Edinburgh tech entrepreneur Leah Hutcheon has been crowned Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year in the RBS awards
Leah Hutcheon, CEO and founder of Edinburgh-based tech firm Appointedd, has been crowned Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the Scotland and Northern Ireland round of the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The award was presented to Hutcheon, who was also named runner-up in the Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year category, at the Gogarburn Conference Centre in Edinburgh.
Hutcheon said: “This award comes at a really exciting time for Appointedd as we continue to grow and evolve from start up to scale up. Although we are a small business, we work with companies and organisations all over the world. Thank you to the amazing team Appointedd for their continued drive and ambition at a time that is truly transformational for tech.”
The award follows a successful 12 months for Appointedd, which won International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards in November 2016, was ranked in the Top 5 for software in the 2017 IP League Table and was a finalist in this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Now in their fifth year, the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards are designed to recognise the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs, rather than just their financial success.
The awards ceremony celebrated businesses from Scotland and Northern Ireland across 10 categories, from Family Business of the Year to Small Business of the Year.
The number of businesses which entered the awards tripled this year, with more than 1,000 entries received across five regions. Judges included Scottish entrepreneur and innovator Russell Dalgleish, and serial entrepreneur James Caan CBE.
Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “We are incredibly proud to support these important awards. It has been so inspiring to see the number and calibre of entries this year, which proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“I want to extend my huge congratulations to all the winners of this year’s categories and hope that their businesses continue to grow in the future.”
Founder of the Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “The winning entries this year have made a huge impact on entrepreneurship in their region and the wider UK economy, and we’ve had a really tough job narrowing them down from such an incredible shortlist.
“Not only have we had more entries than ever before, but the standard of entries has been outstanding, and we hope that winning an award will help give these entrepreneurs the recognition they thoroughly deserve.
“We’d like to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and send huge congratulations to those who have taken home awards. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings for you.”
The Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at five gala finals across the UK, including in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and London.