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year.
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A BUSINESSMAN who has worked tirelessly to grow his firm has become one of the early runners in a Gazette awards.

Craig Lumley, 30, from South Shields, is a co-founder of urban street brand company Rise High Apparel – and the first entrant in the Entrepreneur of the Year category of our Best of South Tyneside Awards.

The nomination for him reads: “The business is moving from strength to strength and I feel the success is down to Craig and the energy he has ploughed into it.

“He is massively hard-working, very well-liked and known by many.”

Craig said: “It’s a bit of a shock but it feels nice to be appreciated, and it is good that I am being recognised for what I am trying to do.”

Rise High Apparel focuses on the skate and surf elements of fashion, and Craig added: “We are slowly but surely starting to make a name for ourselves.”

It’s a bit of a shock ... but good that I am being recognised for what I am trying to do.

Craig Lumley, co-founder, High Rise Apparel

He said his aim was to grow the firm, and help college and university students to “get a foot in the industry.”

He also hopes to support and work with charities.

• We want many more nominations between now and the deadline of Friday, April 10.

The awards will culminate in a glittering finals night at the Quality Hotel on June 25.

To nominate, just fill in the form in today’s paper or do it online HERE.

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