2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious business awards. Entering the UK programme will provide an opportunity for you to showcase your talents and celebrate your success.

The award is open to entrepreneur-led businesses whether private or listed, socially orientated, family-owned or private equity backed, across all commercial and industrial sectors. 

Moving into its 29th year globally and 17th year in the UK The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme has built quite a reputation. The award is now held in more than 145 cities across 60 countries worldwide. 

The programme starts locally in your region with interviews, a regional judging panel and celebration event where winners are announced including the overall regional Entrepreneur Of The Year.  All regional winners then progress to compete at the UK finals where the eventual overall UK winner then joins the other global country winners in Monte Carlo to vie for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Entering the awards will help you:

  • Reflect on your current strategy and set your vision for future growth
  • Enhance your personal and business profile through increased PR coverage
  • Network with an influential community of business leaders 
  • Gain access to key insights, thought leadership and leading events for entrepreneurs
  • If successful, you also get the opportunity to enhance your credentials through the use of the Entrepreneur Of The Year logo

Categories/Entry Criteria


The business leader will run a social enterprise that trades for social and/or environmental purposes.

As with all businesses, the social enterprise competes to deliver goods and services but is distinctive because its social and/or environmental purpose is absolutely central to what it does.

The social enterprise is a viable trading organisation and needs to make a profit to be sustainable. It is not driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. Its profits are reinvested in the business or are invested in the community to sustain and further their mission for positive change.

Importantly, it does not solely rely on income from grants, donations or other charitable sources.


The business leader should have the passion, vision and the drive to succeed. They should be a compelling leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and who isn’t afraid to take risks to drive their business forward.

The business leader risks a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options.

The business leader needs to be responsible for their company’s success and will have been in post a minimum of two years as of 1 January 2015.

The business leader must be based or have their chief operations in the UK and be incorporated for two years as of 1 January 2015.

Key Dates

March – Entry deadline: 6 March

April – Regional finalists announced

May – Regional Judges’ Reception and Masterclass

11 May: Midlands

14 May: Scotland

19 May: North

21 May: London & South

June – Regional Awards Dinners: UK finalists announced

16 June: Midlands

18 June: London & South

23 June: North

25 June: Scotland

September – UK Judges reception and Masterclass: 10 September

October – UK Award ceremony: UK overall winner announced: 5 October

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