BQ National Entrepreneur Festival

BQ National Entrepreneur Festival

Search begins for BQ's top emerging entrepreneurs

Know someone who is a next generation entrepreneur? We want to hear from you ahead of the emerging entrepreneur awards at the inaugural BQ National Entrepreneur Festival.

Entrepreneurs from across the UK are set to descend on Newcastle for the BQ Entrepreneur Festival powered by Atom bank at the Boiler Shop on 21 November 2017.

The National Entrepreneur Festival will see BQ scour the UK to uncover some of the country’s most up-and-coming entrepreneurial stars, placing the spotlight on individuals making their mark in the business world.

The emerging entrepreneur awards, which are part of the festival, are open to all emerging entrepreneurs who can demonstrate their tenacity, creativity, innovation and determination to scale.

Sound familiar? Recognise yourself, your friends, or colleagues? Then submit a nomination today. From Glasgow to Guildford we want to celebrate entrepreneurship across the UK.

The festival will also include a new Outstanding Entrepreneur Award - designed to recognise established entrepreneurs that have achieved exceptional success or have contributed materially to the success of others over a sustained period.

The overall ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award will be presented by Atom bank, the lead sponsor of the event. Craig Iley, managing director of business banking at Atom, said: “This is about entrepreneurs receiving the support and recognition they deserve for challenging norms, taking risks and ultimately powering our economy as they develop into SMEs. This year’s festival will be truly innovative, reflecting and celebrating entrepreneurial spirit.”

Bryan Hoare, commercial director at BQ, said: “BQ is all about celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship and we would be delighted to have you join us for the inaugural BQ National Entrepreneur Festival 2017.

“The National Entrepreneur Festival aims to profile and encourage our next generation of entrepreneurs and the search now begins once again to identify some of the UK’s leading emerging talent as part of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

“We are seeking nominations across the UK and we’d like to hear from anyone who believes they have the entrepreneurial character to succeed in business. If you believe you have what it takes then BQ would ask you to self-nominate or ask someone to nominate you.

“We look forward to showcasing as many entries as possible at the festival and providing the selected shortlisted finalists with ongoing PR and support as we continue to follow their stories across BQ.”

To nominate, find out more or book your ticket, click here.

You can also keep up to date with the festival on Twitter via #BQFest17