Firstly, huge congratulations! This year’s shortlist is nothing short of exceptional and we have been completely bowled over by the quality (and quantity!) of entrepreneurs applying, even more so when you consider it’s been such a turbulent time for so many!
Secondly, a huge thank you to our partners, sponsors and judges, who have gone above and beyond to support us and this programme despite the challenges this year has presented.
For those who are new to The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, we’re far more of a community than ‘just’ an awards programme. And while to us that means alot all year round, there’s never been a time in our existence when it’s been so needed, and that we’ve seen it so mobilised and strong.
Like many of you, I run a small business and have had moments over the past few months of fear and uncertainty, worry; for my own sanity and for my teams, dread over tough conversations, making bold decisions in a changing landscape, but then also immense gratitude for what I have and the health of those dear to me.
I’ve had to keep reminding myself of that last one when it’s all been a bit too much.
Over the past few months, many of our worlds have been turned upside down and as entrepreneurs, while we’re already used to dealing with set-backs, having to masterfully pivot and dealing with ‘pull your hair out’ moments, this set of challenges is unique, especially in that none of us have been fighting alone.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you on the 23rd September. You’re all incredible and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate and champion your successes and endeavours, albeit in a very different way than we’d first imagined.
Beyond the regional finals, we’re here if you need us. If we can help with signposting, access to experts, promoting your successes outside of GBEA please do get in touch, and stay in touch!