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David Spencer-Percival Named Entrepreneur of the Year

13 Nov 2013

David Spencer-Percival, CEO of Spencer Ogden has been named the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards 2013.

Having been listed as a National Business Award finalist last year, DSP fought off tough competition from ex-Dragon, James Caan, Alex Chesterman of Zoopla Property Group and Adrian Everett, founder of e-cigarette company, E-Lites to win the award.

The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented each year to an entrepreneur that fits the description of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader. The winner must embody the qualities of successful entrepreneurship – drive, ambition, vision, tenacity, inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence, and David Spencer-Percival certainly does just that.

Speaking about the award, DSP said, “What an amazing evening, it’s the biggest compliment to be handed an award like this. For the last four years I have put everything I have into growing the Spencer Ogden business, and now that hard work and the success of the company is being recognised.”


After his first recruitment venture, Huntress Group, DSP set his sights on the energy sector and with business partner Sir Peter Ogden, founded Spencer Ogden in 2010.

Spencer Ogden has grown year-on-year and we now have offices across five continents, over 260 staff and an expected turnover of £54 million in 2013.

“It was a huge risk. There I was selling everything I owned to raise the capital for Spencer Ogden yet I had very little experience in the energy industry. What I did have was knowledge of recruitment, an eye for an opportunity and total faith in my ability to pull it off – and I’ve done just that.”

The award comes off the back of Spencer Ogden placing fifth in The Sunday Times International Track 200, where the company was the highest placed recruitment company on the list, demonstrating the success of its rapid growth.

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