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Great British Entrepreneurs Awards 2014 Announced

Some of this year’s GBEA winners with host Gyles Brandreth

JAMES WATT, founder of BrewDog, has been announced the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year in a gala at Old Billingsgate where a total of 65 entrepreneurs were recognised for the achievements at the ceremony that was hosted by Gyles Brandreth. James Watt was also the winner of the Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year and Retail Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Nish and Sach Kukadia for their company, a “members only” flash sales e-tailer. Simon Mellin won two awards for Rural Entrepreneur of the Year and Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year for successfully launching two start-up high growth businesses, Grass Roots Wholesale and Roaming Roosters, which together made £4m this year and are forecasted to reach £9m in 2015.

The founder of, Shane Lake, also won multiple awards, including Urban Entrepreneur of the Year, Media Disruptor Entrepreneur of the Year was Highly Commended in the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year.

Simon Burton, of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said, “This year we had double the amount of entries for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and every single category was fiercely contested. It is a sign that Britain means business and entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the UK. Last night was about celebrating true entrepreneurs, who are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet. The Awards celebrate the truly inspiring entrepreneurs who are the agents of positive change in our country. Huge congratulations to them all.

NatWest the headline sponsor of the GBEA awarded the NatWest Special Merit Awards to an entrepreneur in each category, who demonstrated true entrepreneurial spirit. Winners of this included 16-year-old Ben Towers, of Towers Design; Sarah Wood of Unruly and  BBOXX’s Christopher Baker-Brian.

In addition, NatWest also provided the overall winner’s prize, a unique mentoring opportunity with a senior NatWest executive, designed to take the business to the next level.

by Caroline Simpson

Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2014 ceremony Takes Place this Month

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards News Post 2013
Last year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards ceremony

SMALL BUSINESSES are the backbone of most communities in the UK and US. Yet, entrepreneurs rarely get the recognition they deserve. Happily, there is a body set out to acknowledge start ups for innovation and creativity.

Launched in 2013, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) has quickly established itself as a benchmark for UK entrepreneurship. In February 2013, Simon Burton (Founder) and Nick James (Founder of Fresh Business Thinking – also a GBEA media partner) created the awards, based on scribbles on a napkin in a coffee shop.

The vision of the GBEA Great British Entrepreneur Award is to change the model of traditional business awards, focusing on the story of a company, rather than balance sheet or financial success, as do most traditional business awards. Instead, GBEA focuses on the entrepreneurial story, so that even entrepreneurs in startup stage can be recognized for their achievements and innovation along with more established entrepreneurs.

“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy. They are the innovators, they are the movers and shakers and they are the job creators. It is for this reason we believe they need to be celebrated for their story not solely on their balance sheet. Our inaugural Awards Ceremony last year was remarkable, with Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane taking the top Award,” says Simon Burton. “We predict 2014 ceremony to be bigger and better, with VIPs from the worlds of business and entrepreneurship gathering to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in the UK.”

Last year, Heather Gorringe, Founder of Great British Florist, and James Caan received awards, as well as precocious business owner, 10-year-old Henry Patterson, all of whom are incredibly accomplished. Last year, the Awards had over 90 finalists, but in the end Julie Deane from Cambridge Satchel Company received the award as the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

This year, the GBEA 2014 takes place on November 20, in Smithfields, London and features entertainment with host Gyles Brandreth and over 130 finalists, including Nish and Sach Kukadia ( founders), Shane Lake (founder of, The British Library, and James Watt (BrewDog). The Awards also attracted major sponsors including NatWest, MINI, Dell, Kaspersky Lab and AXA Business Insurance.

by Jessica Quillin