Entrepreneurs Shine in New Year Honours List

The 2016 New Year Honours List rewarded an impressive clutch of entrepreneurs who shone across a wide range of sectors from fashion to financial and retail to restaurants.

If you know anyone who you feel might deserve an honour, we would be happy to give you a free assessment of their chances of success. Simply call us now on +44 (0)1444 230130 or email enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk. Here’s a selection of recipients:

Jacqueline Gold CBE  – CEO of Ann Summers. For services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise. In the wake of legendary businessman David Gold, Jacqueline has transformed Anne Summers over three decades into a multi-million-pound empire with more than 140 stores in the UK and internationally. An app is in the pipeline too. She is also a fervent campaigner for women in the workplace.

Samir Desai CBECo-founder and CEO of Funding Circle, the small business peer-to-peer lender. For services to financial services. Desai has overseen Funding Circle’s rapid growth to facilitate an estimated $1.8bn of loans to more than 15,000 global businesses to date. The platform enjoys some 45,000 investors, both individuals and institutions, including the government backed British Business Bank.

Simon Devonshire OBE (pictured above) – Co-founder of Wayra Europe and former entrepreneur-in-residence at the Department of Business Innovation & Skills. For services to enterprise, enterprise promotion and humanitarian issues. Simon has helped approximately 300 digital companies through business accelerator Wayra Europe. Simon’s outstanding humanitarian work with the charity One Water has also been recognised. Simon has been instrumental in the charity’s push for cleaner water in Africa with over £10m raised.

Robin Rowland OBEChief Executive of YO! Sushi. For services to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Robin joined YO! Sushi in 1999 as CEO. Four years later Robin lead a management buyout of the restaurant and has since overseen YO! Sushi’s succession from a single store to a high street stalwart, with more than 75 outlets across the UK.

Rekha Mehr MBEFounder of Pistachio Rose. For services to entrepreneurship and enterprise. Rekha is an impressive name on the enterprise scene. In 2013 she was appointed as the first Startup entrepreneur-in-residence for the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills. She has been recognised with an MBE for managing her own start-up while acting as a voice for the start-up community around her.

Call us now on +44 (0)1444 230130 or email enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk if you think a friend, family member or business contact may fit the bill and be in line for a gong, we’ll will give you all the advice and guidance you need.