The search for the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year has begun, with the entry window for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards now open. 

Now in its ninth year, Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank celebrates the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK, rather than just the balance sheet. Central to the ethos of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is being more than just an awards ceremony. It’s a community; a thriving ecosystem of support all year round and provision of support and opportunities for winners and finalists to connect and showcase their business.

The Awards has an incredible alumni of previous winners, including the likes of Julie Deane OBE (The Cambridge Satchel Company), James Watt (BrewDog), Alan and Juliet Barratt (Grenade), Shaun Pulfrey (Tangle Teezer) and hundreds of other inspiring entrepreneurs.

The team behind the Awards are anticipating an increase in entries in 2021, following a challenging year for all businesses throughout the pandemic in 2020, with the application window closing on Friday 4 June.

The Awards will again hold eight regional finals before a national final determines the overall winners in each category as well as this year’s Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition to last year’s list of categories, entrepreneurs will be able to enter two new categories: Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year and the Made in the UK Award.

Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “We all know how tough 2020 was for businesses and entrepreneurs. But we’ve seen within our community the willingness to think differently, adapt and pivot, driven by a determination to succeed. Through various conversations we’ve had, it’s pretty clear that the pandemic has also created a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs to change or even start their paths.

“I’m excited to learn more about the incredible achievements of this country’s entrepreneurs and how they’ve kept going over the past 12 months.

“I’m always overwhelmed by the sheer quantity and quality of the entrepreneurial stories that we see in the entries, and I have no doubt that 2021 will be the same.”

Anne Boden MBE, CEO and founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards headline partner, Starling Bank, said:

“After a challenging year for entrepreneurs, it’s important that we recognise the passion, grit and ingenuity needed to start, run and pivot a business. From those who have just started out on their journey to those looking to reach new heights, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is a valuable way to showcase just how innovative and resilient your business has been, and highlight all the ways you are changing the world for the better.”

 You can view the categories and start your application here:

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Do you know an entrepreneur or entrepreneurs who should enter the Great British Entrepreneur Awards? You can nominate them here: