With increased support from NatWest, the organisers have been able to extend the coverage of the Entrepreneur Awards across the UK and ceremonies will now be held in five cities - Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London - compared with two in previous years.
Previous winners include David Buttress, Former CEO of Just Eat; Julie Dean, Founder of The Cambridge Satchell Company; James Watt, Founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, Founder and CEO of The Lad Bible.
Creator of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca Russell, believes that it is vital that British entrepreneurs are championed. She explained: "Entrepreneurs inject competition into markets, create jobs and spur innovation. In many cases their businesses change the ways in which we live and work. These awards are different because they celebrate the story behind these people - true entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet.”
Gordon Merrylees, NatWest Head of Entrepreneurship, added: "Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK Economy. There are more businesses in the UK than ever before and it is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. NatWest is thrilled to be supporting these Awards again this year and allowing other UK cities to celebrate their entrepreneurs.”
Now a proven model for accelerating business from start-up to scale-up, Gordon Merrylees sees the bank as having a "duty to help grow this economy and support and develop that vibrant entrepreneurial community."
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards opens for applications now and will celebrate entrepreneurship across 14 categories including Innovation, High Street, Start-Up and Creative Industries. You can enter here.