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Great British Entrepreneur Awards secures partnership with NatWest

 The Great British Entrepreneur Awards today announce their three-year partnership with NatWest and Entrepreneurial Spark. With increased support from NatWest, the organisers have been able to extend the coverage of the Entrepreneur Awards across the UK and ceremonies will now be held in five cities - Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London - compared with two in previous years.

Now in its fifth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names. Previous winners include David Buttress - Former CEO of Just Eat, Julie Dean - Founder of The Cambridge Satchell Company, James Watt - Founder of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou - Founder and CEO of The Lad Bible.
                                                              
Creator of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca Russell, believes that it is vital that British entrepreneurs are championed. She explained: "Entrepreneurs inject competition into markets, create jobs and spur innovation. In many cases their businesses change the ways in which we live and work. These awards are different because they celebrate the story behind these people - true entrepreneurs are as much about their story as they are about their balance sheet.”

Caroline Thompson, NatWest’s entrepreneur development manager, who oversees Wales’ Entrepreneurial Spark hub, said: “Wales has a vibrant entrepreneurial economy thanks to strong support networks for small businesses as well as the passion and dedication we see from the entrepreneurs themselves.

“These awards are the perfect showcase for the people behind the ideas which so often go on to become such huge success stories. NatWest is delighted that our support will enable these Awards to continue to recognise the brightest and best of Wales’ entrepreneurial talent.” 

Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by NatWest, is the world's largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses. It now has 12 UK hubs, covering all four nations of the UK, with a London hub opening its doors in August 2017. These hubs have supported businesses that have collectively turned over £176m and secured £151m in investment. The entrepreneurs behind these businesses have, to date, created 3,152 jobs across the UK.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards opens for applications now and will celebrate entrepreneurship across 14 categories including Innovation, High Street, Start-Up and Creative Industries. You can enter here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.

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