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Welsh ICE Shortlised for National Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards


The Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (Welsh ICE) will be flying the flag for Wales as one of eight co-working spaces vying for the coveted title of Entrepreneurial Co-Working Space of the Year, at this years Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the awards are noted for recognizing emerging entrepreneurial success in the UK, celebrating the contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs and their impact on the economy.

CEO of Welsh ICE, Gareth Jones said the news was a boost for the whole campus;

“Putting ICE on the map at a national level has been one of our objectives for 2016, and this takes us one step closer. When people think of these kinds of spaces, they usually imagine city centre co-working offices with a bunch of people comparing their seed and series A size. At ICE, we work to create an environment where people can grow companies of all shapes and sizes, fully connected to the global markets but with the beautiful backdrop of Caerphilly”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in association with Natwest, will culminate in a Gala Final, taking place on Tuesday 22 November in the Ballrooms of the prestigious, Lancaster London Hotel.

ice-co-working-spaceCelebrating entrepreneurs who embody a spirit of innovation and enterprise, the Awards will recognise business leaders from multiple industries across 20 awards categories.

Previous winners have included Julie Deane MBE, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt, co-founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, founder of Lad Bible.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards is about celebrating the wonderful stories of entrepreneurs, and helping them on their journey to success.

Nick James, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:

“This year we have yet again enjoyed an increase in the amount of entries for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and every single category is fiercely contested. There is no doubt that Entrepreneurialism is alive and well in the UK despite any uncertainty over Brexit.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship for NatWest, said:

“Entrepreneurs are the wealth creators and the lifeblood of the UK economy. It’s incredibly important that we support them, throughout their journey with access to finance and networks; relevant mentors, general business advice and knowledge, all vital ingredients whether they are start up’s, early stage or high growth ventures. The standard of this years awards’ finalists shows just how much talent there is to support in the UK.”