Harborough manufacturing boss earns national plaudits

Arnab Dutt of Harborough manufacturing firm Texane
Arnab Dutt of Harborough manufacturing firm Texane

The director of a growing manufacturing firm in Market Harborough was the only Leicestershire finalist at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards recently.

Arnab Dutt is the entrepreneur behind Texane which makes tough, polyurethane wheels that keep escalators running on many of the world’s most iconic public transit systems, from the New York subway to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Although he missed out on the top prizes, he was recognised in two categories celebrating manufacturing entrepreneurs and international trade entrepreneurs.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards held at Old Billingsgate Market in London last month, were established last year to celebrate inspiring entrepreneurs.

Mr Dutt said: “I think what caught the judges’ attention is the fact that I’m not solely motivated by pound signs.

“I measure success through the spirit of the team I lead, the customer relationships I have nurtured, and the difference I hope to have made to the industry sectors I work in.”

He bought Texane in 2005 and brought it back from the brink of administration.

Now, the firm’s Texane Tough products have a worldwide reputation in the transport sector.

The company is based on the Valley Way Industrial Estate in Market Harborough.

As well as managing a business that sells worldwide, Mr Dutt is a public member of Network Rail and lobbies for fairer procurement for small and medium-sized firms.

He is also joint founder and owner of Dexo, a new technology company based in Oadby, Leicester.

A total of 65 entrepreneurs were recognised at this year’s entrepreneur awards, with James Watt, founder of BrewDog, taking home the Grand Prix accolade as Great British Entrepreneur of the Year.