The search for the 2019 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year has begun as the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards opens for entries.
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom. It celebrates the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover.
2018 saw the founders of Grenade, Alan & Juliet Barratt, crowned national Great British Entrepreneur of the Year after picking up the same award for the Midlands region.
After hosting regional finals in Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards will expand its reach, hosting finals in Belfast, Exeter and Newcastle to represent the Northern Ireland, South West and North East regions.
Since launching in 2013, the Awards have celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names, including: Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Co., James Watt of BrewDog, David Buttress of Just Eat UK, Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer, and Hannah & Sophie Pycroft of Spectrum Collections.
The 2019 Awards programme sees two new categories up for grabs, Food & Drink and Health & Beauty, while categories such as Small Business, Scale-Up, Young and Creative Industries all make a return.
Founder Francesca James said: “2018 was an incredible year for us as we received 3,000 entries, shortlisted 300 entrepreneurs and crowned 58 regional winners and 13 national winners. We can’t wait to kick things off for 2019 and start to read more inspiring stories.”