Founder of leading antibacterial brand announced as keynote speaker for business awards

The founder of an antibacterial and antifungal brand, which supplies products to leading retailers such as John Lewis, Debenhams and Sainsburys, is to be the keynote speaker at an upcoming business awards ceremony.

Recently rewarded with an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours, Byron Dixon will take to the stage at the Nachural Summer Business Ball and awards dinner, due to take place on June 29.

Dixon founded Micro-Fresh in 2006.

The business currently exports around 80% of its products around the world, where his company recently added North America, Vietnam and Pakistan to its existing operations in India, China, Portugal, Singapore and Jamaica.

Nachural’s CEO Ninder Johal, who was president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and is currently a board member of the Black Country LEP, said that Dixon’s entrepreneurial journey is a “remarkable one” and shows how the UK can produce innovative businesses that lead the way in health and life sciences.

“In light of the current political upheaval, it will be enlightening to hear from Mr Dixon how his business is coping with the current political administration and previous administrations and how he thinks the global markets will fare over the short, medium and long term. We are delighted to have somebody of Mr Dixon’s calibre at the event and illustrates the power of an entrepreneur to generate employment and wealth in a region. We are also intrigued to find out the business was able to translate its success internationally.”

He added: “We were overwhelmed by the strength of the entries from across all sectors showing that even in uncertain times, businesses do continue to generate employment and sustainability in the region.”

The Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards will take place at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Sponsors on the night include Cobra Beer, Mercedes Benz ( Wolverhampton ), East End Foods, Wolverhampton University, Guest Motors, Akaal, Rational FX, Pathway Group, FBC Manby Bowdler, Baldwins, Enterprise Europe Network, Scholars, Vison Print, Hollywood Monster, 8 Outdoor and headline sponsor Kuflink.

The charity for the evening will be Wolverhampton-based Promised Dreams and the compere will be BBC’s Tommy Sandhu.