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’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 open. Remember, we’re looking for companies that have brought radical positive change to their sector and are capable of achieving national or international impact.
Closing date for entries: Friday 7 June 2019.
Please complete the entry form that follows in full. Incomplete entries will not be processed.
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