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Meet the latest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Hall of Fame inductees

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards is delighted to announce the induction of Juliet Barratt, Hannah & Sophie Pycroft, and Jess Butcher MBE into the Great British Entrepreneur Awards Hall of Fame in partnership with UBS Wealth Management, marking International Women’s Day 2021. 

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards Hall of Fame recognises individuals with a long-term record of combining their outstanding entrepreneurial achievements with a sustained commitment to supporting entrepreneurial talent through the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and other partner programmes.

Hannah and Sophie Pycroft are the sister-founders of Spectrum Collections, ‘the world’s most Instagrammable makeup brushes’. They started the business from their garage in Barry in South Wales and have since gone from strength-to-strength, collaborating on unique designs with Disney. 

Their story saw them named Family Business Entrepreneurs of the Year and Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year for Wales & the South West in 2017, before claiming the same title at the National Final. They then joined the judging panel a year and have been an ever-present source of inspiration and support for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards community ever since. 

Juliet Barratt is the co-founder of sports nutrition brand Grenade. Since launching in 2010 with just £27 in the bank, the brand has grown to seismic levels and consistently been one of the UK’s fastest growing companies, even becoming the biggest selling chocolate bar in the UK in its size category. 

She was named Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year and Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midlands in 2018 alongside her co-founder Alan, before being named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Final. She also joined the judging panel a year later and, like Hannah and Sophie, has established herself as one of the most supportive members of the community. 

Jess Butcher MBE is best known as the co-founder of Blippar, the tech company that became the UK’s first unicorn in 2015 with a valuation of more than $1 billion. She later co-founded Tick.Done, a micro-video platform designed to build skills and is now one of four commissioners on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She joined the Great British Entrepreneur Awards judging panel in 2019.

Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “I’m delighted to mark International Women’s Day by celebrating the incredible contribution these four women make to the community and inducting them into the Great British Entrepreneur Awards Hall of Fame. 

“The Great British Entrepreneur Awards community is blessed with plenty of incredible women, from the winners we’ve had over the years to the judges and partners. I’m honoured to have worked alongside them since launching in 2013 and look forward to celebrating women in business for years to come. 

Giles Nicholas, managing director at UBS Wealth Management, said: “At UBS we know how important it is to support women in business. As sponsors of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards Hall of Fame, it is wonderful to see such great women entrepreneurs being recognised for their achievements. They are an inspiration to others and a much-needed boost for UK PLC.”

Juliet, Hannah & Sophie, and Jess join a group of 23 members in the Hall of Fame, including some incredible female entrepreneurs such as The Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane OBE, GoCompare founder Hayley Parsons OBE, MOBO Group founder Kanya King CBE and Notonthehighstreet.com founder Holly Tucker MBE.