Jo Fleming shortlisted for entrepreneur award

30th Aug

Jo Fleming, the cover star of BW issue 1, has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Jo, founder of Yorkshire Staffing Services and GB Recruitment, bettered some tough competition to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.
Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and most recently, Hannah and Sophie Pycroft of Spectrum Collections.
Jo said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.
“I grew up on a council estate and was a teenage mum. In fact, I had two children by the age of 20 and didn’t get my first real job until I was 27, but my story isn’t about turning my life around or changing who I am.
“It’s about how I have used all the experiences and challenges I have had to become a successful entrepreneur and it’s wonderful that the judges have recognised this.”
Creator of the awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”
“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”
Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at NatWest, said: “Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”
“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK economy as they start, scale and succeed.”
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at five gala finals across the UK, including: Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here:

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