Hailed as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in association with NatWest, has crowned 19 inspiring business innovators. Going away with two titles ‘(Silver) Eco Entrepreneur of the Year 2015’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Spark Special Merit Social Enterprise (UK) Entrepreneur of the Year’ was Grace Quantock, founder of Healing Boxes CIC.
Healing Boxes is a not-for-profit social enterprise which provides affordable and ethical gifts for those suffering with illness or anyone in need of a pick-me-up.
In its third year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, held at the Ballroom South Bank in London, celebrated another successful year of entrepreneurship in this country. The event was hosted by Oli Barrett and Caprice Bourret – both entrepreneurs themselves. A record number of applications were received this year across the 18 other categories, including ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’, ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year’, ‘E2E Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year’.
On winning, Grace Quantock said: “I am overjoyed to receive the news and feel utterly honoured and delighted. I hope that, through winning these awards, our work will be able to reach and support more people living with life challenges and continue to do as much social good as possible. I believe that although there is suffering in the world, there is also support, community, compassion, resilience – balm for hurting hearts – and I want to make it globally accessible”.
Quantock is also an award-winning international wellness expert, coach, author and motivational speaker and also founder of The Phoenix Fire Academy, a global coaching programme for those living with chronic illness. Disabled herself, she set up as an eco-entrepreneur with the sole aim of empowering people to thrive despite disability or illness.
One of Britain’s most recognised and successful entrepreneurs, Lord Sugar, had this to say about entrepreneurship: “Britain is known to have generated a whole host of entrepreneurs. We must continue and be proud to celebrate entrepreneurship in Britain. It generates new ideas and concepts and in turn it generates employment and prosperity for our country.”
Nick James, founder of Fresh Business Thinking and co-founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, commented: “As a society we benefit massively from entrepreneurs; they create wealth, employment, they invest in community projects and many choose to ‘pay it forward’ by investing in other entrepreneurs whether with money, time or both. Entrepreneurs might be the fire-starters but I think that the most important characteristic of an entrepreneur is not just the wherewithal and passion to start the fire – but the energy to keep it burning brightly.”