Barclays Entrepreneur Awards

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

2020 winners

  • Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Resi
  • Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year – Speechmatics
  • International Expansion of the Year – Demica Ltd
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Biosure (UK) Ltd
  • Icon of the Year – Sharmadean Reid MBE
  • Rise FinTech Company of the Year – Simudyne
  • Eagle Labs Innovation Award – KYMIRA
  • Barclaycard Next Level Award – Fashion Crossover London
  • People's Choice Award – Bella & Duke
  • Outstanding Contribution to UK Entrepreneurship – Hermann Hauser

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 fifth 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 June to October, with winners being selected from eight regions across the UK for these five main categories

  • Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year – for new businesses that are 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
  • Barclaycard Next Level Award – for entrepreneurs and businesses that have overcome a significant challenge or grabbed their big business growth moment

The regional winners will be invited to attend the National Awards Dinner in London in October, 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.