Monthly Reflections – The Press Release from the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2017!


Shortlist for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Announced

It has just been announced that Cardiff based Massages for Pirates has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Massages for Pirates beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth 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 of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Gemma Parsons, Programme Executive at The Prince’s Trust said: ‘Sarah has been working with The Prince’s Trust for almost two years and has been a positive and motivated force the whole time. Sarah threw herself into business planning and her business has been running successfully now for a year. Sarah was put forward for and won the Cardiff Business Awards Enterprise Bursary, demonstrating a sustainable and community based business.

Speaking to ITV in a moving interview, Sarah explains how Asperger’s Syndrome has affected her, but how she now runs her own business and the positive impact this has had.

Sarah is now a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust which involves her speaking passionately to other young people looking to start a business or find their place in society, and we are thrilled to have her volunteering with The Trust!’

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 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: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able 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 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here:

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