The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has today confirmed entrepreneur, Oli Barrett MBE as awards host for 10 events across the UK that make up the 2017 Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2017 programme.

Oli, named as one of GQ’s 100 most connected men, has turned networking and connecting likeminded people into an art. As a co-founder of StartUp Britain, he has invested much of his time in encouraging and nurturing entrepreneurs, making him the perfect candidate to represent the upcoming awards.

He has also developed Tenner and Cospa. Tenner, now in its tenth year, is the UK’s largest school enterprise competition and challenges school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month with £10, while Cospa helps companies and causes to create and grow ventures that make money and make a difference.

Oli said: “I have loved seeing the Great British Entrepreneur Awards evolve since its launch, and can’t wait to play a part in its future. It is important to recognise the individuals who start businesses and to share their stories. These Awards go further than that, shining a light on the supporters who make a difference, sometimes behind the scenes.

“With so much attention given to early stage tech businesses, often in London, it is refreshing to see the brilliant variety of nominees and winners each year, from such a large range of sectors, size of business and parts of the UK.”

Creator of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca Russell, commented: “We are thrilled to have Oli on board for this year’s awards. He’s done a lot of great things for entrepreneurs in the UK, from his inspiring business ventures to his work with schools, and it’s wonderful that he’s going to be a part of this project.

“Having someone of his calibre and business acumen at each award ceremony is fantastic and we can’t wait to hear his pearls of wisdom being spread around the UK.”

Oli will be hosting ceremonies in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester throughout November. Now in its fifth year, The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise entrepreneurs from multiple industries across 14 award categories, including Scale-up, Innovation, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Previous winners include David Buttress – Former CEO of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE – Founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt – Founder of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou – Founder and CEO of TheLADBible Group.

The NatWestGreat British Entrepreneur Awards are currently open for applications, and entrants can apply here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.