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3:00 AM 9th May 2022

31 North Entrepreneurs Shortlisted As Regional Finalists In Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK

Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash
Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash
EY has announced the shortlisted regional finalists in the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK 2022 programme. The finalists include 31 entrepreneurs from the North of England, representing 25 of the region’s leading businesses from across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.

The North-based entrepreneurs will join 27 inspiring individuals from London and the South East, six entrepreneurs from the South West, 16 entrepreneurs from the Midlands and 24 entrepreneurs from Scotland.

The 31 shortlisted entrepreneurs from the North of England are:

Tony Hughes (Founder and CEO) – 4th Utility, Hale
Tiffany Thorn (CEO) – BiVictriX Therapeutics plc, Alderley Edge
Michael Ribaudo (CEO) and Andy Pinnington (Chairman) – CyberIAM Holdings Limited, Ellesmere Port
Dan Martin (Chief Executive) – Elmtronics Ltd (Trading as Mer),Consett
Jamal Tahlil (Director), Edgar Chibaka (Director) and Simon Alderson (CEO) – First Response Group, Leeds
Jordan Appleson (Founder and CEO) – Hark, Leeds
Andrew Minnock (CEO) – Helios, Alderley Edge

Gary Favell (CEO) – International Leisure Group (American Golf), Warrington
Robin Skidmore (Founder and CEO) – Journey Further Limited, Leeds
Brenda McLeish OBE (CEO) – Learning Curve Group, Durham
Jonathan Koslover (Managing Director) and Debbie Falconer (Managing Director) – Manchester Fertility Services Ltd, Cheadle
Steve Watmough (CEO) and Paul Pugh (Director of Consulting) – Mason Advisory Limited, Salford
James Sharpe (Co-Founder and Managing Director) – My Fabulosa Limited, Nantwich
Christy Foster (Managing Director) – Online4baby, Oldham
Liz Ashall-Payne (Founding CEO) – ORCHA, Daresbury
Jack Sutcliffe (CEO) and Simon Hobson (Director) – Powersheds Ltd, Bradford
Dave Stevinson (CEO) – QBS Technology Group Limited, Alderley Edge
Brinsley Sheridan (Director) – RE:GEN Group Ltd, Durham
Anna Sutton (CEO and Co-Founder) – The Data Shed Ltd, Leeds
Sanjay Vadera (CEO) – The Fragrance Shop, (Chairman) – Per-Scent, Manchester
Ben Booth (CEO) – Trivoni Software Limited (Trading as MaxContact), Ardwick
Simon Taylor (CEO) – Uinsure Holdings Limited, Manchester
Paul Hallett (Founder and CEO) – Vet AI Ltd, Leeds
Frank Barrett (CEO) – Woodall Nicholson Holdings, Bolton
Bobby Thandi (Founder and CEO) – XR Games, Leeds

Ben Wildsmith
Ben Wildsmith
Ben Wildsmith, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner Sponsor in in the North said:
“The innovation, leadership and positive societal contribution made by entrepreneurs plays an important role inspiring the next generation of business leaders, today and tomorrow.

“It’s great to welcome this year’s North regional finalists into our entrepreneurial community and to see the range of different industries represented. The innovation shown by these individuals is vital to fuelling growth in the local economy, creating jobs and helping to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit in the North of England.

“The Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme continues to celebrate the best of the UK’s leading entrepreneurial talent, recognising innovators from across the country, and creating a community of unstoppable entrepreneurs that are positively impacting people and their communities whilst leaving a lasting business legacy.”

Victoria Price, EY’s UK Private Tax Leader and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner Lead, added: “Entrepreneurs have and always will be the beating heart of the UK’s economy. The fact this year’s programme has been so tough is testament to the way in which business leaders up and down the country have responded to the challenges posed by the current landscape. Our regional judges have an extremely difficult task ahead of them.”

This year, 104 entrepreneurs have been shortlisted as regional finalists across the UK, coming from a vast array of sectors – from technology to healthcare and many more in between. These finalists will seek to emulate the success of Matthew Scullion, 2021’s Entrepreneur Of The Year UK and CEO of Manchester-based Matillion, a firm which created 180 jobs and achieved unicorn status last year. In June, Matthew will go on to represent the UK at EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2022 in Monaco.

Four regional judging panels will convene at the end of May, with national finalists set to be announced in September before moving onto national judging days in October. The overall winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK will be revealed in November 2022.