Welcomed by a fanfare from the Band of The Welsh Guards and presented by broadcaster and journalist Naga Munchetty, the Awards also welcomed The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, the Under Secretary of State for Defence at the MOD, as well as The First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones and General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence Personnel.
“I enjoyed the Awards Ceremony. It was a triumph. The quality of the citations, the categories, and the orchestration of a very complex programme were all first class. The effect was not only extremely professional but also great fun. Most importantly of course the veteran entrepreneurs themselves were made to feel really, really special! Congratulations on an outstanding evening”.
General Sir John McColl KCB,CBE,DSO
Chairman, Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR – Andrew Anderson – CEO, Celaton
LARGE COMPANY EMPLOYER – Barratt Developments plc
SMALL COMPANY EMPLOYER – Handy Heroes – Matt Hammond/Rich Hughes
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – Alex Matheson of Fuel10K Ltd
HEROPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes Ltd
MILITARY PARTNER IN BUSINESS AWARD – Suzy Olivier of Mama + Belle
START-UP OF THE YEAR– Matt Wells & David Wood for Frontgrid
THE VETERANS’ FOUNDATION AWARD – Richard Cullen for Deptherapy
WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL BURSURY – Iain Church of Moringa Miracles Ltd
“The Heropreneurs Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, and their dependants, in the world of business. The skills that people develop who serve this country in the Armed Forces are highly relevant to the world of business: leadership, resilience, and determination to name but a few. Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes is a great example to all military entrepreneurs of what can be achieved despite the injury that he suffered whilst serving in Afghanistan.”