It’s with great pride that we can confirm that our Chairman, Garry Partington, was last night one of a select few to attend the finalists awards ceremony at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for the north of the UK.
Only the sharpest and most astute entrepreneurial minds were selected following a rigorous vetting, interview and selection process.
The winner of the northern award would then need to face winners of each UK regional awards to become the UK Entrepreneur of the Year, with the winner of this representing the UK on a global scale in Monaco for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year.
Top 25 Entrepreneurs in the North
Once the Ernst & Young team had completed their face-to-face interviews with applicants, the group was whittled down to the top 25 brightest business minds in the north of the country.
Before the awards ceremony, the top 25 finalists needed to endure a gruelling interview with a group of Ernst & Young’s judging panel. Topics up for debate were the finalists’ financial success in their business, how they had overcome huge business challenges, and what sacrifices they have had to make (both business and personal) in order to make a success of their organisation.
Following this, the 25 entrepreneurs assembled in Manchester for the awards ceremony on 20 June.
“And the Winner is…”
The award for UK Entrepreneur of the Year – North was presented to Diane Walker of KARRO Food Group. In an incredible story, the audience was told of Diane’s journey and how she’d managed to save over 1,000 jobs from redundancy, turned a £10m loss into a £20m profit and now runs an organisation that provides enough bacon for over 1 billion sandwiches. From everyone at Apadmi, congratulations on this amazing success.