BQ National Entrepreneur Festival 2017

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Entrepreneurs from across Wales vie for top accolade

Five entrepreneurs from across Wales have made it to the final of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which are being held as part of the inaugural BQ Festival this month.

BQ and Atom Bank are hosting the inaugural National Entrepreneur Festival at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle upon Tyne on 21 November 2017.

The festival will see the presenting of the Emerging Entrepreneur Awards, which will highlight the tenacity, creativity, innovation and determination of the nation’s entrepreneurs.

And remember, you can still get your tickets for the festival, here.

Here is the shortlist for the Wales award, chosen by our panel of expert judges:


Marc Castro of Spanacom Ltd

Marc founded Spanacom, an online marketing media network that specialises in bringing traffic to investors from all over the world, back in 2015. Starting off with just £500, the company went on to generate £493,000 last year and is on target to turn over £687,000 this year.


Ross Weir of HJ Weir

As the third-generation of the family engineering business, Ross was appointed managing director of HJ Weir back in 2014. Under his leadership the Chepstow-based company has grown exponentially overseas and is eyeing further growth in India and South Korea over the coming years.


Natasha Louca-Jones and Adam Jones of Invncbl Ltd

iNVNCBL is a series of obstacle course race events over 10KM and 5KM distances, across multi terrain and set in various locations throughout Wales. The company was founded by Natasha Louca-Jones in 2015 and has since seen customer numbers increased from 600 to 2,000.


Karlis Ozolins of Venture Works (Venture Growth Ltd)

Karlis launched Venture Works in January last year in a bid to develop a unique, performance focused business growth agency which created bespoke business growth packages to help businesses grow. The company achieved sales of £70,000 in its first year and now projects to turn over £250,000 by year two.


Sue Poole of C4EE

Swansea-based C4EE is a social enterprise which hosts tailored workshops and classroom sessions teaching entrepreneurship to children as young as five. Sue came up with the idea in 2015 and today C4EE works with over 4,500 young people every year in schools across South Wales.


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