Lloyd Dorfman of Travelex named EY’s London & South Entrepreneur Of The Year

28 June 2013

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Lloyd Dorfman of Travelex was last night named as Ernst & Young’s London and South Overall Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013.

The panel of independent judges praised Dorfman for having built the company from a small shop to become a global world-leading business in its field. Today Travelex is the world’s largest provider of retail foreign exchange services through 1,400 retail locations, 1,200 ATMs and on-line sites. It does business in over 50 countries and employs over 6,500 staff. 

Julie Carlyle, Entrepreneur Of The Year Partner for London and The South said: “Lloyd’s story is inspirational. He has proved himself a risk taker who has managed to navigate and transform a sector which appeared impenetrable to others. He is a true entrepreneur whose amazing energy, innovation and enthusiasm has redefined the market for currency exchange.”

Dorfman now joins 12 other finalists from the evening, who will compete, along with the winners of other regional heats held previously in Scotland, the North and Midlands, to become Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year at awards which will be held in October.

Other winners

  • Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow, of Fever Tree which produces high quality range of all natural mixer drinks: “They epitomise entrepreneurial spirit through research, fanatical devotion to quality and sublime execution.”
  • Mark Howling, of Pulsant provides data centre and cloud computing services to over 3,000 mid-market private and public sector organisations. He was described as “having come up with a proposition for IT infrastructure – which is not only a strikingly simple proposition, it is also strikingly successful.”
  • Alex Chesterman, Zoopla Property Group, owns and operates some of the UK’s leading online property brands including Zoopla.co.uk and PrimeLocation.com. “His revolutionary website has only been going for five years but already it is pulling in 30million visitors every month.”
  • Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter – a not for profit, industry based company that offers fashion and textile apprenticeships, manufacturing 5000 garments a week and providing mentoring to designers. Described as “giving young unemployed people a chance to get on in life”, Jenny was responsible for producing the bulk of the garments needed for the Olympic Games.
  • Rebecca Clarke, Astley Clarke - a British luxury fine jewellery brand with eCommerce at its heart.
  • Jose Neves, Farfetch, a revolutionary online platform that unites the world’s best independent fashion boutiques.
  • Joe Murray and Richard Tucker, Worldstores, the UK’s fastest growing home and garden retailer offering over 400,000 products for the home.
  • Andrew Lynch of SPP, which is the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations around the world. “He now dominates his sector, operating outlets in 400 airports and rail stations in 30 countries.”
  • Bryan Glastonbury, of INTEGRAL is the UK’s technical service experts, delivering bespoke solutions for 24/7 planned and reactive critical site building maintenance. He “dramatically raised service standards and turned a loss making business around to achieve sustainable long term growth.”
  • Ross Williams, of Global Personals is head of one of the largest, privately owned online dating, gaming and social discovery companies worldwide. “Their revenues have leapt from £3million in 2007 to 30million in 2012.”
  • Robin Grant and Nathan McDonald, of We are Social are described as “winning trust, winning clients and winning business.”
  • Bill Collis, of The Foundry, which develops award-winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) software used globally by leading artists and designers. “Practically every major feature film you see today has used their software at some point. They were described as a “global business in the making.”