The finalists for the 2019 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards have been announced.
Celebrating the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover, 2019 is the seventh year of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Previous winners include Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co., James Watt of BrewDog, Alan and Juliet Barrett of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer.
Across all eight regions there are a total of 630 finalists competing across 13 categories, including Creatives Industries, Scale-Up, Young and Disruptor, in the running to become this year’s Great British Entrepreneur of the Year.
After seven weeks of travelling the length and breadth of the UK and welcoming nearly 1500 people to their events, GBEA has now announced all 95 regional winners of the NatWest Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur Awards in 2019. These 95 winners now make the shortlist for the National Final, which takes place in London on 21 November. See the full list here
As excitement starts to build for the national finals on during GEW, we’re taking the time to round up the amazing winners of the regional finals, who will compete for the main title in London next week.
London and the South-East
Nick Coleman,the founder of Snaffling Pig, a unique range of pork-flavoured snacks, has been crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for London & the South East region.
Nick launched Snaffling Pig in 2015 for a bet, after his business partner said he could turn his passion for flavoured pork crackling into a flourishing brand. Along with its range of pork scratchings and crackling, Snaffling Pig also produces nuts, sauces and alcohol.
Muscle Moose, a unique range of protein-fortified snacks and drinks, has been crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for North West region.
Claire Harper launched Harper Innovations in 2010 as the UK distributor of Smartshake before buying Muscle Moose in 2016 and quickly turning it into one of the most recognisable and fastest-growing brands in the protein market.
Josh Wintersgill, the founder of Able Move, has been crowned the first South West Great British Entrepreneur of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Josh, who also picked up the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months old and has been confined to an electric wheelchair since the age of 10. He launched Able Move in 2018 to enable disabled people to board aeroplanes with dignity.
He won the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK and secured a brand license with easyGroup, rebranding the product to the easyTravelseat.
Sara Davies MBE, the founder of Crafter’s Companion, has been named the first Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the North East region at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The entrepreneur, who joined the panel of BBC’s Dragons’ Den for its latest series, launched Crafter’s Companion 14 years ago as a paper craft, soft craft and art retailer. In that time, Sara has grown the business to a team of nearly 200 and sells to over 40 countries around the world.
David Banner MBE and Richard Pring, have been crowned Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year for Wales at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The pair launched Wales Interactive in 2012 and develops video games across Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo platforms with a particular interest in virtual reality. In its seven years, Wales Interactive has picked up several industry awards as well as several Welsh BAFTAs.
The founder of Bambino Mio, one of the world’s leading reusable nappy brands, has been crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midlands region.
Guy Schanschieff started Bambino Mio in 1997 with his wife Jo after they met an American in India in 1991 and began talking about plastic pollution and the need for more reusable products.
It rounded off an excellent night for Guy, who also picked up the Entrepreneur for Good Award earlier in the night. An award-winning range of products, Bambino Mio’s can be found in supermarkets, pharmacies, nursery outlets and online retailers in more than 50 countries around the world.
The founder of Hey Girls, the range of sanitary products and campaign to tackle period poverty, has been crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the Scotland region.
Celia Hodson started Hey Girls in 2018 with her daughters Kate and Becky with one simple mission; to ensure no girls in the UK go without sanitary products due to poverty. Earlier in the night Celia also came runner-up in Entrepreneur for Good category at the regional final, which took place in Glasgow for the first time.
Hey Girls sells its own range of sustainable sanitary products using the ‘buy one give one’ concept which donates a pack every time one is bought, but Celia also spends a large portion of her time campaigning and raising awareness of the issues that many girls face when they’re unable to afford sanitary products.
Dave Linton, the founder of social enterprise Madlug, has been crowned the first Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur of the Year for the Northern Ireland region.
Madlug is a brand of backpacks and luggage that uses the ‘buy one give one’ concept to help give dignity to children in care. Dave launched the company in 2015 after he learned that most of the UK’s 90,000 children in care carry their lives in bin bags.
The Ulster Bank Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur Awards, which held a regional final in Northern Ireland for the first time in 2019, celebrates the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs, rather than the business’ balance sheet.