London, Thursday 3 June 2021: Today EY has announced the regional finalists for its Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme. More than 100 entrepreneurs have been selected from a range of different sectors, including technology, consumer and health sciences, highlighting the strength of entrepreneurship across the UK.
The programme celebrates ‘unstoppable entrepreneurs’ from across the country. This year’s 126 regional finalists represent some of the UK’s most inspiring business leaders, who are making a positive impact on the economy. In the face of the continued challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the finalists have also displayed remarkable resilience and innovative spirit.
Lynn Rattigan, EY’s Chief Operating Officer for the UK & Ireland and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner Sponsor, said: “This year’s finalists are truly inspirational. At a time when many businesses have had to rapidly respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, these entrepreneurs have shown they can innovate and adapt while also creating long term value for their clients and broader stakeholders. I’m delighted to welcome this year’s regional finalists to our entrepreneurial community and look forward to seeing their continued success.”
Victoria Price, UK EY Private Tax Leader and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner Lead, said: “We know that entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the UK’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, delivering the innovation and growth we need. The regional finalists are proof that many entrepreneurs have been unstoppable in the face of adversity over the past year continuing to display their incredible ambition to make a difference and solve some of business and society’s biggest challenges. Never before has it been so important to recognise and celebrate their achievements.”
David Durlacher, CEO, Julius Baer International Limited, the Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Headline Sponsor said: “Meeting the applicants for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme over the last few weeks has been truly inspiring – the strength of entrepreneurism across the UK is simply outstanding, particularly given the difficulties faced over the last 18 months from the pandemic. A huge congratulations to those who have made it through to be finalists – no easy feat amongst such tough competition.”
Four regional judging panels will convene virtually in June to select the regional winners. These entrepreneurs will then progress to represent their region at UK judging in October and the announcement of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK overall winner in November. The overall UK winner will then go on to represent the UK at the ‘EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in 2022, which recognises inspiring entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries.
The full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 regional finalists by region is available here: https://www.ey.com/en_uk/entrepreneur-of-the-year/regional-finalists
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year’s headline sponsor is leading Swiss wealth management group Julius Baer.