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Celebrating entrepreneurs with the energy, vision and passion to reshape the world

Now in its 30th year globally and 18th in the UK, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs who can see the future, and through their entrepreneurial businesses, are helping to reshape it.

Running in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide, the programme honours those men and women who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Those who have the vision to see how things could work better, and then make them happen in the real world.

The search for the UK's most innovative entrepreneurs to be named among the next generation of legacy builders has begun. Entries are now closed and regional winners will be announced in June. Please follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the 2016 programme.

Watch this short video to hear some of our Entrepreneur Of The Year UK alumni share their experience of being part of the programme.

What is the Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme?

The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme was created by EY to recognise the accomplishments of entrepreneurs around the globe. It builds on EY's more than 29 years of success in running Entrepreneur Of The Year programmes in more than 60 countries around the world. Each year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year country winners join together in Monaco to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame and vie for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year title.

Regional winners

See the companies led by entrepreneurial business leaders that have been selected as this year’s regional winners

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Programme benefits

At EY, we recognise that entrepreneurs like you, are always striving to find new and disruptive ways to accelerate growth and build a better working world for the communities in which you operate. By entering Entrepreneur Of The Year, we can help you on this journey by connecting you with peers around the world, bringing you relevant insights to help you navigate the road ahead and giving you a platform to raise the profile of your company and to publicly recognise the teams that support you.

Make exceptional connections

  • Programme events offer regular opportunities to network with fellow entrepreneurs, business leaders and business advisors
  • EY's network of advisors around the world can help connect you with business contacts at a local, national and global level

Learn from others

  • Benefit from EY's insight into the key drivers of business growth which we have identified from working with exceptional entrepreneurs around the world
  • Share creative thinking with peers on how to tackle some of the key challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs

Benefit from independent endorsement and coverage

  • Have the achievements of you and your teams publicly recognised by an independent panel of some of the UK's most inspiring and influential business leaders
  • Raise your personal and business profile with investors, prospective clients and business mentors, and generate media coverage

Resources

Learn more about entrepreneurship in the UK and what happens at World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Download the latest reports on market trends to ensure you stay ahead

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Who’s eligible to enter Entrepreneur Of The Year?

Corporate

  • The business must be based or have its chief operations in the UK and have been incorporated for two years as of 1 January 2016.
  • The business leader has a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options.
  • The business leader is responsible for the company’s success and has been in post a minimum of two years as of 1 January 2016.
  • The business leader has passion, vision and the drive to succeed. They are a compelling leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and who isn’t afraid to take risks to drive the business forward.

Social Enterprise

  • The business leader will run a social enterprise that trades for social and/or environmental purposes.
  • 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.
  • It does not solely rely on income from grants, donations or other charitable sources.

Judges

Find out more about the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 UK judging panel.

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Legacy builders

Meet the legacy builders who are still influencing us today

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World Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Alumni

Our latest winners from #EOYUK2015

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Our team

Stuart Watson

Stuart Watson

Entrepreneur Of The Year UK
Partner Sponsor

Cuneo Paola

Cuneo Paola

Entrepreneur Of The Year UK
Programme Director

Gaynor Appleyard

Gaynor Appleyard

Entrepreneur Of The Year UK
Programme Manager

Partner Sponsors

Annie Graham

Annie Graham

Scotland
Partner Sponsor

Victoria Price

Victoria Price

North region
Partner Sponsor

Andrew Spence

Andrew Spence

Midlands region
Partner Sponsor

Dave Hales

Dave Hales

London & South region
Partner Sponsor

Joanna Santinon

Joanna Santinon

London & South region
Partner Sponsor

Programme Managers

Karen McNeil

Karen McNeil

Scotland
Programme Manager

0141 226 9150

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Jo Berry

Jo Berry

North region
Programme Manager

0113 298 2562

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Elizabeth Straver

Elizabeth Straver

Midlands region
Programme Manager

0161 333 2643

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Courtney Shields

Courtney Shields

London & South region
Programme Manager

0207 951 7772

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