Peterborough entrepreneur shortlisted for prestigious business award


29-04-2016

Christopher McBean, CEO of Peterborough-based E-leather, manufacturer of engineered leather for high performance applications, has been announced as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016.

 

Christopher will join leaders from 37 other businesses to compete in the programme’s London & South final. Together, the 38 regional finalists employ over 9,000 people and turnover more than £2.3 billion.

Winners from regional finals in Scotland, North of England, Midlands and London & South will go on to vie for the title of ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK 2016 overall winner’ at a ceremony in the capital in October and the chance to represent the UK at a global awards ceremony in Monte Carlo in 2017.

Now in its 18th year in the UK, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards programme. It recognises the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs, running in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide.

Nick Gomer, managing partner at EY in Cambridge said: “These dynamic, fast growing companies – and the people behind them – are vital to the East of England’s national and global competitiveness, and these awards rightly recognise their success. Investment in technology and innovation, domestic and international expansion are just some of the ways these entrepreneurs are growing their businesses and positioning themselves for further growth over the years ahead.”

The London & South judging panel will be chaired by Rosaleen Blair, Chief Executive of Alexander Mann Solutions. She will be joined by 10 other leading business figures on the regional judging panel:

  • Julie Meyer, Founder of Ariadne Capital
  • Martin Leuw, Chairman of Growth4Good
  • Alan Aubrey, Chief Executive Officer of IP Group
  • Ben Wood, Global President of iProspect
  • Chris Hurley, Co-Head & Chief Executive of LDC
  • Michelle Morgan, Co-Founder and Director of Livity
  • Jo Valentine, CEO of London First
  • Eileen Burbidge, Partner at Passion Capital
  • Harry Hyman, Managing Director of Primary Health Properties
  • Alvaro Miranda Diaz, Associate Director - Corporate Licensing, Divestitures & Acquisitions at Procter & Gamble

Stuart Watson, UK Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader added: “The 2016 finalists are great examples of men and women who are visionaries; finding ways to do things better.

“Where there is uncertainty, there is change, and these entrepreneurs see change as an opportunity to innovate and grow their business. According to our survey, 90% expect their profits to grow by 2018, with 53% forecasting growth greater than 10% for their business. In addition, 93% of our Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni said they planned to take on new hires before the end of this year, with a fifth looking to create more than 50 jobs.”  

 

This year’s London & South finalists are:

 

 

Name

Company

Company description

HQ Location

1

David McDonald and Theo Duchen

Acturis Group

Provider of software as a service to the general insurance industry.

London

2

Dr Ali Afshar

Ahmad Tea

Ahmad Tea is a British Tea Company, with family roots going back four generations into the art of tea.

Eastleigh, Hampshire

3

Christopher Watt, Maria Watt, and Richard Wastnage

Bath ASU

Bath ASU is the largest supplier of out sourced aseptic “specials” in the UK.

Corsham, Wiltshire

4

Steve King

Black Swan

Predict consumer behaviour and creates technology that can improve the efficiency of marketing spend and drive innovation of new products.

London

5

Ambarish Mitra

Blippar

A technology company specialising in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Its flagship product, Blippar app is a visual browser for the physical world.

London

6

Thembalath Ramachandran

Bristol Laboratories

One of the leading manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceutical generic medicines in UK and Europe.

Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

7

Stuart Rees Jones

Camps International

A volunteer travel operator that organise expeditions across Africa, Asia and South America.

Ringwood, Hampshire

8

Adam Ludwin and Dominic Joseph

Captify

Captify is the global pioneer of Search Intelligence, with its semantic technology measuring and making sense of over 8 billion searches every month.

London

9

Greg Mesch

CityFibre

Fibre optic infrastructure specialist

London

10

Cato Syversen and Magne Jordanger

Creditsafe

World's most-used provider of online company credit reports

Cardiff

11

Darren Westlake and Luke Lang

Crowdcube

The world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them control and access to more investors.

Exeter

12

Lee Biggins

CV-Library

CV-Library is the UK’s largest job board, with over 9.8 million CV’s online, growing at a rate of over 198,000 new CVs every month.

Fleet, Hampshire

13

Thomas Fleming

Dealogic

Platform of cutting edge technology, unique content and expert support used by Investment Banks worldwide.

London

14

Damian Kimmelman

DueDil

London-based fintech company that provides information about companies and the people who run them.

London

15

Christopher McBean

E-Leather

Engineered leather for high performance applications.

Peterborough

16

Saad Hammad

Flybe

Europe's largest regional airline.

Exeter

17

Farida Gibbs

Gibbs S3

Staffing and project solutions specialists delivering the best talent to global customers across technology, business change, HR, professional services and PMO.

Wallington

18

Anthony Fletcher

graze.com

graze.com is a retailer of healthier, portion controlled snacks created by the developers and logistics experts behind the technology that powered LoveFilm.

Richmond

19

Kimberley and Simon Morrish

Ground Control

The leading commercial grounds maintenance, landscape design, construction, arboriculture, vegetation management and winter maintenance company operating nationally throughout the UK.

Billericay, Essex

20

Sarah Wren

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

A not-for-profit, charitable social enterprise that provides a range of caring services to support the independence of elderly and vulnerable people living at home.

Letchworth, Hertfordshire

21

Kym Denny

hVIVO

hVIVO is a life sciences company pioneering a technology platform of human disease models to accelerate drug development and discovery in respiratory and infectious diseases. 

London

22

Peter Barkwill

John Wainwright and Co.

Quarry operator and independent suppliers to the construction industry, based in Moons Hill Quarry, the only basalt Quarry in the Mendip region of Somerset.

Radstock, Somerset

23

Christian Faes

LendInvest

Online marketplace for property lending and investing.

London

24

Henrietta Morrison

Lily's Kitchen

Nutritious natural food for cats and dogs sold in the UK, Europe and International markets, recently named in the Top 10 of Ethical Brands globally.

London

25

David Mercer

LMAX Exchange

LMAX Exchange is a London-based FCA-regulated multilateral trading facility (MTF) for FX trading. LMAX Exchange provides low latency, order-driven execution venue for electronic trading on the foreign exchange market (FX).

London

26

Chris Morling

money.co.uk

Financial comparison website.

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

27

Justine Roberts

Mumsnet

Mumsnet is the UK's largest network for parents, hosting discussion forums where users share peer-to-peer advice and information on parenting and products.

London

28

Titus Sharpe

MVF

MVF is now one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies and is an international leader in customer acquisition and lead generation.

London

29

Husayn Kassai

Onfido

Onfido delivers next-generation background checks, helping businesses verify anyone across the world - within seconds.

London

30

Jude Ower

Playmob

A marketplace for games, apps, charities and brands that matches partnerships to raise money and awareness of global causes to huge audiences across games/apps, while bringing a business impact.

London

31

Dilwyn Howells,
Nigel Williams and Terence Edgell

Premier Forest Group

One of the UK’s leading vertically integrated group of companies; principally engaged in sawmilling, processing, importation and the distribution of timber and associated products operating from 14 sites in the UK and Ireland.

Newport, Wales

32

Cassandra Stavrou and Ryan Kohn

PROPERCORN

Guilt-free, premier popcorn built on the ethos 'Done Properly' and founded in 2011.

London

33

Mike Beesley

Resource Solutions Group (RSG)

The largest privately owned recruitment business in the UK.

Bristol

34

Glenn Elliott

Reward Gateway

HR software business that helps companies connect better to their people through employee benefits, recognition and communication. Active in UK, Australia & USA.

London

35

Raminder Ranger

Sun Mark

Provide and distribute famous supermarket products all over the world, in particular they operate in the emerging markets of the world.

Greenford, Middlesex

36

Shaun Pulfrey

Tangle Teezer

Tangle Teezer; the world’s first and best-selling detangling hairbrush.

London

37

Kevin Stevens

Woodland Group

Freight forwarding and supply chain specialists, committed to delivering solutions tailor made to their customers.

Chelmsford, Essex

38

Dr Ismail Ahmed

WorldRemit

International remittance services.

London

 

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