1st for EPA Triumphs at The Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Helen Shinner, Founder of 1st for EPA, has been awarded Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year for the North East at The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Recognised annually as one of the most prestigious accolades in the entrepreneurial world, The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards received over 5,000 applications this year alone.

A Triumph in a Highly Competitive Field

Making the shortlist is an achievement in its own right given the calibre of competition, underlining the significance of 1st for EPA’s win.

Previous winner James Watt, founder of BrewDog, said that winning was “better than winning the World Cup.” Steven Bartlett has gone as far as to dub the awards “The Grammys of Entrepreneurship,” highlighting the glamour and prestige associated with the event.

The judges commented:

“Helen and 1st for EPA present a meaningful story and business that serves an important market. Their remarkable progress is evident, and they have made a significant impact. This is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Francesca James, founder of The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:

“This year’s winners’ success stories are a testament to the dynamic and innovative spirit that thrives within UK entrepreneurship. These inspiring entrepreneurs embody the creativity, determination, and passion that are at the heart of our nation’s business success. Their accomplishments not only celebrate their own journeys but also light the way for future generations of innovators and business leaders.”

Richard Davies, CEO of Allica Bank, commented:

“It has been a real honour to sponsor this year’s GBEA awards. Hearing the inspiring stories from this year’s winners really brings to life the important contribution British entrepreneurs make to our economy.”

About 1st for EPA

1st for EPA is an end point assessment organisation (EPAO) that prides itself on working closely with training providers and apprentices. Its supportive approach has seen the company grow quickly, particularly within marketing and digital apprenticeships. 1st for EPA has won several business awards in the north east, and Helen Shinner was named in the Telegraph & NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch 2022.

About the Awards

The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards aim to discover and recognise the brilliance within the entrepreneurial business community across the UK.

The Awards have a strong track record of identifying exceptional entrepreneurs across nine nations and regions before they become household names. The awards are judged by a panel of some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, including the founders of Specsavers, Poundland, and Innocent.

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