Applications open for NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Call for 2017 entries in Edinburgh and four other cities

Applications are now open for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The event, which is now in its fifth year, is calling for entries across 11 different categories from each of its host cities in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.
This year sees the introduction of a ‘Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year’ category.

Awards Founder Francesca Russell said: “Family businesses are often considered incompatible with entrepreneurship because they are usually tradition-bound and multi- generational. However, for family firms to continually prosper, they need to ensure that they pass on the entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities to create new streams of wealth across future generations.
“Succession planning is also a big issue in business and, if handled well, can make a massive difference to the future viability of a company. Passing on the business baton to the younger generation is a challenge and we want to celebrate those who have successfully managed that transition.”
This year, the awards have attracted a number of high profile judges including James Caan CBE; Gocompare.com Founder Hayley Parsons; TONI&GUY Co-Founder Tony Mascolo, and Jeff Lynn, Co-Founder of Seedrs.
The event has also expanded its reach from two to five cities secured sponsorship from a number of leading brands. NatWest is the headline sponsor for the Awards and MINI has recently renewed its support for 2017, as well as sponsoring the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year’ award.
Russell added: “2017 is an exciting year for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. As well as increasing the number of regions that we can cover, we have attracted the best of the best in terms of a judging panel and sponsors. We are excited about the next phase and hearing the great entrepreneurial stories out there, waiting to be celebrated.”
Previous winners include David Buttress, former CEO of Just Eat; Julie Deane, Founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company; James Watt, Founder of BrewDog, and Alexander Solomou, Founder and CEO of TheLADBible Group.
The deadline for this year’s entries is 18 August 2017. Click here to apply