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13th November 2018


Semi Finalists announced for Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Semi Finalists announced for Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award

06 Nov 2014

*Semi finalists to pitch live on 24  June 2014, St George’s Hall, Liverpool
*HRH The Duke of York to open event*
*Vonage Lead Supporter of the award* 
*Judges include Betfair co founder, startup accelerator, nails inc founder*  
*Register for your chance to attend

Today, ten semi finalists have been announced for the National Business Awards Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award. They will now present a three minute pitch to an expert panel of judges and live audience in Liverpool on 24 June 2014. 

The ten Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year semi finalists are: 

  • Jamie Clarke, BioDome Systems Ltd / Essex
  • Leanne Morris, Carter Morris Talent Solutions / London
  • Richard Llewellyn, Forell Ltd / Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Emma Cerrone, Free:Formers / London
  • Alistair Smit, The Magic Thermodynamic Box / Essex
  • Ben Weaver, Outlook Publishing Ltd / Norfolk
  • Vivian Chan, Sparrho (Distylled Ltd) / Cambridge & London
  • Soraya Bahrami, Toucan Fruit / London
  • Kathryn Birch, Translive Global / Leeds
  • Jay Radia, Yieldify / London

Each semi finalist will present a pitch on their business model, key achievements and elements underpinning future growth to a panel of judges and an audience of NBA Alumni and partners, investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and media. 

The judging panel will include Ed Wray, co-founder of Betfair, Charmaine Eggberry, former Wayra director and CEO of Plan B Consulting, Thea Green, nails inc founder, Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamson and Simon Burckhardt, Managing Director of Vonage UK. The panel will select five finalists based on pre-supplied entry forms, pitches and responses to questions from the panel and audience. The overall winner will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and a public vote. 

The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises those demonstrating the entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition and drive to build a successful enterprise. Judges will focus on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading. 

Vonage, a leading provider of internet telephony for small businesses, and Lead Supporter of the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has partnered with the National Business Awards to find and recognise the best first-time business founders. They will provide each finalist with access to their products and services. 

Alex Evans, Programme Director for the National Business Awards said: “On the 24th June, ten of Britain’s best founders will gain recognition for the success of their new ventures. While only five will go forward to a public vote to choose a single winner, all ten could find the help they need to grow their business from an audience of investors, advisors, peers, and enablers. It will also provide a rare opportunity for the business community to participate in the judging of this prestigious award – designed in partnership with HRH The Duke of York and supported by Vonage UK.”

Simon Burckhardt, Managing Director of Vonage UK said: “Entrepreneurs and micro-businesses are the back-bone of this economy and as such we are proud to be the Lead Supporter of The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This is the first year of the award and we were thrilled to see such variety among the semi-finalists. I am excited to hear what they each have to say during the live pitch in Liverpool and wish them all the best.”

Semi-finalists will also benefit from face to face presentation coaching to hone their three minute pitch – provided by Mike Southon, Business Ambassador and Entrepreneur Mentor for the City of Liverpool and enabled by Cisco’s regional NVI centres. All registered attendees will be invited to trial a new web-based networking app to connect before, during and after the event, provided by

Recognising enterprise excellence, innovation and ethics, the thirteenth annual National Business Awards will celebrate a range of achievements through 17 award categories – the winners will be revealed on 11 November 2014. 

To find out more and for your chance to attend the event in Liverpool visit the National Business Awards website 

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The National Business Awards ceremony takes place 11 November 2014 at The Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. 


For further information or interview opportunities contact:

Rachel Branigan
Head of Communications 
Tel: 0207 955 3843

About the National Business Awards 
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.  Now in its 13th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.

Categories include - 
 The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year
The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year
The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year
The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The Digital Business of the Year
The New Business of the Year
The Customer Focus Award
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award
The Social Enterprise of the Year
The Corporate Citizenship Award
The Innovation Award
The Growth Business of the Year
The Employer of the Year
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year

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About UBM Live
The National Business Awards is organised by UBM Live. UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.   Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About Vonage 
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting individuals through cloud-connected devices worldwide. The technology serves approximately 2.4 million subscribers worldwide. It provides feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use for both landlines and now smartphones via the Vonage Extensions app. Vonage offers popular features like call waiting, call forwarding, anonymous call block and visual voicemail at no additional cost. And for those who are heavy international callers, Vonage World Option offers unlimited call to over 60 countries. 




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