Meet the winners

The Entrepreneur Of The Year winners are judged on their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, national and global impact, personal integrity and purpose-driven leadership, strategic direction and value creation.

 2020

Ben Francis

Ben Francis
Founder & Chief Brand Officer
Gymshark
UK overall winner 2020

Darina Garland and Kristian Tapaninaho

Darina Garland and Kristian Tapaninaho
Chief Experience Officer & CEO
Co-founders
Ooni Pizza Ovens
One To Watch 

Sherry Coutu CBE
Founder of Founders4Schools and Digital Boost
EY Lifetime Achievement award

 2019

  • UK

    Name and company Category 
    Steve Jackson OBE DL, Recycling Lives Societal Impact and Overall Winner
    Martin Frost, CMR Surgical
    Disruptor
    Norris Koppel, Monese
    Rising Star
    Poonam Gupta OBE, PG Paper
    Scale Up
    Imran Hakim, Hakim Group
    Scale Up
    Stuart Paver, Pavers
    Sustained Excellence
    Jean-Christophe Granier, J&D Wilkie
    Transformational Leader
    Dame Stephanie Shirley CH
    EY Lifetime Achievement Award
    Sarah Dunning and Jane Lane
    The Westmorland Family
    EY Family Business Award of ExcellenceTM
  • London & South East

    Name and company  Category                                                             
    Norris Koppel, Monese
    Rising Star
    Tugce Bulut, Streetbees
    Rising Star
    Martin Frost, CMR Surgical
    Disruptor
    Gurman Hundal, MiQ
    Sustained Excellence
    Dr Emer MacSweeney, Re:Cognition Health
    Societal Impact
    Ali Shah, TravelUp Group
    Scale Up
    Alastair Stewart, etc venues ltd
    Transformational Leader
  • Midlands & South West

    Name and company Category                                                               
    Alan Barratt, Grenade®
    Disruptor
    Juliet Barratt, Grenade®

    Disruptor
    Ian Lonergan, Charter Court Financial Services
    Sustained Excellence
    Terry Monkton, Simworx
    Scale Up
    Richard Taffinder, Hills Numberplates
    Transformational Leader
    Sean Taylor, Zip World
    Rising Star
    Doug Wright DL, Wright Restaurants
    Societal Impact
  • North

    Name and company  Category                                                               
    Imran Hakim, Hakim Group
    Scale Up
    David Brennan, Nexus Vehicle Management
    Disruptor
    Fokhrul Islam, Northern Gas and Power
    Rising Star
    Steve Jackson OBE DL, Recycling Lives
    Societal Impact
    Jonathan Lill, BBF
    Transformational Leader
    Stuart Paver, Pavers
    Sustained Excellence
  • Scotland

    Name and company  Category                                                               
    Poonam Gupta OBE, PG Paper
    Scale Up
    Anderson Bakewell, Isle of Harris Distillers
    Societal Impact
    Andrew Bissell, Sunamp
    Disruptor
    Sandy Adam, Springfield Properties
    Sustained Excellence
    Craig Anderson, The Scottish Salmon Company
    Transformational Leader
    Stuart Paver, Pavers
    Sustained Excellence
    Simon Erlanger, Isle of Harris Distillers
    Societal Impact
    Jean-Christophe Granier, J&D Wilkie
    Transformational Leader
    Ron MacEachran, Isle of Harris Distillers
    Societal Impact