Steve Bennett of The Genuine Gemstone Company is EY’s ‘Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year’

19 June 2013

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Steve Bennett, founder of The Genuine Gemstone Company, was named EY’s Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year at an awards dinner in Sutton Coldfield last night.

The Genuine Gemstone Company is a family-owned British jewellery manufacturer and home shopping retailer, based in Redditch. Steve was also named winner of the Retail and eCommerce category at the ceremony held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.

Steve Bennett, founder of The Genuine Gemstone Company

The judges described Steve Bennett as having ‘a magnificent mind for business’ and someone who ‘runs his business with his head, heart and soul.’ They also praised Steve’s work in improving health and education in gemstone mining communities around the world.

Out of 31 finalists from across the Midlands, nine took home awards from the West Midlands and two from the East Midlands: Peter Smith of Nasmyth Group; Grant Adams of Sertec Group; Adrian Everett of E-Lites; Ashley Brough and Miles Brough of JBMI; Darrell Mansfield of The Mansfield Group; Richard Taffinder of Hills Numberplates; Chris Li of BathEmpire.com; Krissy Charles-Jones of Bright Assessing; David Frankish of NFT Distribution; Chris Tully of Ripplez CIC. and the overall winner, Steve Bennett of The Genuine Gemstone Company.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, sponsored by Credit Suisse, celebrates leading entrepreneurs in the Midlands who have demonstrated the innovation, creativity and tenacity to succeed despite the tough economic environment.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates individuals who, despite the odds, take calculated risks to turn their vision into successful businesses.

Adrian Roberts, Midlands EOY Sponsor Partner, said: “It’s really important to celebrate those entrepreneurs who are succeeding under the current pressures of a difficult economy. The clear theme from this year’s finalists is that these people are using innovative thinking, vision and determination to drive our region forward.

“I have been really impressed with the variety of sectors represented by our Midlands finalists this year – with engineering and technology standing out as the sector for growth in the Midlands. The talent, zest and ambition of these entrepreneurs sets them apart from the rest and I wish all of our Midlands winners well as they go on to compete in the UK final.”