Lee Chambers, the British psychologist and director of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, has made the shortlist as a finalist for the Service Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The highly respected awards have seen nearly 5000 entrepreneurs come forward to claim victory in one of sixteen categories, making the competition more challenging than in previous years.
First held in 2013, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards was created to highlight the determination and inspiring journeys of entrepreneurs and businesses from across the United Kingdom.
The Awards have celebrated some innovative entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names. Previous winners include the founders of Grenade, Tangle Teezer, The LAD Bible, Clearscore & The Cambridge Satchel Company.
Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have seen some incredible finalists over the years, and this year is no exception. It really is one of the strongest shortlists we’ve ever had, and the fact that so many exceptional people have applied during such a tough year is a testament to the resolve and entrepreneurial talent that exists across the UK.
“As well as the recognition, our finalists and eventual winners will join our fantastic alumni community that supports each other all year round. From networking and thought leadership, right the way through to mentoring and guidance – being a part of our ecosystem of entrepreneurs can be incredibly rewarding.
“Creating the shortlist out of so many wonderful applications was incredibly tough, so I don’t envy the judges who will now decide the regional winners. Everyone who has been shortlisted should be incredibly proud and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase their achievements.”
Anne Boden MBE, founder of Starling Bank, headline partner for the Awards, said: “The events of the past year have touched everyone, be it through the health of friends and family, the isolation of restrictions or the wider impact on our livelihoods. However, businesses are made of people, and it’s the incredible fortitude, determination and innovation of people like those shortlisted, that has helped our regions survive, and in some cases thrive.
“At Starling, we’re proud to be working with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and help champion the individuals who will lead the charge and shape our future economy as the nation looks to build back better and stronger.”
Lee Chambers, psychologist and founder of Essentialise, said: “It is a pleasant surprise to be in the running for an award that is both prestigious and highly regarded. Given we are in the early stages of our business, we were not expecting to be in this position, especially when we consider the competition we are up against. Despite this, the recognition is a wonderful boost after a year full of challenges, and we will be giving our whole story to the judges and showing our journey in an engaging way.”
It is the intention of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to hold live in-person regional finals. We will be closely monitoring updates from the Westminster, Scottish and Welsh governments in the coming weeks and will make further announcements as soon as possible.
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