Human progress has depended on economic disruptors since long before the advent of the internet. These are the game-changers, the companies that redefine their own marketplace and set new norms that others follow. Motor cars remained rare luxuries until a disruptor called Henry Ford perfected the Model T assembly line. Today’s online auction, home-stay, ride-share and crowdfunding sites have generated markets and money flows that barely existed before, to the great benefit of providers and consumers. Today’s manufacturing methods — from 3D printing to advanced bioscience — have dramatically reduced the time and capital required to produce vital products.
So, who are the companies that are rewriting the rules in 2019? Following the success of last year's inaugural Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards, The Spectator and Julius Baer has come together again to celebrate creative entrepreneurship across the UK. Julius Baer, founded in Zurich in 1890 and now a fast expanding player in the UK wealth management scene, has an instinctive sympathy with business-builders that bring new thinking and positive change to established markets. Entrants for these awards will be innovators with real passion for their products and their customers and the potential to scale up from local to national and international arenas, underpinned by strong financial plans. And we hope they will come from every corner of the UK.
We defined a ‘disruptor’ as a venture that is radically changing its marketplace in terms of price, choice, accessibility or distinctive technology; we were also looking for entries that are financially robust and in a position to scale up, nationally and internationally; and for those that have the potential to make a positive contribution to society and human wellbeing.
We’re seeking five regional winners, and we’ll be asking a high-profile judge in each region to help us choose them. The national winner will be named at a gala dinner in central London and will be invited to join The Spectator’s elite private dining club of business leaders as well as benefiting from the extensive media coverage that these awards generate.
Entries are now closed. Remember, we’re looking for companies that have brought radical positive change to their sector and are capable of achieving national or international impact.
For more information about the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019 please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Economic Disruptor of the Year is awarded to the company that the judges feel has disrupted their marketplace. The decision is subjective and has no wider implications.
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Selling a business can be a time consuming and stressful process so careful planning is essential both pre- and post-sale. Entrepreneurs can quickly find the situation complex when they try to accommodate the corporate and the more personal sides of selling their business. Glenn Branney, Regional Head of Julius Baer’s UK Wealth Planning team, gives his thoughts on the key areas entrepreneurs should consider when looking to strike that balance.