We are delighted to announce the finalists, region by region, for The Spectator Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards sponsored by Julius Baer. We received entries from every corner of the UK, in business sectors ranging from advanced genetics to ice cream and from musical instrument-making to cyber security. Particularly well represented were ‘Fintech’ in all its aspects — in which the UK has already established a reputation as a world leader — and healthcare, including a number of smart ideas aimed at improving patient experience in the NHS.
Overall, we’ve been thrilled to learn about the creativity, enthusiasm and dedication of the entrepreneurs behind the entries. Many of these businesses will clearly be big names of the future, and we’re proud to have made contact with them. We now have the challenge of reducing our shortlist to just five regional winners and one overall national winner, with the help of expert guest judges. Watch this space: more news soon.