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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 UK finalists

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Scotland winners

Overall winner

EY - Lord William Haughey, OBE

Lord William Haughey, OBE
Chairman, City Facilities Management

A global group, City Facilities Management provides multi-site facilities management services using advanced technology and a multi-skilled workforce to deliver diversified services. These include maintenance and engineering, technical procurement and support, cleaning and ancillary services across retail, residential and commercial markets. Beginning in 1985 as City Refrigeration, Lord Haughey decided to take on a contract with Asda and expand the business, which has blossomed over the years from £150k annually to now over £150m.

Disruptor category winner

EY - Dr David Venables

Dr David Venables
CEO, Synpromics

Synpromics is a leader in gene control, improving human health by enabling safer, more effective cell and gene medicines through proprietary genomics, bioinformatics and intelligent data-driven design. PromPT®, its multi-dimensional bioinformatics database, enables product-specific promoter design and selection which empowers the next generation of cell and gene-based medicines and bioprocessing applications.

Personal motto: “Chance favours the prepared mind” Louis Pasteur

Rising Star category winner

EY - John Reynolds, OBE

John Reynolds, OBE
CEO, Castle Water

Castle Water is the UK’s largest independent water retailer, supplying water services to more than one in five of all business premises in England and Scotland. Since its inception, John has focused the company on a clear set of values, building their ethos around problem-solving, looking for the best solution for customers, and not just accepting historic practice.

Personal motto: “The expedient decision is always the honourable one”

Scale Up category winner

EY - Dr Rabinder Buttar

Dr Rabinder Buttar
Chairman, CEO and Founder, Clintec International

Clintec International, founded by Dr Buttar in 1997, provides clinical research services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. It counts seven out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies as its clients, and delivers services in over 50 countries. Under Dr Buttar’s guidance, Clintec was the first clinical research organisation to pioneer unique untapped emerging markets, demonstrating her innovative leadership.

Personal motto: “Reach to the stars but keep your feet firmly on the ground”

Sustained Excellence category winner

EY - Lord William Haughey, OBE

Lord William Haughey, OBE
Chairman, City Facilities Management

A global group, City Facilities Management provides multi-site facilities management services using advanced technology and a multi-skilled workforce to deliver diversified services. These include maintenance and engineering, technical procurement and support, cleaning and ancillary services across retail, residential and commercial markets. Beginning in 1985 as City Refrigeration, Lord Haughey decided to take on a contract with Asda and expand the business, which has blossomed over the years from £150k annually to now over £150m.

Transformational Leader category winner

EY - Charles Hammond

Charles Hammond
CEO, Forth Ports

Forth Ports owns and operates eight commercial ports, primarily on Scotland’s Forth Estuary. Charles has been at the company’s helm for some 17 years, and was one of the city’s youngest CEOs when he was appointed in 2001. Under his entrepreneurial leadership, and through resilience and anticipation of trends, Forth Ports has grown to become one of Scotland’s largest companies, estimated to be worth £2.5b.

Personal motto: “Stay calm”

Building a better working world winner

EY - Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart
CEO, Chris Stewart Group

Chris Stewart Group (CSG) invests, develops and operates in the real estate sector, embracing opportunities with a passion for innovation and a keen understanding of market and location. Founded by Chris more than 20 years ago, the company’s credentials were firmly established in the early 2000s when a number of deals helped spark the regeneration of Edinburgh city centre’s east end. The company’s strength and reputation has grown since, along with its portfolio of assets. This has been reflected in the growth of the head office team from five to 18, including an in-house architect, interior design team, project and construction management, development and corporate finance and asset management teams.

Personal motto: “Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices”

Midlands winners

Overall winner

EY - Clint Wilson

Clint Wilson
CEO, ParentPay

ParentPay is the UK market leader for cashless payments in schools. Its software as a service (SaaS) platform provides online payment and parental engagement services to 12,500 schools and five million parents. In 2018 it will help schools collect over £1bn and is driving a digital cashless revolution as schools’ trusted partner in the fast-changing world of education. Clint is an experienced fintech entrepreneur with a rich background in software and payments. An energetic leader, he inspires teams with the confidence to deliver outstanding results.

Personal motto: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill

Disruptor category winner

EY - Graham Best

Graham Best
CEO, ReBOUND Returns

Primarily targeting fashion retailers selling internationally, ReBOUND supports the end-to-end return journey for cross-border and domestic returns through a seamless fully-tracked process. Its online returns management platform offers retailers and shoppers the greatest choice and convenience, removing the perceived barrier of returns and allowing retailers to sell more internationally. ReBOUND has built a reputation in the market for quality of delivery, deep domain expertise and total commitment to its customers. It has taken on some of the industry giants and transitioned them from potential competitors into business development partners.

Personal motto: “If everyone else is playing football, go and play tennis!”

Rising Star (2-7 years) category winner

EY - James Macfarlane

James Macfarlane
CEO, PM Connect

PM Connect is an international mobile payments and content provider that allows customers to add mobile payments to their phone bill instead of having to use more laborious traditional payment mechanisms, such as credit card. James started PM Connect in 2011 with another majority shareholder. As CEO of one of largest companies in the UK in this space, he is shaping how the industry evolves and creating scalable marketing techniques, new business development and exciting interactive products.

Scale Up category winner

EY - Clint Wilson

Clint Wilson
CEO, ParentPay

ParentPay is the UK market leader for cashless payments in schools. Its software as a service (SaaS) platform provides online payment and parental engagement services to 12,500 schools and five million parents. In 2018 it will help schools collect over £1bn and is driving a digital cashless revolution as schools’ trusted partner in the fast-changing world of education. Clint is an experienced fintech entrepreneur with a rich background in software and payments. An energetic leader, he inspires teams with the confidence to deliver outstanding results.

Personal motto: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill

Sustained Excellence category winner

EY - Dr Richard Newland

Dr Richard Newland
CEO, CHS Healthcare

CHS Healthcare has been working in partnership with the NHS for over 20 years, providing specialist support schemes across the UK. This includes case management; support in continuing healthcare (CHC) and funded nursing care assessment and management; and CHC patient information management and reporting. CHS is the UK’s largest independent care broker, and their hospital discharge schemes are proven to significantly reduce delayed transfers of care.

Personal motto: “Focus on doing what you are doing well, rather than worry about what the competitors are doing”

Transformational Leader category winner

EY - Mark Franckel

Mark Franckel
Group CEO, Arlington Industries Group

Arlington Industries Group is a UK-headquartered company that integrates supply chains across aerospace and automotive markets to deliver greater efficiency to global original equipment manufacturers. It does this by acquiring various businesses to enhance their supply chain offer and bring diverse talents together. With a diverse workforce of over 1,000 employees across nine sites in the UK, one in France and operations in Germany, Turkey, India and China, it continues to shape the future of mobility.

Personal motto: “Embrace diversity and integration”

Building a better working world winners

EY - Carol and Kevin Shanahan

Carol and Kevin Shanahan
Managing Director and Chairman, Synectics Solutions

Synectics Solutions has been providing software as a service to a range of business sectors in the UK and internationally for over 20 years. The solutions it builds helps clients harness the power of their data so they can make better, faster decisions and become more successful. Husband and wife Kevin and Carol founded Synectics Solutions based on a vision to create a truly innovation-led data management company – and they have been at the forefront of pioneering data science ever since.

North winners

Overall winners

EY - Mohsin and Zuber Issa

Mohsin and Zuber Issa
Co-CEOs, EG Group

Founded in 2001, EG Group is now a leading independent forecourt operator. The company operates across eight markets (UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany and the US) and employs over 20,000 colleagues. The business has strategic partnerships with leading retail brands such as ESSO, BP, Shell, Starbucks, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Greggs, SPAR, Louis Delhaize, Carrefour and Cactus. Brothers Mohsin and Zuber have transformed the forecourt consumer experience by the introduction of leading retail brands which offer a premium fuel, convenience store and food-to-go retail proposition.

Personal motto: “Don't count time, make time count!”

Disruptor category winner

EY - David Bellis, MBE

David Bellis, MBE
Chairman, Innovative Technology

Innovative Technology has been manufacturing state-of-the-art equipment to automate transactions for over 25 years and is a market leading supplier to the international gaming, amusement, vending, retail and kiosk industries. Founded by David in 1992, it was the first company to manufacture low-cost multi-currency validators, when it introduced the NV1 Smiley® to the market, making banknote validators affordable to the AWP market. Two decades on, the company’s philosophy to provide state of the art, technologically advanced products still remains at the heart of its ethos. Innovative Technology now has worldwide offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and trading partners in more than 20 countries.

Personal motto: “Satisfy needs not wants”.

Rising Star (2-7 years) category winners

EY - Dominic McGregor and Steven Bartlett

Dominic McGregor and Steven Bartlett
COO and CEO, Social Chain

Co-founded by Steve and Dominic in 2014 while the two were still students, Social Chain has grown from humble origins to become an award-winning social-first marketing agency and social media publishing house. The Manchester-based company now has offices in London, Berlin and New York, and owns over 400 digital communities, including leading channels such as ‘Student Problems’, ‘Sporf’’, and ‘Love Food’, who are able to reach over 386 million millennials and gen Zs across social platforms.

Personal motto: “First, fearless, ever changing”.

Scale Up category winner

EY - Jonathan Seaton

Jonathan Seaton
CEO, Twinkl Education Publishing

Twinkl is a specialist digital educational publisher, providing primary and secondary educators with the largest collection of high quality digital teaching materials in the world. Jonathan is a qualified lawyer and Notary Public (England and Wales), whose success is underpinned by a powerful intent to do things differently. From the very beginning, he had a vision for Twinkl that would make it shine in its own distinct way. His decision to pioneer Twinkl as an entirely digital publishing company, illustrates this perfectly.

Personal motto: “Why wasn’t it done yesterday?”

Sustained Excellence category winners

EY - Mohsin and Zuber Issa

Mohsin and Zuber Issa
Co-CEOs, EG Group

Founded in 2001, EG Group is now a leading independent forecourt operator. The company operates across eight markets (UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany and the US) and employs over 20,000 colleagues. The business has strategic partnerships with leading retail brands such as ESSO, BP, Shell, Starbucks, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Greggs, SPAR, Louis Delhaize, Carrefour and Cactus. Brothers Mohsin and Zuber have transformed the forecourt consumer experience by the introduction of leading retail brands which offer a premium fuel, convenience store and food-to-go retail proposition.

Personal motto: “Don't count time, make time count!”

Transformational Leader category winner

EY - Jacqui Hall

Jacqui Hall
Managing Director, Contract Natural Gas

Contract Natural Gas (CNG) is the UK’s leading independent provider of natural gas for business, and one of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies in the UK. In the last few years, turnover has more than tripled as demand for its products has steadily increased. CNG is also carving a name for itself as the shipper of choice for many other suppliers, proud to be playing a role in the increased competition within the industry. Clients include SMEs through to large corporate and multi-site businesses.

Personal motto: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

Building a better working world winners

EY - Mohsin and Zuber Issa

Mohsin and Zuber Issa
Co-CEOs, EG Group

Founded in 2001, EG Group is now a leading independent forecourt operator. The company operates across eight markets (UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany and the US) and employs over 20,000 colleagues. The business has strategic partnerships with leading retail brands such as ESSO, BP, Shell, Starbucks, Subway, KFC, Burger King, Greggs, SPAR, Louis Delhaize, Carrefour and Cactus. Brothers Mohsin and Zuber have transformed the forecourt consumer experience by the introduction of leading retail brands which offer a premium fuel, convenience store and food-to-go retail proposition.

Personal motto: “Don't count time, make time count!”

London & South winners

Overall winner

EY - Jesse Lozano

Jesse Lozano
Co-founder and CEO, pi-top

pi-top is an award-winning ecosystem designed to make experimenting, coding and building electronics simple, affordable and fun. It brings the power of physical computing to education, providing transformative learning experiences with a unique DIY laptop and range of maker-centred modular accessories. pi-top empowers students to become collaborative, critical and creative thinkers by giving schools and teachers a full service solution encompassing hardware, software, STEM content, support and teacher training. From Jesse’s living room, in under three years pi-top has grown into a near 60-person company, with offices on three continents and annual revenues of $8m, selling over 100,000 devices and impacting the education of over 500,000 learners.

Personal motto: “Just keep going”

Disruptor category winners

EY - Amit Gudka and Hayden Wood

Amit Gudka and Hayden Wood
COO and CEO, Bulb

Bulb is a technology-led energy supplier providing 100% renewable electricity and 10% green gas to over 300,000 members in the UK. After they saw how inefficient and confusing things were for customers of traditional energy companies, friends Amit and Hayden founded the company to make energy simpler, cheaper and greener for everyone. It is now the number one rated energy supplier in Britain on Trustpilot, and the only energy supplier in Britain to be a certified B Corp. Certified B Corps are companies which use the power of business to solve social and environmental challenges and make the world a better place. This is something Amit and Hayden are passionate about: having a social and environmental responsibility over and above making a profit.

 
EY - Bernhard Niesner

Bernhard Niesner
CEO and Co-founder, busuu

busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning, with over 80 million users and up to 30,000 new daily sign-ups. It provides high-quality language courses in 12 languages, combined with direct interaction with native speakers of their global community. Bernhard's vision for busuu is to 'break down language barriers', and the company is on its way to empower hundreds of millions of people to successfully learn a foreign language and improve their lives.

Personal motto: “Do what you love - love what you do!”

Rising Star (2-7 years) category winner

EY - Jesse Lozano

Jesse Lozano
Co-founder and CEO, pi-top

pi-top is an award-winning ecosystem designed to make experimenting, coding and building electronics simple, affordable and fun. It brings the power of physical computing to education, providing transformative learning experiences with a unique DIY laptop and range of maker-centred modular accessories. pi-top empowers students to become collaborative, critical and creative thinkers by giving schools and teachers a full service solution encompassing hardware, software, STEM content, support and teacher training. From Jesse’s living room, in under three years pi-top has grown into a near 60-person company, with offices on three continents and annual revenues of $8m, selling over 100,000 devices and impacting the education of over 500,000 learners.

Personal motto: “Just keep going”

Scale Up category winner

EY - Simon Hansford

Simon Hansford
CEO, UKCloud

UKCloud provides a public cloud for UK public sector organisations’ exclusive use. It has been one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the UK and is dedicated to helping customers gain value from the agility and cost savings of using a sovereign, assured cloud platform. This ultimately benefits the UK taxpayer, citizens and businesses by enabling public sector organisations to deliver better services through technology. Simon is a serial entrepreneur with over 10 years’ experience in the information technology sector, with much of that time spent playing an active role in the expansion of cutting edge businesses.

Personal motto: “I’m probably more operational and focused on the detail. There are lots of opportunities, but it’s all about execution. To me it’s about scale and quality. There’s a massive market opportunity, but we need to stay extremely focused”

Sustained Excellence category winners

EY - Dr Drew Nelson, OBE

Dr Drew Nelson, OBE
CEO and President, IQE plc

IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers, with products covering a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio which allows the group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers. Dr Nelson’s dogged determination, perseverance and self-sacrificing ‘can-do’ attitude was the driving force in persuading the petrochemical company, Shell, to invest up to £9m in his new venture. In the intervening years, he has driven the business through a series of mergers and acquisitions and a successful IPO to become the world leader it is today, with manufacturing operations across Asia, the US and Europe.

 
EY - Peter Digby

Peter Digby
President, Xtrac

Xtrac is the world’s leading supplier of motorsport transmissions for customers competing in F1, World Rally, IndyCar, sports/touring cars, and a rapidly expanding hybrid/electric automotive market. Its 90,000 sq ft design and manufacturing centre in Berkshire (currently expanding to 117,000 sq ft) operates 24 hours a day, with over 330 employees. Its apprentice and graduate programmes introduce young people to the world of high-performance, world-class engineering. Xtrac continuously exports the majority of its products, and has generated over $850m of exports since it started in 1984.

Personal motto: “A week at the start of a project is worth two at the end”

Transformational Leader category winners

EY - Kim and Simon Morrish

Kim and Simon Morrish
Director and CEO, Ground Control

Established in 1973, Ground Control is a ‘can do’ business founded on the core principles of quality and delivering outstanding customer service. It is a multi award-winning external solutions provider, offering a fully national and comprehensive service to single and multi-site clients across a broad range of divisions and sectors. Working from Wick to Penzance, it services over 45,000 commercial sites across the UK, 365 days a year. With revenues in excess of £135m, Kim and Simon have invested heavily in professionalising both their employees and their vast supply chain.

Personal mottos: “Life is a marathon not a sprint” and “always operate with integrity and fairness”

Building a better working world winner

EY - Susie Ma

Susie Ma
Founder, Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare produces award-winning, natural, vegan-friendly skincare and makeup, freshly made with nutritious tropical ingredients. Its mission has always been to create products that are truly good for you without toxic chemicals and marketing gimmicks. Since starting the company at just 15, Susie has prioritised the creation of innovative products of the highest quality. Selecting premium ingredients to create cosmetics that are truly effective, her award-winning business now boasts over 100 products, with exciting biannual releases, freshly made in Tropic’s Surrey Beauty Kitchen. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to her beating over 70,000 applicants to secure a spot on The Apprentice, and, despite being a runner-up, her tenacity and drive to succeed shone through, ultimately leading to an investment from Lord Sugar himself.

Personal motto: “You shouldn't need a chemistry degree to know what you're putting on your skin”

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