2015 Winners

Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Ed Bussey

Ed BusseyA true Great British Entrepreneur, Ed’s impressive career spans continents, disciplines and industries. During his time as an online retailer, Ed identified a need for brands to become publishers in order to help consumers navigate their purchasing decisions in the face of overwhelming choice.  He saw a new model of content creation agency as the solution to building revenue and reputation, recognising that ultimately the worlds of content and commerce needed to converge, and Quill was born.

 

@Ed_Bussey @Quill_Content


Creative Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Alexander Solomou

Alexander Solomou

65twenty has become a formidable publisher of digital brands, attracting 33 million visitors per month to its websites and more than 26 million followers on social media. CEO Alex Solomou, 24, has built a British success story based on understanding the audience that traditional media and brands struggle to reach.

@TheLADbible

 

Silver: Stephanie Asplin, The Crewing Company
Bronze: Ed Bussey, Quill
Espark Special Merit: Guy Robinson, Coffee House Sessions


Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Alexander Solomou

Alexander Solomou

65twenty has become a formidable publisher of digital brands, attracting 33 million visitors per month to its websites and more than 26 million followers on social media. CEO Alex Solomou, 24, has built a British success story based on understanding the audience that traditional media and brands struggle to reach.

@TheLADbible

 

Silver: Reg Rix, Carfinance247
Bronze: Nigel Eccles, FanDuel
Espark Special Merit: Anthony Eskinazi, Just Park


E2E Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Alexander Solomou

Alexander Solomou

65twenty has become a formidable publisher of digital brands, attracting 33 million visitors per month to its websites and more than 26 million followers on social media. CEO Alex Solomou, 24, has built a British success story based on understanding the audience that traditional media and brands struggle to reach.

@TheLADbible

 

Silver: Bjorn Reynolds, SafeGuard World International
Bronze: Joanne Smith, The Consulting Consortium
Espark Special Merit: Anil Stocker, Market Invoice


Eco Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Laurence Kemball-Cook

LaurencePavegen have globally pioneered a flooring tile that converts kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity. The engaging off-grid technology has the ability to transform smart cities of the future, by powering applications and providing real-time data analytics. It is Pavegen’s aim to shift our perceptions of renewable energy.

@Pavegen @LaurenceKC

 

Silver: Grace Quantack, Healing Boxes
Bronze: Erik Fairbairn, POD Point
Espark Special Merit: Sam Clarke, Gnewt Cargo


Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year 2015

Ian Merricks

35277o_1a52lh1lk16sru4515411dfc1maaqIan Merricks chairs The Accelerator Network, the parent organisation of a range of high growth tech start-up / scale-up support programmes and initiatives.  Positioned at the centre of the UK tech startup scene, and accelerating around 600 – 1,000 high growth potential entrepreneurial businesses each year, with international expansion underway.

@XLR8Ruk @ianmerricks1

 

Silver: Geoff Leask, Young Enterprise Scotland
Bronze: Matt Smith, Centre for Entrepenuers
Espark Special Merit: Neeta Patel, New Entrepreneurs Foundation


Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Adetola Kunle-Hassan

AdeltolaNubian Skin are a lingerie and hosiery brand with the aim of re-defining ‘nude’. For too long, the nude we’ve seen in shops hasn’t been our nude. Struggling to find the basics to fit with her ever expanding wardrobe, Ade Hassan decided to create a ‘different kind of nude’.

@nubianskin

 

 

Silver: Aaron Jones, Fikay Fashion 
Bronze: Tom Joule, Joules
Espark Special Merit: Rosie Davies, The London Fashion Agency


Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Alex and Kitty Shepherd

dcedKitty and Alex are the young entrepreneurs who have revolutionized the street market scene as a viable platform for startup businesses. Through this they have championed and celebrated several hundred young entrepreneurs through their innovative Startisans business, described as “inspiring”, “dream building” and “making a real difference”.

@Startisans @Alex_Kitty_

 

Silver: Kim Antoniou, Kafoodle
Bronze: Melanie Goldsmith, Smith & Sinclair
Espark Special Merit: Jonathan Lodge, City Farm Systems


Export/International Trade Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Joan Woulfe & Katie Smith

JoanCooking Marvellous is a Shropshire business which has grown from a single retail store,  to an award winning online retailer, proud to export cookware and food to over 130 different countries.    In 2014, Cooking Marvellous was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

@cookingm

 

Silver: Phil Whitehurst, Active Research
Bronze: Sean Ramdsen, Ramdsen International
Espark Special Merit: Craig Benton, The London Deli Company


Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Steve Lindsey

Steve LindseyCoventry-based ‘Lontra’ has developed an energy-saving design for air compressors, one of the most ubiquitous products in manufacturing, accounting for 10% of Europe’s industrial energy use. The Blade Compressor® represents the first clean-sheet compressor design in over half a century. It will  revolutionise an industry worth over £20bn per annum.

@lontrauk

 

Silver: Errin Todd, Lobster Pod
Bronze: Richard Corbett, Eyetease
Espark Special Merit: Jackie Dalziel, Darcy’s


Micro Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Darren Thomas

Darren Thomas PicDarren has developed a strong business in Pedalcover which fills a real gap in the market for a bespoke insurance product specifically for triathletes and cyclists. Backed by one of the UK’s leading insurance providers and recommended by elite athletes, there is huge potential for this business going forward.

@pedalcover

 

Silver: Caroline Sparks, Turtle Tots Ltd
Bronze: Alanna Lawrie-Fussey, Text You Home
Espark Special Merit: Nick Entwistle, One Minute Briefs


Retail Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Dom & Ali Beaven

Dom & Ali“Wedding Gift List of The Year”, Prezola is The UK’s leading wedding gift list specialist, combining gifts from 300 brands with honeymoon funds and cash contributions. Founded by Dom and Ali Beaven, Prezola manages thousands of lists nationwide with annual revenues in excess of £5m. The business demonstrates exceptional growth.

@prezola

 

Silver:  Nish & Sach Kukadia, SecretSales.com
Bronze: Alex & Kitty Shepherd, Startisans
Espark Special Merit: Carol Smillie, Diary Dolls


Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Marc Wileman

Marc(Mad) Marc Wileman makes slime and fizzing potions and is on a mission to make science awesome. The Unique Sublime Science Party, 5 Star Reviewed ‘Don’t Eat Your Slime’ and ‘The Most Incredible Science Experiment DVD Ever’ sneak the learning in when they’re having too much fun to notice!

@sublimescience

 

 

Silver: Michael Asher, Better2Know
Bronze: Avin Rabheru, Housekeep
Espark Special Merit: Alison Edgar, Sales Coaching Solutions


Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Simone Thomas

SimoneI suffered twice from hair loss before the age of 30, due to cervical cancer and alopecia. Acutely aware of the strains hair loss has on a person, I have built up a unique business and now run an exclusive salon with an entire floor dedicated to hair replacement solutions.

@cghairuk @SThomasSalon

 

 

Silver: Alex & Kitty Shepherd, Startisans
Bronze: Carl Churchill, NetPay Merchant Services
Espark Special Merit: Brett Ekker, LOVESPACE


Social Enterprise (International) Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Laurence Kemball-Cook

LaurencePavegen have globally pioneered a flooring tile that converts kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity. The engaging off-grid technology has the ability to transform smart cities of the future, by powering applications and providing real-time data analytics. It is Pavegen’s aim to shift our perceptions of renewable energy.

@Pavegen @LaurenceKC

 

Silver: Aaron Jones, Fikay Fashion
Bronze: Josh Turner, St4nd Ltd
Espark Special Merit: Mark Beehan, Chatter Bags


Social Enterprise (UK) Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Louisa Symington-Mills

LouisaLouisa Symington-Mills is the founder of Cityparents Ltd, which operates the networks Citymothers and Cityfathers – inclusive networks for City professionals who have a shared interest in balancing family life with a progressive career. The groups have over 6,500 members in London representing law, finance, consultancy, human resources and accountancy.

@citymothers

 

Silver: Mike Britton, Goodwill Solutions CIC
Bronze: Nick Entwistle, One Minute Briefs
Espark Special Merit: Grace Quantock, Healing Boxes


Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Nicholas Walters

Nick WaltersNicholas Walters is founder and CEO of Hopster, the app that helps kids to learn through the shows they love. Having spotted a gap in the market, Nick launched Hopster in December 2013. It has since taken the UK by storm and has launched in over 100 countries worldwide.

@hopstertv

 

 

Silver: Errin Todd, Lobster Pod
Bronze: Naimish Gohil, Show My Homework
Espark Special Merit: Bianca Miller, The Be Group


Young Entrepreneur of the Year (25 & Under) 2015

George Burgess

EduAppWeb024_MG_6726Labelled one of “Britain’s Most Exciting Young Entrepreneurs” by Forbes, Georges Burgess founded Gojimo when he was just 17 and studying for his A Levels. Gojimo is now the UK’s most successful exam preparation app, and has recently expanded into the US, Ireland, South Africa and China.

 

@burgesg @gojimoapp

 

Silver: Alexander Solomou, 65twenty
Bronze: Georgina Bullen, Team Insight Ltd
Espark Special Merit: Phoebe Gormley, Gormley & Gamble


Young Entrepreneur of the Year (26-30) 2015

Christian Lane

Christian Lane pic copyChristian Lane, 28, Founder and CEO of Smarter has gone from starting a stationary business in his bedroom to building a multi million pound leading technology company set to disrupt the connected home industry. Supplying UK retailers such as Apple, Currys and John Lewis, Christian now plans on expanding worldwide.

@wifikettle

 

Silver: Marc Wileman, Sublime Science
Bronze: Susan Ma, Tropic Skincare
Espark Special Merit: Deepak Tailor, Latest Free Stuff


 

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