This award is for business owners, sole-traders, or self-employed individuals, who have been established for more than two years. The judges recognised entrepreneurs:

  • Whose role is as an instrumental and influential leader in business
  • Who have demonstrated an ability to grow their business
  • Who showed a clear understanding of the market in which their business operates.
  • Who showed how they have been integral to making their business or businesses a success.

The judges were interested to learn how the entrepreneur’s personal leadership has led to business growth, innovation or outstanding diversity and inclusion.

They were also looking to understand how the business has adapted, diversified, and contributed to community.

Nominations are now closed.

Entrepreneur of the Year 2024


Mary Lonsdale – Mentor Education 

Sophie Shalgi – The Avenue Cookery School

Joanne Playford – The London Curtain and Blind Co

Anna Jenkins – We Are Fit Attitude Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year 2023


Winner: Chocolate Films – Rachel Wang

Runner-Up: Abbas Marketing – Ayo Abbas

Highly Commended: Academy for Women Entrepreneurs – Ceylan Boyce and Poppy’s Funerals – Poppy Mardall