The finalists for the 2019 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards have been announced.
Celebrating the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover, 2019 is the seventh year of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Previous winners include Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co., James Watt of BrewDog, Alan and Juliet Barrett of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer.
Across all eight regions there are a total of 630 finalists competing across 13 categories, including Creatives Industries, Scale-Up, Young and Disruptor, in the running to become this year’s Great British Entrepreneur of the Year.
This year sees a major shake-up of the format of the Awards. No longer a black tie gala final, the eight regional finals will take place in more relaxed and intimate settings, with a ‘Late Show’ vibe. The National Final will take centre stage during Global Entrepreneurship Week in London in November.
Revealing the finalists, founder of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “With the changes to the format of the Awards, 2019 was always going to be an exciting year for us. But looking at the shortlist, I can safely say this is our strongest year yet. We have such a diverse range of businesses in terms of size and industry, and the calibre really is quite incredible.
“I wish each and every single finalist the very best of luck, and look forward to welcoming them to the regional finals.”
Gordon Merrylees, Director of Entrepreneurship at NatWest, said: “NatWest is proud to support the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrating another year of amazing achievements for entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses from every corner of the country. Supporting entrepreneurs is a key priority for NatWest and our dedicated programme of fully funded accelerator hubs, mentoring, insight and bespoke coaching, is specifically designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who want to start, scale and succeed in business. Congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted for an award and I look forward to the competitive regional finals.”