EY has announced this year’s shortlisted regional finalists for the Entrepreneur Of the Year ™ 2022 UK programme. The finalists include 16 entrepreneurs from the Midlands, representing 15 of the region’s leading businesses, who will now go on to compete for the UK title.
The Midlands-based entrepreneurs will join 27 inspiring individuals from London and the South East, six entrepreneurs from the South West, 31 entrepreneurs from the North of England and 24 entrepreneurs from Scotland.
The 16 shortlisted Midlands-based entrepreneurs are:
- Amrit Chandan, CEO of Aceleron, Bromsgrove
- Jamie Mitchell, founder of Low6, Solihull
- Edward Lovett, CEO of The Collecting Group Limited, UK-wide
- Tina Warner-Keogh and Tom Warner, co-founder and co-founder and CEO of Warner’s Distillery, Northamptonshire
- James Haslam, CEO of Calztec Limited, Bromsgrove
- Christopher Woods, CEO and founder of CyberQ Group, Birmingham
- Melissa Snover, CEO and founder of Rem3dy Health ltd, Birmingham
- Malek Rahimi, Managing Director of BDR Group, Stratford upon Avon
- Gurdev Mattu, Managing Director of Fashion UK Ltd, Leicester
- Nick Moutter, CEO of MOOT, Stafford
- Jitha Singh, Managing Director of Corrugated Box Supplies Limited t/a CBS Packaging Group, West Bromwich
- Paul Cox, CEO of Reconomy UK Ltd, Telford
- Jonathan Evans, CEO and chairman of Ash & Lacy Holdings Ltd, West Bromwich
- Jason Yates, owner and Managing Director of CST Pharma Group Holdings Ltd, Walsall
- Oliver Waring, CEO of Reflex Vehicle Hire Limited, Loughborough
Chris Romans, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK partner sponsor in the Midlands, 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 the Midlands 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.”
Victoria Price, EY’s UK private tax leader and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK partner lead, 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, coming from a vast array of sectors – from technology to healthcare and many more in between. 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.
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.