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The Scottish regional winners of the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards have been revealed.
The scale-up entrepreneur of the year award for established entrepreneurs who’ve experienced rapid growth went to Chitresh Sharma of Swipii Labs Ltd.
The Eagle Labs Innovation Award went to Colin Hewitt of Float and John Peebles of Administrate. This award was for lab residents making an impact through digital innovation.
The award for social entrepreneur of the year for entrepreneurs delivering transformative, social or environmental change went to Alex Papanikolaou of Freedom One Life.
Bob Keiller CBE was awarded ‘Icon of the Year' which is awarded to prominent entrepreneurs leading the way for existing and future entrepreneurs.
The international expansion of the year award for high growth businesses growing beyond the UK at pace went to TAG Digital of Laura Davidson.
Launched in 2016, the awards are a celebration of Barclays’ most innovative entrepreneurs and businesses and are judged by a panel of regional and national experts from the wider entrepreneurial eco-system. The programme enables Barclays colleagues to nominate clients and recognise their entrepreneurial successes, leadership and positive impact on the community.
Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland, Barclays, commented: “It’s great to celebrate Scottish business successes through our Entrepreneur Awards and give recognition to the entrepreneurs and start-ups who are progressing and excelling in their fields. Scotland is an extremely dynamic and attractive market for businesses of all sizes – especially scale-ups and entrepreneurs – and these awards showcase the valuable contribution these businesses make to the Scottish economy.
“Now in its third year, the awards programme has proved a valuable and influential business contest with fierce competition across the country. Entrepreneurs play a critical role in Scottish industry, with innovative services and products, helping to stimulate economic growth and create jobs across the country.”
Regional winners from seven UK areas will now progress to the final, national stage of judging, with overall winners announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.