"Celebrating entrepreneurs from all walks of life"
EY is pleased to announce the official launch of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015. This year’s search is now on to find the UK’s best entrepreneurs.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is considered the world's most prestigious business award and is held in more than 145 cities and in more than 60 countries worldwide.
The business leader will run a social enterprise that trades for social and/or environmental purposes.
As with all businesses, the social enterprise competes to deliver goods and services but is distinctive because its social and/or environmental purpose is absolutely central to what it does.
The social enterprise is a viable trading organisation and needs to make a profit to be sustainable. It is not driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. Its profits are reinvested in the business or are invested in the community to sustain and further their mission for positive change.
Importantly, it does not solely rely on income from grants, donations or other charitable sources.
The business leader should have the passion, vision and the drive to succeed. They should be a compelling leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and who isn't afraid to take risks to drive their business forward.
The business leader risks a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options.
The business leader needs to be responsible for their company's success and will have been in post a minimum of two years as of 1 January 2015.
The business leader must be based or have their chief operations in the UK and be incorporated for two years as of 1 January 2015.
“EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is not only a celebration of entrepreneurship, but also builds networks which span the world. It’s not only about winning an award; it’s about growing networks, making contacts and leveraging knowledge. I look forward every year to playing my part in this fantastic EY programme”
Steve Varley Chairman and Managing Partner UK&IEnter the 2015 programme
"A very inspiring night full of inspiring people!"
Benefits of participation
The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards support EY’s overall commitment to Entrepreneurship and are more than just a celebration of your achievements. Entering the awards will help you:
Reflect on your current strategy and set your vision for future growth
Enhance your personal and business profile through increased PR coverage
Network with an influential community of business leaders across a range of sectors and geographies - through our exclusive alumni club
Gain access to key insights, thought leadership and leading events for entrepreneurs
"A great evening. Look forward to keeping in touch with some of the finalists at future events."
7 January - Open for entries
6 March - Close of Entries
Regional finalists announced
Regional Judges' Reception and Masterclass
11 May: Midlands
14 May: Scotland
19 May: North
21 May: London & South
Regional Awards Dinners: UK finalists announced
16 June: Midlands
18 June: London & South
23 June: North
25 June: Scotland
10 September - UK Judges reception and Masterclass
5 October - UK Award ceremony: UK overall winner announced
"Thank you for such an honour. I think I'll be pinching myself for a little while!"