GBEA Birmingham Winners

Full list of winners:

#GoDo Entrepreneur of the Year

Paul Gill

Pure CF

Pure CF is a British Contract Furniture specialist that manufactures custom-made furniture to create landmark interiors all over the world. Originally an apprentice at the company, Paul Gill quickly worked his way up until he made the decision to buy the company in 2002, and has never looked back.

Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year

Lee Wilcox

On the Tools

Lee Wilcox is co-founder and CEO of On the Tools, the biggest construction community in the world. The site now has well over 1 billion views, has the highest viewed piece of branded content in the UK this year, beating the likes of LADBible & UniLad, and the company even hosts its own industry awards.

Entrepreneur for Good

Angus Drummond

Limitless Travel

Angus Drummond is CEO and founder of Limitless Travel, the accessible holiday and tour operator - providing friendly holidays for anyone living with disability or reduced mobility. Angus is a passionate and dedicated entrepreneur with expertise in leadership, innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year

Jodie Cook & Ben Cook

Clever Tykes

Jodie and Ben Cook own the JayBee Group, which consists of companies in the marketing, tech and education sectors. They are rapidly gaining a reputation and profile as thought-leaders in social media and enterprise education, with many requests to appear in the national media and at conferences.

Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Chloe Watmore


Chloe Watmore is changing the face of engineering in relation to gender and the physical environment. As one of the youngest female leaders in the industry, she demonstrates all the traits of a successful entrepreneur; vision, determination, passion for her industry and acts as an ambassador for change.

Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year

Steve Lindsey


Steve Lindsey is the founder of Lontra, best known for its revolutionary Blade Compressor® technology. Without a formal background in engineering, Steve developed an innovative alternative to a long-existing technology, challenging the norm in a market which has long been thought declining.

Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year

James Macfarlane

PM Connect Ltd

As a founding member of PM Connect, James Macfarlane’s key responsibilities are creating unique payment mechanisms, scalable marketing techniques, new business development and content product deliverables. He has driven the company to be the 11th fastest growing tech company in the UK in 2016.

Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Amy Cunningham

The Strings Club Ltd

Having worked as a violinist and teacher for over 10 years, Amy Cunningham set up The Strings Club in 2012 to offer a range of high-quality musical experiences for children aged four to 11. The music education company has grown from strength to strength and now operates within seven locations, expanding to a new area every quarter.

Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year

Melissa Snover

Katjes Magic Candy Factory

Melissa Snover is an entrepreneur, visionary, and trendsetter in the world of food technology. She has founded and run several successful businesses, her most recent being Katjes Magic Candy Factory, a tech start-up that has developed the world’s first 3D printer for confectionary.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Stacey Barsby & Kerry Barsby

ClubsComplete Ltd

Identical twins Stacey and Kerry have dedicated their lives to education and broadening the range of opportunities available to children in rural and underprivileged areas. They co-founded ClubsComplete, a program that provides high quality extra-curricular and educational services to primary schools and families in the UK.

Overall Entrepreneur of the Year: Birmingham

Lee Wilcox

On the Tools

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