Here are the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur Awards finalists

We are delighted to be revealing the 2020 regional shortlist for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, has shortlisted 550 entrepreneurs and 433 businesses across eight regions in 15 categories, including Creative Industries, Disruptor, Scale-Up and Young.

2020 has been an incredibly tough year for so many businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a response, we created the Pivot Entrepreneur of the Year category to recognise entrepreneurs who have adapted their business to ensure it can survive or even thrive during the crisis.

We celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK. Over the years, we have celebrated some household names including Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co., James Watt of BrewDog, Alan and Juliet Barrett of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s regional finals will be held virtually on 23rd September in one single celebration. 

You can find out more about the virtual final and book your free tickets here.

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “Given what we’ve seen over the past few months, the 2020 edition of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is arguably the most important. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we celebrate the achievements of the country’s entrepreneurs and their determination in the face of such adversity.

“So many entrepreneurs will have been fighting to keep their business afloat over the past few months, and indeed will be over the coming months. That’s exactly why we launched the Pivot category; to recognise those that have managed to adapt and thrive throughout this period.

“I want to send my congratulations to each and every single entrepreneur who has made it to the shortlist this year, and I wish them the very best of luck for the regional finals.”

Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said: “These entrepreneurs have gone above and beyond in order to allow their businesses to flourish in extremely difficult times and it is a true honour to congratulate each and every one of them.”