#GBEA Top Moments: June 2018

It’s June and summer most definitely arrived this month! We’ve been enjoying the sunshine, and the World Cup. But the GBEA community is still going strong, working, achieving and inspiring every day. Here are some of the top moments for the #GBEA community in June…

Gripping the nation

One of the most inspirational young entrepreneurs in the UK, Jordan Daykin was the youngest person ever to secure investment on BBC’s Dragon’s Den at just 18. And now, he’s telling his story through his autobiography, Gripped.
Jordan also launched his ‘Enterprise Scheme’ for under 16s to win £30,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring to help turn their business idea into a reality.




On the Investment Trail

This month we’ve loved watching the video series produced by 2017 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year winner for The Midlands, Lee Wilcox and On The Tools. They’re currently looking for investment and Lee has been documenting the journey and what he’s learning about the whole process. You should definitely go and check them out.


Introducing Commander King

We were thrilled to see this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, because it features our judge and founder of the MOBO Awards, Kanya King. Kanya already had an MBE, but was upgraded to a CBE for her services music and culture. Well done Kanya King CBE.





#PowerUp your business

June has seen the latest sets of businesses start life in NatWest’s Accelerator Hubs, we’ve loved keeping an eye on the bright-eyed and enthusiastic entrepreneurs joining the ranks up and down the country. If you want to #PowerUp your business, you can apply now!


The MINI roars like a lion

The lion is fierce and bold, but it’s also MINI. At least in the case of S3 Advertising. After founder Matt Jones picked up the national Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017, MINI supplied S3 with a Countryman, which the advertising agency branded in its trademark lion design. We caught up with Matt to hear all about the car and his entrepreneurial journey for the next issue of the Great British Entrepreneurs magazine.




Neat or on the rocks, Ms Sturgeon?

Photo frames made from old whisky barrels is such a great idea. That’s why we love Kirsten Hunter, who won the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year award for Scotland and Northern Ireland last year. This month, she had the honour of meeting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, after becoming the 500th business to take the ‘Scottish Business Pledge’. We’re looking forward to hearing whether Ms Sturgeon likes her whisky neat or on the rocks!


You might have seen the #ThanksAMillion campaign going around social media recently. Well, this month, we wanted to pay special attention to Prince’s Trust, which thanked everyone involved in their Enterprise programme for championing entrepreneurial spirit.





A (New)TrueStart

One of our favourite winners from 2017, TrueStart coffee dropped some brilliant new branding in June, with some brand new products. Focusing on their colour and vibrance, their new look is #WildForLife! We can’t wait to try some of the new range.

Funding the Welsh tech scene

There was big news for tech companies in Wales in June as our partners, Development Bank of Wales launched £20 million worth of funding to support growing business to thrive.