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Ear to the Ground’s production director Jon Drape was this week given the prestigious 40 under 40 Award by business bible, Crain’s in recognition of his work in the field of creative event and production management.

The coveted award was given at an auspicious party held at Manchester’s Midland Hotel celebrating forty of the city’s most exemplary business people in their specialist fields.

Crain’s Manchester Business is one of the most authoritative business titles in the UK and has sister titles in New York, Chicago and Detroit.

Jon Drape comments,

I am really pleased that title such as Crain’s recognises the work that Ear to the Ground has done since we first started in 2003. We have been a key player in the evolution of the event and communications through the country adding value to many of the UK’s leading brands.

Previous winners of the 40 Under 40 award include Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey though Jon assures he won’t be moving into either television or politics quite yet.