As the UK continues to celebrate its entrepreneurial talent, a new award scheme is focusing on the food and drink sector, the Investec Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year
The UK has been enjoying a renaissance in food and drink for some years now so it is wholly appropriate that the people driving it, the artisans, the drinks producers, the brewers, the jam makers, the purveyors of street food, all have the chance of recognition through these awards, in partnership with the Business is GREAT Britain campaign.
These awards celebrate both established and up and coming talent in this thriving sector and give entrants the opportunity to tell their story.
There are a number of categories
to choose from providing a wide range of options for entrepreneurs with businesses with turnover up to £20m and under, to best newcomer and young entrepreneur under the age of 30. It is free to enter and the closing date is midnight 12th September 2014.
The overall winner and category winners will be announced at an evening reception in central London on Thursday 6th November 2014. The winner will take home £5,000, along with high profile press coverage opportunities as well as an invitation to participate in Business is GREAT Britain roadshow.
The panel of judges
is an impressive mix of entrepreneurs who have shown great success in their fields and include founder of Gu Puds, James Averdieck; Lady Bamford, founder owner of Daylesford Organics; Julian Metcalfe, founder of Itsu and co-founder Pret a manger; Chantal Coady of Rococo Chocolates; Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of Eden Project in Cornwall; Sahar Hashemi, co founder of Coffee Republic; Iqbal Wahhah, founder of London restaurants The Cinammon Club amongst other leading lights.
So the upshot is if you think your food or drink business has what it takes, make sure you enter the inaugural Investec Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year