Two Scottish companies win at UK-wide entrepreneur awards

Two Scottish businesses win at UK-wide entrepreneur awards

Two Scottish companies have been honoured on the EY Entrepreneur of the Yr 2019 UK awards final night time successful the Scale Up and Transformational Chief classes.

PG Paper founder Poonam Gupta, who was beforehand named Scottish Entrepreneur of the Yr, gained the Scale Up award in final night time’s remaining.


The judges praised her entrepreneurial strategy which has given her the flexibility ‘to adapt her companies to alternatives shortly and effectively, permitting it to repeatedly develop in sure areas regardless of a decline within the paper market.’

Gupta’s story is well-known, having began her enterprise from her kitchen desk with solely £1000 in capital. Regardless of private hurdles alongside the best way, she developed relationships with a few of the world’s largest paper mills in Europe, Asia and North America and is exporting paper to 55 international locations. The judges concluded: “A real serial entrepreneur, it’s inside her DNA.”

Textile manufacturing enterprise J&D Wilkie’s Granier was awarded within the Transformational Chief class.

Having joined what’s a a household enterprise whereas solely in his late twenties, he was recognised by judges for ‘coming into a enterprise that was challenged and going backwards, and he has injected new life into it’.


Judges commented: “He’s very entrepreneurial in his strategy and places the consumer on the coronary heart of all he does. He demonstrates innovation, drive and the flexibility to disrupt. The contracts that JC is now successful will remodel the enterprise.”

Steven Jackson OBE DL, Founding father of Recycling Lives, a industrial metallic and waste recycling enterprise in Preston, gained general UK Entrepreneur Of The Yr and can characterize the UK at EY World Entrepreneur Of The Yr in Monaco subsequent 12 months.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Yr Scotland Chief Mike Timmins stated: “It was an awesome end result final night time for Scotland’s enterprise neighborhood, with two out of the six winners coming from our Scottish finalists.

“All our Scottish finalists ought to be extraordinarily pleased with attending to the UK stage, and I’m particularly happy for Poonam and JC for his or her awards – very nicely deserved winners. All our winners and finalists have displayed excellence of their area and are function fashions of the distinctive entrepreneurial expertise we now have in Scotland – we have a good time each one in all them.

Nice imaginative and prescient and technique have been central to the success of those inspirational leaders, and regardless of the broader uncertainty in our native and international financial system, Scotland’s enterprise leaders have confirmed resilient, formidable and decided. They’re unstoppable, and lengthy might we help that.”


EY Entrepreneur Of The Yr Scotland was held in June at V&A Dundee, the place seven of Scotland’s most promising, pioneering and achieved enterprise leaders have been recognised. Scottish winners chosen to compete on the UK stage have been:

  • Total Winner – Poonam Gupta OBE, CEO PG Paper
  • Scale-up – Poonam Gupta OBE, CEO, PG Paper
  • Disruptor – Andrew Bissell, CEO, Sunamp
  • Societal Impression – Anderson Bakewell, founding director; Simon Erlanger, managing director; and Ron MacEachran, chairman, Isle of Harris Distillers
  • Sustained Excellence – Sandy Adam, chairman, Springfield Properties
  • Transformational Chief – Craig Anderson, CEO, The Scottish Salmon Firm
  • Transformational Chief – Jean-Christophe Granier, joint managing director, J&D Wilkie

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