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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year regional finalists named  

By Harry Whittle
12 May 2022

EY has announced the Entrepreneur Of the Year 2022 regional finalists and the Southeast is well represented.

Finalists in the UK wide programme include 27 entrepreneurs from London and the South East, representing 25 businesses, who will now contest the UK final.

The local entrepreneurs join 16 inspiring individuals from the Midlands, six entrepreneurs from the South West, 31 entrepreneurs from the North of England and 24 entrepreneurs from Scotland.

The 27 shortlisted London and South East-based entrepreneurs are:

  • Darren Thomas, CEO of Aker Systems, Bicester
  • Jonathan Petrides, Founder of allplants Ltd, London
  • Mark Kotter, CEO and Founder of Bit bio, Cambridge
  • Chris Edson, CEO of Second Nature, London
  • Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO of what3words, London
  • Philip Belamant, CEO and Co-Founder of Zilch Technology Limited, London
  • Matthew Parker, CEO of Babble Cloud Limited, UK-wide
  • Andrew Broster, CEO and Founder of Broster Buchanan Ltd, UK-wide
  • Alex Wright and Jack Scott, Directors of Dash Brands Ltd, London
  • Rupert Cruise, Co-Founder & Technical Director of Magway, Wembley
  • Alex Depledge, CEO of Resi, London
  • James Henderson, CEO of Zephr, London
  • Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb Ltd, London
  • Hannah Donaldson, CEO of Connected Kerb Ltd, London
  • Vishal Marria, CEO and Founder of Quantexa, London
  • Timo Boldt, CEO and Founder of SCA Investments Limited, London
  • Kishore Sankla, CEO of Solutions4Health, Reading
  • Peter Waddell, CEO of Big Motoring World, South East
  • Anushika Brogan, Managing Director of Damira Dental Studios Limited, South East
  • Mark Ryder, Director of Lamex Food Group, Hertfordshire
  • Matthew Lloyd, CEO and Founder of Omniplex (Group) Ltd, Hertfordshire
  • Iain McNeil, CEO of Slitherine Limited, Epsom, Surrey
  • Trevor Bissett, Managing Director of Caps Cases, Newmarket
  • Chris Knox and Lucy Knox, CEO and CFO of Insensys Ltd, Fareham, Hampshire
  • Aurelien Mottier, CEO and Co-founder of Operatix, London

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

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

“The programme continues to celebrate the best of the UK’s 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.”

Gareth Anderson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner Sponsor for the South East, 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, across a vast array of sectors. 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.

Alan Hooks, Head of Private Clients at Julius Baer International Limited, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Headline Sponsor said: “Julius Baer is delighted to be Headline Sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme for the second year and we have seen yet again a truly inspirational group of entrepreneurs in the 2022 cohort.  Our warmest congratulations to this year’s finalists and we look forward to following their progress through this prestigious programme.”

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.

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