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Entrepreneurs from across the Midlands came together in Birmingham last night (Tuesday) to celebrate their success at the regional gala final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrates the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK.

Juliet and Alan Barratt, founders of sports nutrition brand, Grenade, enjoyed a hugely successful night, winning the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year and Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the region.

The married couple launched the company in 2010 as a sports supplement brand for strong and lean people, rather than bodybuilders, and has since branched out to convenience stores for those looking to be a bit more health conscious.

Francesca James, co-founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “Juliet and Alan have built and scaled an incredible brand over the past eight years, first mastering the dedicated fitness market before making it attractive to those who aren’t obsessed with fitness.”

“Having been valued at £72 million in 2017, and witnessing nearly 50% growth in the past year, we’re extremely excited to see where Juliet and Alan take Grenade next.”

Darren Boocock, Partner for Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte, who judged Juliet and Alan’s application, said: “Juliet and Alan have a really great story. Grenade is a very strong brand with really exciting prospects. It is also in a really interesting segment of the market.”

Winners were crowned across 12 categories in total including Family Business, Entrepreneurs’ Team and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Francesca James added: “2018 has been a record year for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the number of entries we received. But the quality of applications has been above and beyond what we’ve seen in previous years.

“Just getting to the gala final as a finalist is a huge achievement given the competition on show, so to walk away with a trophy in your hand deserves huge congratulations.”


Full list of winners:

Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year | Jo Ham, HAMEntrepreneur for Good Award | Alex Nash, AlcurisEntrepreneurial Spirit Award | Rachel & Tru Powell, Kandy GirlEntrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year | Gemma Went, Gemma WentEntrepreneurs’ Team of the Year | Matt Jones, Oxbridge Home LearningFamily Business Entrepreneur of the Year | Charles Oliver Hassall, Falcon Contract Flooring SalesInnovation Entrepreneur of the Year | Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Morningside Pharmaceuticals LtdScale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year | Juliet & Alan Barratt, GrenadeService Industries Entrepreneur of the Year | Arjun Panesar & Charlotte Summers, Diabetes Digital MediaSmall Business Entrepreneur of the Year | Joanna Hilditch, White Heron BrandsStart-Up Entrepreneur of the Year | Tom Walker & Gaz Booth, Holy Moly DipsYoung Entrepreneur of the Year | Omar Sacranie, Saints of MokhaGreat British Entrepreneur of the Year | Juliet & Alan Barratt, Grenade