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Barclays Entrepreneur Awards

We’re celebrating entrepreneurs for their exceptional innovation, and for creating social change and growth that moves the UK forward.

2018 national recipients

Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Dr Chris Torrance, PhoreMost Ltd

Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Saurav Chopra and Chieu Cao, Perkbox Ltd

Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Angus Drummond, Limitless Travel Ltd

International Expansion of the Year – Daniel Rees, Ruroc Ltd

Icon of the Year – David Cleevely, Cleevely & Partners Ltd

Eagle Labs Innovation Award – Nigel Saunders, Sure Chill

Rise FinTech Award – Peter Janes, ShieldPay

Barclays Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Entrepreneurship – Jenny Tooth OBE, UKBAA

Barclays Colleague’s Choice Award – Gordon Sanghera, Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

Read about our past winners.

About the awards

Our awards highlight and recognise entrepreneurs from the UK who are changing their industries, the economy and society in unique, original and positive ways.

We thrive on championing business ideas and our awards – now in their third year – provide the perfect platform to celebrate some of the UK’s most successful home-grown ventures.

Benefits of being involved
  • Increase your network – get access to a community of business leaders, experts and other like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Be inspired – hear first-hand how others are leading the way, and learn from their stories
  • Get recognition – for you and your business for game-changing contributions to business, industry or society
  • Boost your profile – create buzz for your business on a national scale

How it works

The programme runs from April to October, with winners selected from seven regions across the UK for these five main categories

  • Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – for new businesses challenging the status quo
  • Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year – for established entrepreneurs who’ve experienced rapid growth
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year – for entrepreneurs delivering transformative, social or environmental change
  • Icon of the Year – for prominent entrepreneurs leading the way for existing and future entrepreneurs
  • International Expansion of the Year – for high-growth businesses growing beyond the UK at pace

Partnership awards

  • Eagle Labs Innovation Award – for lab residents making an impact through digital innovation
  • Rise FinTech Award – for businesses building the future of financial services

Each year the regional winners will be invited to attend the National Awards Dinner in London, where the national winner of each category will be announced.

The nominations are open to everyone – you can nominate yourself or other entrepreneurs you know who deserve to be recognised.

Winner updates

Follow our award updates on Twitter to find out who won what.

Hall of Fame

Take a look at everyone who’s been presented with one of our National Entrepreneur Awards.