Entrepreneur Awards supported by Octopus, Springboard

Our Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the fantastic entrepreneurs across the UK who have thrived during the last year, for example, by starting or growing a business, supporting their local community or adapting to become more sustainable.

The pandemic has brought out the very best from our world-leading entrepreneurs in the most challenging conditions. As we’ve all seen first-hand, in the news or on social media, businesses have found ways to start, grow, innovate and support our communities.

By giving these inspiring role models a platform, we hope to encourage others who want to start a business by showing them the possibilities are endless.

How it works

We’re asking Members of Parliament to nominate local entrepreneurs in their constituency who they feel deserve recognition.

Winners will have the unique opportunity to receive £5,000 worth of scale up advice from experts within Octopus. The winners will be invited to attend a virtual meeting with their MPs to celebrate the thriving entrepreneurial community and spirit in the UK.

This years winners will be chosen by a panel of parliamentarians and entrepreneurs. This includes Katherine Fletcher MP, who set up her own business prior to becoming an MP, Jimmy McLoughlin OBE, Presenter of Jimmy’s Jobs of the Future podcast, Karen Taylor, Founder of Parent Cloud, Seema Malhotra MP Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers, Darren Jones MP, Chair of the The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and Octopus founder Chris Hulatt.

Nominations for the Octopus, Springboard Awards 2022 are now closed.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all MPs who nominated businesses in their constituencies. Our judges are now reviewing all entries and the winners will be announced shortly.

If you have any questions about the awards or nominations, please contact the Octopus Springboard team at: [email protected].

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This years winners

Just Surf

Winner name: Max Harrington/Mike Shawley

Set up by two friends with a passion for surfing, Just Surf brings surfing equipment straight to holiday makers, transforming the surf-hire process in Newquay.


Winner name: Michael Casey

A sustainable online newspaper sharing good news and activities, groups and initiatives thriving in Harlow.

Last years’ winners

We launched our awards in 2021, find out more about our previous winners

Cooper King Distillery

Winner name: Dr Abbie Neilson and Christopher Jaume 

An independent distillery producing England’s first carbon-negative gin. Their self-built distillery is powered by 100% green energy.

Prestige Furniture Art 

Winner name: Shane Jones and Dean Jones

Handmade furniture business that uses locally sourced materials and recycled materials to ensure a low carbon footprint.

UK Springboard

We’re calling on the government to launch a UK-wide ‘Springboard scheme’ to support new business creation and long-term job growth.

Karen Taylor with her child reading