Programme information and key dates

Entrepreneurs shape our lives. They stimulate innovation, create jobs, without limitations. They build nations by fueling economic growth and prosperity.


  • The business must be based, or have its chief operations, in the UK, and have been incorporated for two years as of 1 January 2024.
  • The business leader is responsible for the company's success and has been in post a minimum of two years as of 1 January 2024.
  • The business leader has a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options.

No individual who is either an employee of or holds a senior management position with a current or prospective audit client or audit client affiliate (or an entity for which we're required to be independent from) can participate in Entrepreneur Of The Year UK, even if nominated by a third party or self-nominated. If, at any point, we identify that an individual is employed by or has an appointment with an entity we are required to be independent from, we reserve the right to remove that individual from the programme.

Key Dates 

  • Nominations deadline: Friday, 8 March 2024
  • Regional finalists announcement: April 2024
  • UK Finalists announced: September 2024
  • UK judging days: October 2024
  • UK celebration dinner and awards: November 2024

Judging criteria

Entrepreneurial Spirit​

  • Identifies opportunities to innovate and create a better world.​
  • Takes risks to realise their vision.​
  • Demonstrates courage, perseverance and resilience to overcome significant obstacles.​


  • Commits themselves and their organisation to an inspiring purpose and vision.​
  • ​​​​​​Drives strategies for a sustainable future business.​
  • Creates and protects value in the long-term, across a broad group of stakeholders and ecosystems (e.g. consumers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, investors and shareholders).


  • Increases market share and expands into new markets.​
  • Drives positive financial performance.​
  • Invests in attracting, developing and retaining a diverse mix of talent.​
  • Builds a culture of innovation that pioneers new approaches or technologies.​


  • Positively impacts the customers they serve.​
  • Integrates sustainable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices in their strategy, with robust commitments and execution plans.​
  • Focuses on diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions.