Gloucestershire Live Young Business Person of the Year 2022 | Headline sponsor Randall & Payne | Winner: James Markey Nutrition X
Category: Awards

Meet the entrepreneur who created a leading brand and highly successful business from his bedroom

James Markey, MD of Nutrition X won GloucestershireLive Young Business Person Of The Year 2022. We find out more about the young entrepreneur and his business which he created from his bedroom following a life changing incident.

Here is James’ story which explains why he took home the award last year.

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Who is Nutrition X?

  • Fast-growing reputation as one of the leading sports nutrition specialists worldwide.
  • Founded by young entrepreneur James Markey (34) in 2014.
  • Based in Quedgeley with an impressive roster of elite-level athletes and clubs as clients, Nutrition X’s science-based product formulations and unique “food-first, supplement second” approach has gained devoted followers worldwide.
  • Clients include top-level clubs such as Scotland Rugby, The English Institute of Sport, Hintsa (Formula 1), Blackburn Rovers and Gloucester Rugby.

Passionate about safe supplementation and dedicated to a holistic approach to sports nutrition, Nutrition X stands out from the crowd thanks to its unwavering dedication to ensuring athletes have access to high-quality, safe supplements. Unlike many others on the market, every product in Nutrition X’s award-winning supplement range is independently tested and verified by Informed-Sport, putting every product through rigorous testing to ensure it doesn’t contain any substances listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned substance list.

Why James Markey stood out to the judges.

Nutrition X MD, James Markey, created this highly successful business whilst overcoming personal and professional challenges having been the victim of a random attack that resulted in a brain hemorrhage whilst on his gap year in Australia. To support his recovery in every way, James turned to nutrition and exercise, finding solace in the positive impact he could have on his body and physical wellbeing by taking care of himself properly.

Having always been a lover of sport and having turned to supplements and vitamins to support his recovery, he decided to have a go at setting up his own business in this space. And so, in 2014 at the tender age of 25 from his bedroom at his parent’s house, Nutrition X was born; a company to help others, specifically athletes, support their own performances and wellbeing through good quality, safe nutrition… just as James had done.

What began as a solo venture for James and a product range of just 7 specialist products grew into a world-leader on the supplement stage. When entering the award in 2022, Nutrition X had just enjoyed its largest turnover year to date; a growth of 54% in the previous 12 months. With the prediction for March 2022 – 2023 to supersede this and reach an impressive 60%+. Importantly, these figures represent success in a period that has not only faced the continuous import and export challenges of Brexit, but the ongoing impact of covid, both of which James and his team have successfully navigated to come out the other side stronger than ever.

What’s more, Nutrition X was named 2021 ‘Best Sports Nutrition Company’ and 2022 ‘Most Sustainable Company’ in the highly prestigious European Specialist Sports Nutrition Awards, as well as several specialist awards for its game-changing supplement products.

Always priding himself on the strength and dedication of his team – now 10-strong, with more recruitment underway at the time of entry – it’s James’ quick-thinking leadership and unwavering dedication to quality and safety that has undoubtedly led Nutrition X to where it is today. Ultimately, James created a highly successful company thanks to his own vision and dedication to the values he holds dear, overcoming his own personal challenges to get to where he is today; a world-renowned brand, trusted by the world’s top-level athletes and clubs.

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