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EY announces its Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists

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12 May 2022

Accountancy firm EY has announced the finalists in the Entrepreneur Of The Year competition.

In the South West, the six finalists include Martin Bysh and Paul Dodd, CEO and CTO of Huboo Technologies Limited, Bristol along with Jeremy Chelot, Founder and CEO of Netomnia, Tewkesbury.

In London and the South East the 27 finalists include Darren Thomas, CEO of Aker Systems, Bicester, and Kishore Sankla, CEO of Solutions4Health, Reading.

And in the Midlands, the 16 finalists include Amrit Chandan, CEO of Aceleron, Bromsgrove, Jamie Mitchell, Founder of Low6, Solihull, James Haslam, CEO of Calztec Limited, Bromsgrove, and Malek Rahimi, Managing Director of BDR Group, Stratford upon Avon.

Elsa Littlewood, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK Partner sponsor in the South West and Wales, said: “The innovation, leadership and positive societal contribution made by entrepreneurs plays an important role in inspiring the next generation of business leaders, today and tomorrow.

“The innovation shown by these individuals in leading their businesses is vital to fuelling growth in the local economy, creating jobs and helping to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit across the region.

“The programme continues to celebrate the best of the UK’s entrepreneurial talent, recognising innovators from across the country, and creating a community of unstoppable entrepreneurs that are positively impacting people and their communities whilst leaving a lasting business legacy.”

Victoria Price, EY’s UK private tax leader and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK partner lead (pictured) added: “Entrepreneurs have and always will be the beating heart of the UK’s economy.

"The fact this year’s programme has been so tough is testament to the way in which business leaders up and down the country have responded to the challenges posed by the current landscape. Our regional judges have an extremely difficult task ahead of them.”

This year, 104 entrepreneurs have been shortlisted as regional finalists across the UK, coming from a vast array of sectors – from technology to healthcare and many more in between.

These finalists will seek to emulate the success of Matthew Scullion, 2021’s Entrepreneur Of The Year UK and CEO of Manchester-based Matillion, a firm which created 180 jobs and achieved unicorn status last year.

In June, Matthew will go on to represent the UK at EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 in Monaco.

Four regional judging panels will convene at the end of May, with national finalists set to be announced in September before moving onto national judging days in October. The overall winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK will be revealed in November 2022.


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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