Taxi boss gets Obama inspiration

Managing director of Phoenix Taxis Alex Hurst.
Managing director of Phoenix Taxis Alex Hurst.

A Northumberland taxi boss has been flying the flag for the UK at a top business event hosted by President Barack Obama.

Phoenix Taxis managing director Alex Hurst was nominated by the United States Embassy in London for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Learners Initiative and attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley.

The event was hosted by President Obama, alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Alex, 27, who has seen his company’s turnover rise from £1.6m to £4.2m in four years, said: “It was an opportunity of a lifetime.

“As well as meeting a wide range of inspiring and high profile figureheads and other young entrepreneurs, the ideas and knowledge I have gained are extraordinary.”