EY launches Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013

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EY is calling for nominations from business leaders who have helped increase growth in tough economic times, turned around struggling businesses or led the way in exports.

The launch of UK Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, now in its 27th year globally, will recognise those who are providing growth and optimism in the economy despite the economic challenges. Last year’s award was won by Lance Uggla of global financial information services company Markit.

The awards are open for entries until 8 March 2013. The finalists will be announced in April, and regional finals will take place in June covering London and South, Midlands, the North and Scotland during June culminating in the final in October.

To enter the competition entrepreneurs must have demonstrated risk through investing a personal financial stake in their business, either directly or through share options. The business must be based, or have its chief operations in the UK and be incorporated for two years.

Steve Varley EY UK & Ireland Chairman and Managing Partner said: “I believe the best way out of the recession and key to the UK’s long term economic strength is business-led growth. Entrepreneurs create many of the UK’s most dynamic and successful companies. We are passionate about helping such high potential businesses grow their operations, both in the UK and overseas. Last year the regional finalists in the programme had combined revenues of £18billion and created jobs for over 60,000 people.”

EY’s UK Overall Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012, Lance Uggla of Markit, said: “The main benefits of the awards programme were definitely the networking, and meeting so many other clever and bright people with similar ambitions.”

Former category winners have included Hilary Devey, star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den and former Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Matthew Riley, of Daisy telecoms, who grilled candidates in last year’s The Apprentice, and Peter Cowgill of JD Sports.