Lee Chambers, founder of Preston-based company Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, has triumphed at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021, taking home the trophy for Service Entrepreneur of the Year for the North West Region. Despite being up against highly regarded and well-established competitors, they were selected by the judges to win on the evening, much to the surprise of both Lee and his supporters.
Chambers, who has recently won awards regionally for his work with Essentialise, was commended for his resilience through challenges, ferocious entrepreneurial spirit, and desire to create social impact through every business interaction. Other winners on the evening included Philip Belamant of Zilch, Cas Paton of OnBuy.com and Jimmy Hill of Hairbust.
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 this year’s cohort: “It was fantastic to hear so many inspiring business stories after 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."
Anne Boden MBE, founder of Starling Bank, headline partner of the Awards, said: “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.”
When asked about winning his category, Lee Chambers said, “I’m still struggling to find the words to explain how I feel about being recognised on such a big stage. I know it’s the awards, from an entrepreneurs perspective, that is the gold standard in the UK, so I’m overjoyed and overwhelmed at winning, especially given how we have only just started, and it was our first time entering and attending. When the dust settles and I’ve had the time to process everything, I think I will be extremely proud, and even more determined to keep delivering high-quality wellbeing to those that need it the most.”
With 2022 almost upon us, big things are in the pipeline for the bespoke wellbeing company that assists SME’s with strategy and delivery, and scooping this coveted award is another step on that ambitious journey. They will also be launching their new, updated website in the New Year.
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