EY has announced its ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK’ finalists today. With 30 entrepreneurs making the shortlist, the 2020’s finalists highlight a vibrant diversity of the UK entrepreneurial landscape, with companies from sectors including technology, consumer, leisure and healthcare, represented across Britain.
Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent lockdown have been a tough period for traders and entrepreneurs, but it has been uplifting to see so many people from different backgrounds and cultures of entrants thriving, and some have also been able to successfully pivot and adapt their businesses to the environment.
Marked against six criteria by independent regional judging panels, the shortlist celebrates business leaders who showcase the real entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering ambition in solving tomorrow’s challenges.
Joanna Santinon, Partner and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year leader, UK, declared: “Entrepreneurs are facing one of the most challenging environment we’ve seen and we continue to be impressed by their relentless determination and resilience in an uncertain climate. The calibre of all the applicants has been truly inspiring. While some of our finalists have had to navigate a very turbulent year, some have been able to seize unexpected opportunities to accelerate growth.”
David Scott, Founder and Chairman of LGT Vestra, added: "Many of us at LGT Vestra are entrepreneurs and we are delighted to have been able to share our experiences, insights and passion with the applicants we have met. Whilst these unprecedented times have created challenges, it has been inspiring to see entrepreneurs show their resilience, tenacity and ability to adapt. We are delighted to celebrate the finalists' achievements through our sponsorship of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020."
Eventually, the UK finalists will progress to the UK judging and final, vying for the title ‘EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year’. Afterwards, the overall winner will then represent the UK at the ‘EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year’ in summer 2021, a forum which attracts the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries where diversity is not a plus, but a must.