Business leaders, mentors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Millennium Hotel in London last night (November 21st) to discover who had won a coveted NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Award at the London final.
Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs, rather than just their financial success.
The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from London and the South East across 12 categories, from Family Business of the Year to Small Business of the Year.
The number of businesses who entered the Awards has tripled this year, with well over a thousand entries received across five regions. Judges include serial entrepreneur James Caan CBE and David Buttress, founder of Just Eat.
Founder of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “This has been a really tough year for our judges, as not only have we seen more entries than ever before, but the standard of entries has also been the best ever. We’ve had an incredibly tough job narrowing down the winners from such a strong shortlist.
“The winning entrepreneurs have made a huge impact on entrepreneurship in their region and the wider UK economy and we hope that winning an award will help give them the recognition they thoroughly deserve.”
Francesca added: “We’d like to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year, and send huge congratulations to those who have taken home awards. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings for you.”
Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for NatWest, said: “We are incredibly proud to support these important awards. It has been so inspiring to see the number and calibre of entries this year, which proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in London and the South East.
I want to extend my huge congratulations to all the winners of this year’s categories and hope that their businesses continue to grow in the future.”
Full list of winners:
#GoDo Entrepreneur of the Year
The Partyman Company
James Sinclair began his entrepreneurial journey at age 15 as a party entertainer, and over the past 15 years has grown his portfolio to include indoor play and laser kombat, day nurseries, a farm park, splash park and an online toy business.
Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year
Patrick McCrae set up ARTIQ in 2009 with a vision of providing expertly curated, narrative driven art for the workplace. Fair treatment for artists is fundamental to ARTIQ’s ethos with ‘art rental’ offering artists a regular income and exhibition space for their work whilst providing clients with the ability to regularly refresh their environment and showcase arts patronage.
Entrepreneur for Good
Christopher Baker-Brian, Mansoor Hamayun & Laurent Van Houcke
BBOXX CTO Chris leads the development of a wide range of advanced rural electrification solutions in London and oversees the BBOXX production facility, while CEO Mansoor manages a diverse global team, which manufactures and distributes products at a global and local level.
COO Laurent is responsible for developing and cascading the organisation’s mission statement to the staff and partners, and implementing appropriate recognition and coaching to align personnel with company goals.
Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year
Matt Gubba is CEO & Founder of BizBritain, a business support organisation he founded in 2012 to support entrepreneurs who don’t have a degree. This is a cause which is close to Matt’s own heart, having left school at a young age himself to pursue a passion for business.
Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year
New Skills Academy
Chris Morgan is co-founder of New Skills Academy, an online training business offering affordable accredited training courses to individuals wanting to learn for fun or further their career, and small businesses up-skilling their workforce.
High Street Entrepreneur of the Year
Kirsten is an award-winning entrepreneur who has transformed the high street beauty experience with London Grace, an innovative social beauty brand. Due to her success with a fast-growing business, Kirsten was recently named in Management Today’s prestigious ’35 Women Under 35’ list.
Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year
Sarah Simons & Susan Purse
British Baby Box
Susan Purse and Sarah Simons are the co-founders of British Baby Box, a rapidly-growing innovative baby brand which has introduced a Finnish tradition to the UK with a home-grown twist.
Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year
As CEO and co-founder at ClearScore, Justin Basini’s role is varied and far-reaching from the strategic direction of the business and the design of the product through to making the most of potential within the team.
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year
Victoria Green Ltd
Victoria Green is a leading British designer with over 20 years’ experience in the retail sector. She launched her range of beauty bags in 2014 which combine her passion for design, colour and pattern, and her legendary obsession with the organisation.
Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year
Melanie Goldsmith & Emile Bernard
Smith & Sinclair
Melanie Goldsmith and Emile Bernard are the co-founders of Smith & Sinclair. The entrepreneurial duo are responsible for the world’s first cocktail confectionery, and since conception the company has gone on to curate innovative experiences for their own standalone activations as well as that of other brands.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Richard Evans is the founder of The Profs, the award-winning education start-up and the UK’s premier specialist university tuition provider. He is also the co-founder of BitPaper – the online whiteboard created for tutors, by tutors.
Great British Entrepreneur of the Year: London & The South East
To see the full shortlist for these events, click here.