Wish me good luck tomorrow! With over 3000 applications to #GBEA I feel like a winner.

What a lovely email from the #GBEA team. Looking forward tomorrow and just knowing that they have had over 3000 applications this year make me feel like a winner already!

We cannot wait to see you at your regional final for #GBEA tomorrow. 

I’m sure my team have expressed this before, but I just wanted to reiterate that we were completely blown away by the quality of applications this year. Making the shortlist is no mean feat, especially when you consider that once again, we had over 3,000 applications for 2019. Regardless of the results on the night, I’m looking forward to raising a glass with you to incredible entrepreneurial endeavours, spirit and success. Our judges have given us feedback that this year is the strongest they have ever seen, and that’s coming from entrepreneurs behind some of Britain’s best loved and most well-known brands including Go Compare, King of Shaves, Mulberry, MOBO and Cath Kidston. I hope that you can see that with #GBEA we are a little bit more than ‘just’ an awards programme. Instead, we’re building an incredibly inclusive and rapidly growing community of entrepreneurs who agree with us in that we can all achieve more when we support one another. We do that through putting on useful events, making connections, profiling and writing about, amplifying and sharing the news of entrepreneurs within our alumni. 

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2019 Finalist-#GBEA “Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?”

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Award in the category “Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year”.

And with this nomination, I already feel like a winner!

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I believe in telling a story and when the question “Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?” needed to be answered I started with the beginning, and here is an extract of the answer I gave…

 …Growing up with an entrepreneurial father I always dreamt about starting my own business.…. …He always encouraged me if I had ideas, urged me to sell or to negotiate prices at any opportunities, and told me I could do anything I wanted if I just worked hard enough. This became a lifelong dream…

…with a shrinking confidence about my skill set in a every so increasing global competitive market I didn’t believe I could start my own business. But a pivotal moment happened in my life, I realised that my career was determined by others. Even with my passion and determination I could not influence the future plans… … if I ever going to follow my dreams, this was the time…

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