EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 UK finalists announced

25 April 2017

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  • The 96 companies from across the UK employ over 35,000 people and turnover more than £4.08bn

111 business leaders from 96 companies across the UK, have been listed as finalists in the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017’ programme today. Between them, they have a combined workforce of over 35,000 people and turnover more than £4.08bn.

The finalists, who are now part of a global network of fast-growth business leaders, will convene at regional award events in June in London, Scotland, the north of England, and the Midlands.

In each region, an independent panel of judges will select regional winners in each category, who will progress to the UK final held in the Capital in October, to vie for the title ‘EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year’. Each country winner will then attend the ‘EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Forum’ in Summer 2018, which gathers the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, game changers and government leaders from more than 60 countries.

Now in its 31st year globally and 19th year in the UK, ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year’ recognises the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs, running in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide.

Joanna Santinon, UK EY Entrepreneur Of The Year leader, said: “The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme brings together the UK’s most innovative and forward thinking business leaders at events held up and down the country every year, where they can share knowledge and ideas, debate the challenges of the day, and form lasting contacts and even working partnerships.

“It serves to support the enviable entrepreneurial community we have in the UK and celebrate the contribution that it makes to the economy, creating wealth and jobs.”

Social impact award

This year the programme will honour a UK entrepreneur, in each region, who is delivering positive social impact, with a special ‘Building a better working world’ award. A nod to EY’s organisational purpose, the special award acknowledges the role that business plays in driving change and making the world work better.

During times of change entrepreneurs thrive

Despite market uncertainty, entrepreneurs reported a strong performance in the last 12 months and remain optimistic in their outlook, according to EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni survey released in February.

69% of respondents quoted an increase in profits over the last 12 months, while 38% experienced double-digit growth (greater than 10%). In addition, 88% created new jobs, with over half (54%) taking on more than 20 new recruits in the same time period.

Looking ahead, despite 30% of entrepreneurial business leaders describing their single biggest business challenge as ‘economic uncertainty’, 54% predict a greater than 10% profit growth in the next three years and nearly a third (32%) plan to hire more than 20 people in the next 12 months.

Joanna Santinon added: “Characterised by their optimistic nature, entrepreneurs see opportunity rather than obstacles. They use times of change to their advantage to get ahead of the competition. Their approach will help to inspire the UK through uncharted territory in the unfolding new world.”


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is nationally sponsored by LGT Vestra. The Financial Times is the programme’s UK media partner.

Full list of UK 2017 judges

Full list of UK 2017 finalists