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NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Announces Welsh Winners

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The great and good of the Welsh business world gathered at the Mercure Holland House last night (November 1st) to celebrate the winners of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards final for Wales and the South West.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognises the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs, rather than just their financial success.

The Awards ceremony celebrated businesses from Wales and the South West across 11 categories, from Family Business of the Year to Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year.

Ceremonies at Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London will take place in the coming weeks.

The number of businesses who entered the Awards has tripled this year, with well over a thousand entries received across the five regions. Judges include Hayley Parsons OBE, founder of GoCompare.com, and serial entrepreneur James Caan CBE.

Founder of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said:

“This has been a really tough year for our judges, as not only have we seen more entries than ever before, but the standard of entries has also been the best ever. We’ve had an incredibly tough job narrowing down the winners from such a strong shortlist.

“The winning entrepreneurs have made a huge impact on entrepreneurship in their region and the wider UK economy and we hope that winning an award will help give them the recognition they thoroughly deserve.”

Francesca added: “We’d like to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year, and send huge congratulations to those who have taken home awards. We look forward to seeing what the next year brings for you.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for NatWest, said:

“NatWest is incredibly proud to support these important awards, it has been so inspiring to see the number and calibre of entries this year which proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is live and well in Wales.

“I want extend my huge congratulations to all the winners of this years’ categories and hope that their businesses continue to grow in the future.”

Full list of Welsh winners:

Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Matt Jones
  • S3 Advertising

Matt Jones has over 15 years’ experience and has held senior roles at the largest media owners, bringing unrivalled knowledge and an inspirational leadership style to his role as CEO and owner of S3 Advertising.

Entrepreneur’s Champion of the Year

  • Rony Seamons
  • Entrepreneurial Spark

Rony is an Enabler at Entrepreneurial Spark, where his role is to support entrepreneurs to become credible, backable and investable business leaders.

Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Hannah Pycroft & Sophie Pycroft
  • Spectrum Collections Ltd

Sophie and Hannah, the Spectrum Sisters, are creators of the world’s most ‘Instagrammable’ makeup brushes. Spectrum Collections pride themselves on creating trend-lead makeup brushes with professional performance.

High Street Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Bradley Cummings
  • Tiny Rebel Brewing Co

Bradley Cummings is the Managing Director of Tiny Rebel Brewing Co., the youngest brewery to win the prestigious Champion Beer of Britain award and exporting to 30 countries around the world.

Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Chris Ganje
  • AMPLYFI

Having led AMPLYFI since its inception in 2015, Chris Ganje previously led a start-up developing wind power projects in India and worked for BP.

Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Steve Jones
  • Comparison Creator

With more than 25 years’ insurance industry experience behind him, Steve Jones is the founder of one of the UK’s only independent, privately-owned white label software company.

Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Scott Morgan
  • Nutrivend

Scott Morgan is the Managing Director of an innovative specialist sports nutrition company, who partner with the country’s leading brands to grow their presence and sales across the booming UK gym industry.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Maciek Kacprzyk & Karina Sudenyte
  • Wonky Drinks Ltd

Maciek and Karina are co-founders of Get Wonky; a natural juice business which aims to tackle the growing problem of waste and inefficiency in food and drink production.

Overall Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Hannah Pycroft & Sophie Pycroft
  • Spectrum Collections Ltd

Thanks to support from NatWest, Redrow, MINI and other sponsors, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur organisers have been able to extend the coverage of the Awards across the UK this year, to include London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

To see the full shortlist for these events, click here.