Business leaders from Staffordshire have been named as finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021.
Company founders and directors from the county are among the 118 Midlands-based business leaders which have been shortlisted in the awards, which acknowledges and champions the hard work and inspiring stories of UK entrepreneurs across 16 categories.
The Midlands 2021 finalists include:
- Victoria Sylvester, co-founder of Trentham-based Acacia Training, who has been shortlisted in the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category;
- Ben and Michael Dyer, co-founders of The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG) in Stafford, who are also finalists in the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year category;
- Steven Timmis and Aludia Binos, co-founders of Newcastle-under-Lyme-based Sempar Accountancy and Tax, who have been shortlisted in the Scale-up Entrepreneur of the Year category;
- Nicki Capewell, founder of online events platform Tresstle, has been shortlisted in the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year category;
- Ed Hollands, founder and managing director of Burton-based fleet advertising business DrivenMedia, who is a finalist in the Services Industries Entrepreneur of the Year category.
Over the last decade, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards – which are run in partnership with Starling Bank – has celebrated some household names, including Steven Bartlett who was recently announced as the youngest ever Dragon on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
The regional finals will take place later this year.
Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “The Midlands has produced some incredible finalists over the years, and this year is no exception.
“It really is one of the UK’s most promising regions, and the fact that so many exceptional people have applied during such a tough year, is a testament to the resolve and talent that exists across area.
“As well as the recognition, our finalists and eventual winners will join our fantastic alumni community that supports each other all year round. From networking and thought leadership, right the way through to mentoring and guidance – being a part of our ecosystem of entrepreneurs can be incredibly rewarding.
“Creating the shortlist out of so many wonderful applications was incredibly tough, so I don’t envy the judges who will now decide the regional winners. Everyone who has been shortlisted should be incredibly proud and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase their achievements.”
For the full list of Midlands 2021 finalists visit the Great British Entrepreneur Awards website.