Midlands’ leading entrepreneurs unveiled

24 April 2014

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Twenty-eight entrepreneurs from 23 companies in the Midlands have been shortlisted in EY’s Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year awards programme 2014, sponsored by Credit Suisse.

The 23 businesses being showcased in the 2014 Midlands’ programme have collectively grown their businesses by 27% in the last year, making a significant contribution to the UK economy by delivering a combined £1.1bn of revenue and employing more than 6,422 people.

The Midlands final will be held on 17 June 2014 at Opus restaurant, Birmingham. Regional winners then go on to vie for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year in October 2014 and a chance to represent their country at a global awards ceremony in June 2015.

Adrian Roberts, EY partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year leader in the Midlands, commented: “This year’s finalists are growing their businesses and making a significant contribution to the UK economy. EY is passionate about recognising successful entrepreneurs in the Midlands and it’s crucial that we continue to recognise and support these entrepreneurial business leaders. They lay the foundations for job and wealth creation, and have a critical role to play in our region’s economic expansion.”

The Midlands 2014 judging panel is chaired by Andy Street, Managing Director of John Lewis and Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. He will be joined on the panel by seven judges, including former Entrepreneur Of The Year winners and high-profile business leaders in the Midlands.

Adrian Roberts, comments: “The quality of our 2014 Midlands judging panel reflects the strength and diversity of business leaders and entrepreneurs achieving growth and recognition across the region and beyond.”

Last year’s EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year was won by James Lambert, Chairman of R&R Ice Cream who goes on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monte Carlo this June.

Stuart Watson, UK Entrepreneur Of the Year Leader, added: “I am delighted to see the calibre of this year’s finalists and wish to congratulate them all. The UK's entrepreneurs have been growing their businesses over the last few years despite the flat economy and are now looking forward to stronger growth. These dynamic fast growth businesses are vital to the UK's global competitiveness and these awards celebrate their success.”


This year’s Midlands’ finalists are:

  • Jeremy Nesbitt, Affordable Warmth Solutions
  • Steve Morris, APSU
  • Willie Paterson, Asset Alliance
  • Mark Kerridge, Benson Box Co
  • Brian Murray, Boss Design Group
  • Ian Andrews, Dee Set
  • Martyn Rees and Will Rees, Direct Online Services
  • Jonathan Short, ECO Plastics
  • Wayne Martin, GCI
  • Alan Barratt and Juliet Barratt, Grenade
  • Karl Hick, Larkfleet Group
  • Peter Davenport, Motiva Group
  • Michael Lilley, My Time CIC
  • Guy Mucklow and Jamie Turner, Postcode Anywhere
  • John Sutton and David Whitehouse, Pure Staff
  • Nigel Curry, Rhead Group
  • Stuart Bell, Right Track Social Enterprise
  • Andy Pendlebury, RTC Group
  • Andy Metcalfe and Steve Speller, Speller Metcalfe
  • Jean Jarvis, MBE, The Furniture Scheme
  • Michael Parry, Torus Measurement Systems
  • Adam Shaw, Uniting Ambition
  • Craig Errington, Wesleyan Assurance Society


This year’s Midlands’ judges are:

  • Andy Street, Managing Director of John Lewis and Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Paul Bassi CBE,  non-executive Chairman of CPBigwood and Bond Wolfe and Chief Executive of Real Estate Investors Plc
  • Paul Thandi DL, CEO of The NEC Group
  • Alan Jackson, Chairman of Intercity Telecom
  • Matt Upton, Director of ISIS Equity Partners
  • Karen Lowthrop MBE, CEO of Hill Holt Wood
  • Graham Whitworth, Chairman and Group CEO of Sprue Aegis
  • Peter Chinnery, Independent Retail Consultant