The shortlist for BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur awards has been announced, celebrating 35 of the UK’s up-and-coming entrepreneurial stars.
The awards will be split into categories for Scotland, Wales, and England’s North East, North West, Yorkshire, Midlands and London and the South regions, and will celebrate businesses in sectors such as food and drink, healthcare, and technology.
One finalist will be selected from each area’s category at the BQ Entrepreneur Festival powered by Atom bank, taking place at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop on 21st November, with an overall winner also announced on the evening.
This year one entrepreneur will be recognised as a ‘rising star’, and attendees will be able to vote for the people’s choice award during the event.
Dave Townsley, group account director at BQ, said: “This year we’re blown away by the calibre of entrepreneurs who are nominated.
“It’s clear that the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well, and we’re delighted to be able to highlight the stories of our emerging entrepreneurs this way. It promises to be an exciting night.”
International aircraft and aviation asset management company, Naljets, will be the drinks sponsor for the event. Craig McLeod, MD, said: “At Naljets, PTT Aviation and Airfotos, we prize the entrepreneurial spirit very highly.
“We are pleased to support the emerging talent in the region and are delighted to sponsor this year’s awards”.
The Yorkshire category is sponsored by alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure, CityFibre.
The entrepreneurs shortlisted for the awards are:
London & the South
Alborz Bozorgi of Twipes
Leila Francis Coleman of AquaPhysical
Benji Lanyado of Picfair
Peter Ramsey of Movem
Nathan Lowry of Easy Coffee
Simon Crowther of Flood Protection Solutions Ltd
Paul Dillon of Ultimate Physio
John Loveday of Spearhead Compliance Training
Melissa Snover of Katjes Magic Candy Factory
Revathi Timms of Avatar 3D
North East & Cumbria
Vincent Efferoth of Tea Venture Limited
Charlie Gibbs of Steampunk Ltd
Andy Haddon of Earth Doctors Ltd
Rebecca Riley of Kalma Baby Ltd
Holly Thompson of Future Skills Vision Ltd
Simon Austerberry of Actiphons Ltd
Kate Badger of Academy of Fun
Matt Walsh of Beatstream Media
Luke Massie of Vibe Tickets
Luke Swann of The Prologue
Liita Cairney of Kalitasha Ltd
Olivia Feng of hellouni
James McIlroy of Enterobiotix
Steven Smith of The Lead Generation Company
Rossie Stone of Dekko Comics Ltd
Marc Castro of Spanacom Ltd
Ross Weir of HJ Weir
Natasha Louca-Jones and Adam Jones of Invncbl Ltd
Karlis Ozolins of Venture Works (Venture Growth Ltd)
Sue Poole of C4EE
Shaun Daniel of Alpaca Comfort Ltd
Joe Formisano of Delivita Ltd
Urfan Ghulfam of Queens Qulfi Ltd
Benjamin Lawton of Custom Controllers UK Ltd
Daniel Pawson of Sea Chips
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