Scotland’s entrepreneurial success stories celebrated at national awards

Scotland’s most inspiring entrepreneurs have been recognised at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021: The Finals.

Scotland’s entrepreneurial success stories celebrated at national awards

Ruari Fairbairns

In partnership with Starling Bank, the ceremony was held at Grosvenor House and saw 159 businesspeople recognised for their achievements, including 17 from across Scotland.

Scotland-based entrepreneur, Ruari Fairbairns was named as Entrepreneur for Good for Scotland.

The award marks the second year of recognition, for the co-founder and CEO of One Year No Beer, the behaviour change programme and online toolkit for surviving modern society alcohol-free.

Mr Fairbairns scooped the Entrepreneur for Good award for his business which has been supporting the nation, especially over the pandemic, which has been such a critical time for so many when it comes to alcohol consumption.

Ruari Fairbairns said: “ I am beyond delighted that both myself and OYNB have once again been recognised for its amazing work at these prestigious awards. The work we do supporting people and helping them to control their alcohol consumption is so important as ultimately this leads to them living better, healthier and happier lives.”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards launched in 2012 to celebrate the best of British enterprise, inviting founders from across the UK to apply with their entrepreneurial success stories.

This year, after having to hold the awards virtually in 2020, the organisers brought together all eight of their regional shortlists for the first time, with a guest list of 1,200 entrepreneurs, judges, mentors, investors and partners invited to the London celebration.

Over the last decade, the awards has celebrated some household names including Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co, Alan and Juliet Barratt of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer. Its most recent headline-grabbing success story is its previous winner, and speaker at this year’s event, Steven Bartlett, who in May was announced as the youngest ever Dragon on BBC’s Dragons Den

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts and leaders of influential UK businesses, including some of the prize winners from previous years.

Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, spoke highly of the entrepreneurial talent coming out of Scotland this year. She said: “It was fantastic to hear the inspiring stories from Scotland after such a difficult few years, and even better to have been able to invite all of our finalists to the in-person ceremony and celebrate together.

“With more than 1,200 people attending, the evening was a real snapshot of the UK economy. The winners were thoroughly deserving, overcoming some stiff competition from their fellow finalists, and we look forward to welcoming them into our alumni community and seeing what they do next. It’s always exciting to watch our previous winners go on to achieve amazing things and I don’t expect any less from this year’s award recipients, who we will support all the way.”

Anne Boden, founder of Starling Bank, headline partner of the Awards, added: “It is fantastic to see these worthy individuals being celebrated through these awards. We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best of luck with their future endeavours during these changing times.”

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