Faye Renshaw

Head of International Accounts, Boost Awards

Awards Spotlight – Barclays Entrepreneur Awards

As part of our Awards Spotlight series highlighting the most credible UK business awards to enter, Faye Renshaw from Boost put Barclays Entrepreneur Awards organiser, Juliet Rogan, in the hot seat to find out more about the scheme and the benefits of entering.

For the benefit of those new to your scheme can you explain in a single sentence what the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards are about?

In a nutshell we’re about celebrating the success of talented, up and coming British businesses to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.

  

Juliet Rogan

Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs Coverage, Barclays

Faye Renshaw

Head of International Accounts, Boost Awards

Awards Spotlight – Barclays Entrepreneur Awards

As part of our Awards Spotlight series highlighting the most credible UK business awards to enter, Faye Renshaw from Boost put Barclays Entrepreneur Awards organiser, Juliet Rogan, in the hot seat to find out more about the scheme and the benefits of entering.

For the benefit of those new to your scheme can you explain in a single sentence what the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards are about?

In a nutshell we’re about celebrating the success of talented, up and coming British businesses to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.

  

Juliet Rogan

Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs Coverage, Barclays

We hear that Barclays has plans to open its awards up to businesses who aren’t clients for the first time, what prompted the change?

It was really a natural extension for us – the awards scheme has now been established for a few years and has proven popular amongst Barclays clients looking to gain widespread exposure for their work. What we wanted to do was open that opportunity up to all British entrepreneurs.

There are lots of award schemes out there, why should a company choose to enter yours?

I would say to businesses don’t only enter our awards – there are lots of great schemes out there and young businesses should consider entering more than one, picking credible schemes that are the best fit for them.

Of course though we do think the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards should be on that list! We know growing businesses don’t have a lot of resources to dedicate to preparing an award entry so one of the great things about our scheme is that the entry process isn’t too onerous – just a few hundred words for each nomination. Plus, it’s free to enter!

Most importantly though winning one of our awards means receiving an endorsement that really carries weight. This is largely thanks to the calibre of our judges, who are a mix of experienced entrepreneurs, Barclays representatives and investors.

Speaking of judges, the awards industry is often dogged by claims that judging processes are in some way biased, how do you make sure that your process is ethical and fair?

We ensure its ethical and fair by having an independent panel of diverse judges. This means diverse in every sense, so not only are they drawn from a mix of professional backgrounds and industries, we also take care to ensure, for example, that there is a good gender balance on the panel. 

What can first time entrants expect from the scheme?

The application process is designed to be as straightforward as possible – all entrants need to do is register online and fill in a couple of online text boxes. Think about it as an elevator pitch in writing.

Once the nominations are in entrants are then judged against others in their region (so for example the South East, Scotland, London or the Midlands). Regional winners then go through to a national round where an overall winner is selected in each category.

If you had to choose one winner to showcase from previous awards, which company would it be? Why?

It would have to be Tania Boler who won a London regional prize in the awards’ first year.

Tania co-founded Chiaro, a company that develops cutting edge technology health products for women, such as a smart kegel trainer (something which helps women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles).

In other words, creating solutions for a traditionally undeserved market dealing with products people are often shy to talk about! To me Tania really encompasses what the awards are all about – innovative, entrepreneurial businesses developing solutions in response to a real market need.

What is your role on the awards?

My role is to oversee the awards, including encouraging people to enter, I am also on the judging panel for the finalists!

What are you most looking forward to with this year’s programme?

The most exciting thing is always seeing what new companies are coming through as every year is different. I feel very fortunate to be in a position to support these businesses and there’s always such a buzz when people win.

What would be your personal top tip to entrants?

Keep your application clear, concise and to the point so that it really makes an impression.

If you could personally win one award (of any kind, not just Barclays) what would it be for and why?

Making the UK the best place to grow your business!

A couple of years ago Barclays commissioned the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to produce a whitepaper on the future of business scale ups in the UK (Scale-up UK). What it revealed was that whilst the UK is one of the best countries in Europe for supporting start-ups, it performs far more poorly when it comes to scaling those businesses up successfully (13th in Europe).

This is something that I’d really love to help change and is part of the reason why I’m in the role I’m in, here at Barclays!

If our readers wanted to contact you to learn more about the awards, how might they do so?

You can contact me and the awards team by emailing High_Growth@barclays.com

Last but not least, where should companies go to enter and what is your entry deadline?

Companies should visit the awards website. The deadline is the 18th May so get your applications in soon!

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

If you need help entering the right awards for your company and increasing your chances of winning business awards contact Boost Awards today. Boost is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients, from SMEs to Multinationals, win over 1,100 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.
(C) This interview was conducted by Faye Renshaw and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards

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