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"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.

Read about the benefits of entering or click here to register.

Download a pdf version of our entry pack

Entry Criteria


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 - Steve Varley

“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&I

Enter the 2015 programme
"A very inspiring night full of inspiring people!"
Maggie Alphonsi MBE, England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner & Guest of Honour at EOY UK Final, 2014

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

Enter the 2015 programme
"A great evening. Look forward to keeping in touch with some of the finalists at future events."
Guy Mucklow, Postcode Anywhere, Midlands’ regional winner 2014

Key Dates


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!"
Holly Tucker MBE,, Consumer and Product Services - UK Winner 2014