The founders of Welsh game developer Wales Interactive, David Banner MBE and Richard Pring, have been crowned Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year for Wales at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Now in its seventh year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs, rather than the business’ balance sheet.
At a revamped regional final in Cardiff, Banner and Pring also picked up the award for the Creative Industries category for the Wales region.
The pair launched Wales Interactive in 2012 and develop video games across Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo platforms with a particular interest in virtual reality. In its seven years, Wales Interactive has picked up several industry awards as well as several Welsh BAFTAs.
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “David and Richard have achieved incredible things in such a short space of time, especially in starting to establish Wales as an up-and-coming location for video game design and publishing. They’re thoroughly deserving of the title of Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the region.
“With over 3,000 entries across the country this year, it really is fantastic to even make it to the regional finals, so to win a category is nothing short of phenomenal. Every winner has different reasons for starting their business, but all are just as inspiring as each other. Seeing what it means to them as they collect their award is incredibly moving and drives us to keep doing what we’re doing by celebrating and supporting these amazing people.”
After picking up multiple awards himself in previous years, S3 Advertising founder Matt Jones saw his team pick-up the Entrepreneurs’ Team of the Year award. Elsewhere, the father and daughter duo of Jeff and Chloe Smith won the Entrepreneurial Spirit award as founders of Big Moose Coffee Co, and Ollie Noakes, founder of rock climbing centre Boulders, was named Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, which takes place in London in November.
Full list of winners for the Wales region:Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the YearDavid Banner & Richard Pring | Wales InteractiveDisruptor of the YearLucy Cohen & Sophie Hughes | MazumaEntrepreneur for Good AwardSophie Rae | RippleEntrepreneurial Spirit AwardChloe & Jeff Smith | Big Moose Coffee CoEntrepreneurs’ Team of the YearS3 AdvertisingFamily Business Entrepreneur of the YearMark, Sarah & Stephanie Harris | Pembrokeshire Wake ParkFood & Drink Entrepreneur of the YearSarah John & Roy Allkin | Boss Brewing CompanyScale-Up Entrepreneur of the YearAlex Lovén | Net World SportsService Industries Entrepreneur of the YearRob Dance | ROCKSmall Business Entrepreneur of the YearOllie Noakes | BouldersStart-Up Entrepreneur of the YearGareth Jones & Mandy Weston | Town Square SpacesYoung Entrepreneur of the YearCallum Griffiths | Clydach Farm GroupGreat British Entrepreneur of the Year (Wales)David Banner & Richard Pring | Wales Interactive