Event secures partnership with NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark to host first ceremony in Scotland
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards has announced a three-year partnership with NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark which will see the event host its first ceremony in Scotland.
Organisers say they have been able to extend coverage of the awards across the UK thanks to the increased support from NatWest and will now stage the awards in five cities –Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and London – rather than just two.
The awards, which are now in their fifth year, have previously celebrated the likes of 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.
Founder Francesca Russell, believes it’s vital that British entrepreneurs are championed.
She said: “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.”
Malcolm Buchanan, Chair of Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Royal Bank of Scotland and our partners Entrepreneurial Spark have been leading the way in supporting enterprise and entrepreneurialism in Scotland.
“We are delighted to be associated with these awards which celebrate some of Scotland’s key success stories and highlights how important it is to create an environment where Scottish start-ups can thrive.”
Entrepreneurial Spark, which is powered by NatWest, is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses. It now has 12 UK hubs, covering all four nations of the UK, with a London hub opening its doors in August 2017. These hubs have supported businesses that have collectively turned over £176 million and secured £151 million in investment. The entrepreneurs behind these businesses have, to date, created 3,152 jobs across the UK.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are open for applications and will celebrate entrepreneurship across 14 categories including Innovation, High Street, Start-Up and Creative Industries. To enter, click here