Julie Deane of Cambridge Satchel Company was crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year last night (Tuesday) at the grand final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The awards, held at London’s prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms, recognised and celebrated the country’s leading entrepreneurs, with Sir Steve Redgrave on hand to crown Eric Newnham as Serial Entrepreneur of the Year.
As well as the main prize Deane saw her company scoop the award for Export Entrepreneur of the Year, whilst Naked Wines took home the award for Retail Entrepreneur of the Year.
“This means so much to me and our company,” said Julie Deane, “I just can’t wait to get home and tell my Mum. This is recognition for the hard work of so many people.
“We are proud to be British and to be creating jobs for so many people. I didn’t expect to win one, let alone three awards tonight.”
Nine year old entrepreneur Henry Patterson, who was shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, narrowly missed out to Dominic Joseph and Adam Ludwin of Captify. Henry was given a special mention as “One to Watch” for his online sweet shop Not Before Tea.
Headline Sponsor Bizcrowd, powered by NatWest and RBS, awarded the Bizcrowd Special Merit Award to James Caan for Entrepreneurs Champion and Neil Barnfather for Serial Entrepreneur of the Year. Neilhas successfully managed more than fifteen new start-ups, across multiple industry sectors, since his late teens and as a blind man is particularly passionate about inspiring others with disabilities to succeed.
Ewan MacLeod, Head of Bizcrowd, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2013. The awards celebrate some of the very best in business talent — showcasing the truly inspiring and diverse businesses we have to offer in the UK. As an online business community with over 26,000 members, I hope that we can continue to support businesses in making connections and achieving their business ambitions.”
Attended by the country’s leading entrepreneurs the awards ceremony was a huge success, not least in recognising some of the lesser known business success stories.