Marg Randles and John Woodward, who own the childcare provider, also took home the International award and were described by the judges as having built a ‘well-established business that started 33 years ago’ which ‘continues to grow internationally having taken the emerging UK market by storm’.
Busy Bees, located in Burntwood, is a childcare provider catering for children ages three months to five years.
With over 250 nurseries across the UK, the firm particularly impressed the judges with their international growth and future expansion plans, already operating 60 nurseries in South East Asia.
Andrew Spence, Partner and Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at EY, said: “Having grown the business from scratch to become the UK’s leading childcare provider, Marg and John’s entrepreneurial spirit is to be admired.
“They had a simple aspiration to create better outcomes for young children through exceptional care and education. Over 30 years later and following huge success in the UK, they’ve been able to grow their business internationally by making it relevant to other markets, particularly in Asia.”
Held at the Birmingham Council House and hosted by Breakfast Business presenter, Steph McGovern, the awards dinner honoured local business leaders across 10 categories, all of whom will represent the Midlands at the UK finals in October 2016: Marg Randles and John Woodward of Busy Bees; Professor Simon Fishel of Care Fertility Holdings; William Chase of Chase Distillery; Mark Jones and Jeremy Taylor of Green Frog Power; Sarah Gill of Gro-Organic C.I.C.; Rosie Ginday of Miss Macaroon; Alan Hardy of Paragon Interiors Group; Michael Bruce of Purplebricks; Ben Maughan of SHEco; Heather Penn and John Penn of SSE Audio Group.
A Chairman’s Special Award was also presented to Graham Wynn, OBE and Jennifer Wynn of TTC Group, the UK’s largest provider of National Offender Retraining schemes and Drink Drive Rehabilitation schemes.
Mr Spence added: “Entrepreneurs form the foundations of our economy, so it’s important that we continue to support their ambitions and celebrate their successes. Rebalancing the economy, beyond London and the South East, is critical to future growth and with entrepreneurs like our finalists creating jobs and wealth right across the Midlands, we can feel confident that this rebalancing will be achieved over the coming years.”
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