PENNY WESTON, FOUNDER OF MADE, IS A FINALIST FOR THE 2018 GREAT BRITISH ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS

It has just been announced that Midlands based Penny Weston of Moddershall Oaks and Welcome to MADE has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year award.

Penny Weston beat off some tough competition in order 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.

‘I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for such a special award. I’ve been extremely proud of my work at Moddershall Oaks over the last 17 years from receptionist to Director, so starting this new chapter with the creation of my new business MADE is very exciting. Being recognised in this way makes all the hard work worthwhile.’

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 the finalists, 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 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.