The Sussex Business Awards recognised Ryan Jackson of Brighton-based OG Kicks as a hard-working, resilient and forward-thinking young entrepreneur.
The sold-out awards event – celebrating the achievements of businesses around Sussex – was hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky at The Grand Hotel, Brighton last week where Jackson faced stiff competition for Young Achiever of the Year. The 23-year-old was recognised with Highly Commended in a category looking for individuals who have achieved a level of business success that defies their age, and whose story demonstrates tenacity, determination and is one to watch.
After the awards, Jackson said: “It was a real honour to be a finalist in the Young Achiever of the Year category considering how tough the competition was. It’s been a crazy year. We are constantly growing, evolving and learning. I’ve got a great team and the future is exciting for all of us.”
Dan Grover, Head of Sales and Marketing at Nordell Ltd, judged this year’s Young Achiever category had this to say about Jackson’s success: “The quality of this year’s entries were phenomenal, making it very hard to select an overall winner. I was very impressed with Ryan’s entry however, which was highly commended. He showed that age is just a number by running a very successful business in Brighton and is already looking to expand and grow. Having faced the challenges of the retail sector during Covid, Ryan proved his agility to develop his online sales platform. OG Kicks is a fantastic business with great appeal to his market audience. Overall, a huge congratulation to Ryan and his team.”
OG Kicks is located in Bond Street, Brighton, and is open seven days a week, 10.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. For the latest news, follow them on Instagram @ogkicksbrighton or visit ogkicks.uk.
Image: Ryan Jackson outside The Grand Hotel, Brighton
About OG Kicks
Established by Ryan Jackson in 2017, OG Kicks has skyrocketed from being a top-ten Depop seller worldwide to our shop on Bond Street, Brighton, becoming a place of pilgrimage for OG Sneaker Heads up and down the South Coast.
We’re firm believers in brick-and-mortar stores and the community that can come with them. Having opened our first just three weeks before the initial lockdown, it was against all the odds that we came out kicking. Since then, our brand’s gone from strength to strength and the shop space has doubled in size as our presence continues to grow exponentially through our social media and the word of mouth of Brighton’s sneaker community.
At OG Kicks we sell more than just products, we sell the OG shopping experience provided by our team of sneaker-lovers who are striving to build a community and long-term relationships with our customers.
About the Sussex Business Awards
The Sussex Business Awards recognise the best businesses across Sussex from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and sizes. They shine a light on some of the best, most innovative and most determined local business businesses and give them the recognition they deserve.
The Sussex Business Awards is an event held by the Platinum Media Group, with the Young Achiever of the Year award sponsored by Nordell in 2022.