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EY reveals region's leading entrepreneurs in award shortlist

Annual scheme celebrates business talent with chance to represent Midlands at UK finals

Adrian Roberts, EY partner and entrepreneur of the year leader for the Midlands

The shortlist for an annual awards scheme which recognises the region's finest entrepreneurs has been unveiled.

A total of 28 people from 23 companies have been named in EY's Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

EY said the group of businesses has collectively grown by 27 per cent over the past year, delivered a combined £1.1 billion of revenue and employs more than 6,400 people.

The Midlands final will be held on June 17 at Opus restaurant, in Birmingham, with regional winners automatically going forward to the national finals in October and the chance to represent the UK at a global awards ceremony in June 2015.

The full shortlist is:

Jeremy Nesbitt, Affordable Warmth Solutions

Steve Morris, APSU

Willie Paterson, Asset Alliance

Mark Kerridge, Benson Box Co

Brian Murray, Boss Design Group

Ian Andrews, Dee Set

Martyn Rees and Will Rees, Direct Online Services

Jonathan Short, ECO Plastics

Wayne Martin, GCI

Alan Barratt and Juliet Barratt, Grenade

Karl Hick, Larkfleet Group

Peter Davenport, Motiva Group

Michael Lilley, My Time CIC

Guy Mucklow and Jamie Turner, Postcode Anywhere

John Sutton and David Whitehouse, Pure Staff

Nigel Curry, Rhead Group

Stuart Bell, Right Track Social Enterprise

Andy Pendlebury, RTC Group

Andy Metcalfe and Steve Speller, Speller Metcalfe

Jean Jarvis, MBE, The Furniture Scheme

Michael Parry, Torus Measurement Systems

Adam Shaw, Uniting Ambition

Craig Errington, Wesleyan Assurance Society

 

Adrian Roberts, EY partner and entrepreneur of the year leader for the Midlands, said: "This year's finalists are growing their businesses and making a significant contribution to the UK economy.

"EY is passionate about recognising successful entrepreneurs in the Midlands and it's crucial we continue to recognise and support these entrepreneurial business leaders.

"They lay the foundations for job and wealth creation and have a critical role to play in our region's economic expansion."

The judging panel is chaired by Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis and chairman of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

He will joined by Paul Bassi, chief executive of Real Estate Investors; Paul Thandi, chief executive of the NEC Group; Alan Jackson, chairman of Intercity Telecom; Matt Upton, director of ISIS Equity Partners; Karen Lowthrop, chief executive of Hill Holt Wood; Graham Whitworth, chairman and group chief executive of Sprue Aegis; and Peter Chinnery, independent retail consultant.

The 2014 programme is sponsored by Credit Suisse.

 
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