Around 1,500 people joined the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020 virtual ceremony. It saw 135 awards handed to 135 founders of 110 businesses across 15 categories, and we’re delighted to announce that our CEO and co-founder, Husayn Kassai, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for London and the East of England.
Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank celebrates the incredible work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK.
The category recognises some of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurial talent and their ability to create business success that defies expectations of their age.
In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Entrepreneurs [have shown they] stay strong, even during a global pandemic. Coronavirus hasn’t stifled enterprise.
“Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year’s entries. And that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses.
“It’s my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you’ve done.”
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “Husayn has a wonderful entrepreneurial story and I’m delighted for him to win this award. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on what he does in the years to come and look forward to welcoming him to the community.”
Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said: “We’re entrepreneurs and we have spirit. We fight back and we’re very good at dealing with adversity. And Husayn is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world.
“I’m so excited that Starling, a business I founded in 2014 and now the Best British Bank, is sponsoring such an important Awards. And as one entrepreneur to another, congratulations to getting where you are this evening and best of luck for the future.”
The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events.