By Daniel Hunter

The man responsible for transforming the international call market for migrant communities was last night named Ernst & Young London and South Overall Entrepreneur of The Year 2012.

Ratheesan Yoganathan, of Lebara who co founded the mobile virtual network operator in 2001 was described by judges as an ‘astute business man’ and a hugely ‘impressive entrepreneur’. He used his knowledge of the migrant sector to create the first business focused on providing communities with high quality, low cost international calling services. In the past three years the company’s revenues have grown by 223 million euros.

Dave Hales, London & South leader of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, said: “Ratheesan has tailored a new breed of mobile products and services that benefit both the caller and the receiver. In doing so he is the leading mobile supplier to ethnic migrant communities by creating a ‘debt free’ company that delivers excellent service, with an excellent team of people.”

Ratheesan now joins 13 other finalists from the evening, who will compete, along with the winners of other regional heats held previously in Scotland and the North and Midlands, to become Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year at awards which will be held in October.

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