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Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015

Hundreds of entrepreneurs were recognised for their inspiring achievements at the third Great British Entrepreneur Awards on Wednesday in a fantastic night of celebration. 

Under the glittering canopy of the Ballroom South Bank, 15 entrepreneurs were named victorious across 20 different categories. Ed Bussey, founder of content marketing company Quill, was named the ‘Great British Entrepreneur of the Year’, joining previous winners Julie Deane from the Cambridge Satchel Company and James Watt from BrewDog.

Alexander Solomou, founder of 65twenty, the parent company of the LADBible, SPORTBible and LASSBible enjoyed a successful evening, winning the ‘Creative’, ‘E2E Scale-up’ and ‘Digital’ Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder of Pavegen, was the one another multiple award winner, winning the ‘Eco’ and ‘Social Enterprise (International)’ categories.

Nick James, founder of Fresh Business Thinking and co-founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “As a society we benefit massively from entrepreneurs; they create wealth, employment, they invest in community projects and many choose to ‘pay it forward’ by investing in other entrepreneurs whether with money, time or both.

“There is a school of thought that entrepreneurs experience higher levels of job satisfaction than non-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs’ happiness can rub off on the happiness of non-entrepreneurs.”

He added: “Entrepreneurs might be the fire-starters but I think that the most important characteristic of an entrepreneur is not just the wherewithal and passion to start the fire – but the energy to keep it burning brightly.”

Winners

Export/International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year – Joan Woulfe and Katie Smith
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year – Simone Thomas
Eco Entrepreneur of the Year – Laurence Kemball-Cook
Creative Entrepreneur of the Year – Alexander Solomou
Social Enterprise (UK) Entrepreneur of the Year – Lousia Symington-Mills
Social Enterprise (International) Entrepreneur of the Year – Laurence Kemball-Cook
Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year – Adetola Kunle-Hassan
Retail Entrepreneur of the Year – Dom & Ali Beaven
Micro Business Entrepreneur of the Year – Darren Thomas
Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year – Steve Lindsey
E2E Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Alexander Solomou
Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Nicholas Walters
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (25 & under) – George Burgess
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (26-30) – Christian Lane
Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year – Alex & Kitty Shepherd
Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year – Marc Wileman
Digital Entrepreneur of the Year – Alexander Solomou
Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year – Ian Merricks
Great British Entrepreneur of the Year – Ed Bussey