Finalists announced for 2015 National Business Awards

Over 140 of Britain’s leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have today been revealed as finalists for the 2015 National Business Awards, including 10 companies shortlisted for the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

National Business Awards

The finalists for this award are:

  • Angela Wilson, Angela’s Swim School
  • Chris Underwood, Choosic
  • Pletko Plachkov, Commuter Club
  • Solveiga Pakštaitė, Design By Sol Ltd.
  • Simon Brown, ForrestBrown Limited
  • Avin Rabheru, HouseKeep
  • Sarah Bale, Kernow Ed Ltd.
  • Elizabeth Eagle-Simbeye, Kitsch Media Group
  • Joe Carnell, UGOT UK
  • Cassandra Harris, Venturespring

Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading, judges will look at how initial targets and KPI’s have been exceeded, the vision for growth, and the founder’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

Sarah Bale, Director of Kernow Ed Ltd, one of the shortlisted companies in this category , has said: “Kernow Ed are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted, It has made all the hard work worth it, we are looking forward to have the chance to inspire other entrepreneurs to have a go, take the plunge get into business, it can be done, Thank you NBA.”

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to expert juries who will decide the overall winners that will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 10 November.

This year’s finalists represent award categories such as The Grichan Partnerships Sustainable Business Award, The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award and the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year Award.

Avin Rabheru, CEO & Founder of Housekeep, another of this categories’ finalists has said: “It’s been an exciting first 18 months here at Housekeep, growing from launch to thousands of customers, and we’re pleased to see this progress reflected in our nomination for this award. We’re looking forward to scaling even more quickly in the next 18 months.”

An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a coveted National Business Award.  The scale of the finalists is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people.

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “To recognise and reward some of the leaders of the UK’s newest, up and coming businesses is an essential category at the National Business Awards. Limiting entrants to those that have been trading for no more than 18 months ensures we are catching the most recent businesses in the UK.

Visit for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 10 November 2015.

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