The search has begun to uncover the UK’s most up-and-coming entrepreneurial stars, placing the spotlight firmly on the individuals who are making their mark in the business world.
Entrepreneurs from across the UK are set to descend on Newcastle for the BQ Entrepreneur Festival powered by Atom bank at the Boiler Shop on 21 November 2017.
The emerging entrepreneur awards, which are part of the festival, are open to all emerging entrepreneurs who can demonstrate their tenacity, creativity, innovation and determination to scale.
The festival will also include a new Outstanding Entrepreneur Award – designed to recognise established entrepreneurs that have achieved exceptional success or have contributed materially to the success of others over a sustained period.
The overall ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award will be presented by Atom bank, the lead sponsor of the event. Craig Iley, managing director of business banking at Atom, said: “This is about entrepreneurs receiving the support and recognition they deserve for challenging norms, taking risks and ultimately powering our economy as they develop into SMEs. This year’s festival will be truly innovative, reflecting and celebrating entrepreneurial spirit.”
Bryan Hoare, commercial director at BQ, said: “BQ is all about celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship and we would be delighted to have you join us for the inaugural BQ National Entrepreneur Festival 2017.
“The National Entrepreneur Festival aims to profile and encourage our next generation of entrepreneurs and the search now begins once again to identify some of the UK’s leading emerging talent as part of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
“We are seeking nominations across the UK and we’d like to hear from anyone who believes they have the entrepreneurial character to succeed in business. If you believe you have what it takes then BQ would ask you to self-nominate or ask someone to nominate you.
“We look forward to showcasing as many entries as possible at the festival and providing the selected shortlisted finalists with ongoing PR and support as we continue to follow their stories across BQ.”
You can also keep up to date with the festival on Twitter via #BQFest17