The Awards

Founded in 2013, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom.

The Awards have celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names, and you can find more information on previous years here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen entrepreneurs facing unprecedented challenges with many businesses concerned about getting through these tough times.

As an awards programme that has championing, celebrating and connecting entrepreneurs as part of its DNA, Team GBEA have thought long and hard about what is the right course of action to take given the current situation.

In ‘normal’ times, our ‘business as usual’ would see us visiting eight cities in September to crown regional Great British Entrepreneur Awards winners who would then go on to compete at the national final. But we know that our ‘business as usual’ isn’t right for right now, and so we’ve reimagined it, putting the needs of the entrepreneurs we work with at the heart of every decision. So, without further ado, I present to you…..


GBEA 2020: Reimagined


Entry period: We’re extending the entry period for the 2020 programme. The deadline was May 2020, it’s now July 2020, giving entrepreneurs an additional two months to apply.

Regional awards: This is a BIG change for us. We’ve decided to take our regional awards programme online. We’ll still be joined by our Great British Entrepreneur Awards hosts and we have a number of tricks up our sleeves to ensure that the magic of a “in real life” event is brought to you in your kitchen, lounge, dining room or garden.

National final: We will meet again! We have confirmed a date for our national final, November 23rd 2020. Taking place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and to conclude the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week, this will be the biggest celebration of entrepreneurship Great Britain has ever seen and will invoke the spirit of patriotism at a time of national unity.