Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year

Britain has huge creative clout around the world, and the creative industries are an important and growing part of the global economy.

In fact, creative industries, that amalgam of fashion, advertising, design, film, TV, publishing, music and art generate £87.4bn a year to the UK economy.

Creative entrepreneurs run businesses in which the creation process has an economic impact, a social impact and a cultural impact.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards Creative Industries entrepreneur of the year will be the entrepreneur driving a profit-making business whose output is the unique product of the human imagination, also known as intellectual property.

Remember, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrates and champions the stories of entrepreneurs. True entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the truly inspiring entrepreneurs who are the agents of positive change in our country.

Application top tips:

  • Don’t fall back on cliches and tired story lines.
  • Don’t undersell yourself, your business and your hard work.
  • Give us the truth, not just the formula.
  • You (the entrepreneur) are the hero/heroine of your story; tell us about your ingenuity, your insight.

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Unfortunately, when you have begun the application process you will not have the option to save. We therefore highly recommend that all applications are done on a separate document beforehand, and then copied and pasted into the online tool when you are happy that your application is complete.

Absolutely! If you feel that your business is suited to more than one category, we actively encourage you to enter more than one. However, do be sure to tailor each application to the relevant category, rather than using the same generic application across all.

Each question within the application is limited to a 400 word character count, and the process is broken down into multiple segments, which we believe will give you plenty of opportunity to fully explain your entry. The word count cannot be extended.

Yes, there is the opportunity to upload supporting documents along with your submission during the application process. All supporting documents will be provided to the judging panel alongside your application. There is a maximum upload limit of 10MB for these supporting documents.

Absolutely! If you have any testimonials that you feel would help with your application, you can submit them along with your supporting documents.

Unfortunately, an application cannot be amended after it has been submitted. It is for this reason that we highly recommend that submissions are thoroughly proofed beforehand.

The entry deadline for the 2017 Great British Entrepreneur Awards is 18th August 2017. Any extensions to entry deadlines will be announced via the website, social media and email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to give us a call on 0845 5000 328. Alternatively, you can email or


Previous Winners

Rosie Davies

London Fashion Agency

Alexander Solomou

TheLADbible Group

Sara Davies

Crafters Companion

Darren Crockett

DO Digital Realities

Lisa Tobia

Tobia Design