HEROPRENEURS AWARDS WINNERS

Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes, has been named as Heropreneur of the Year at the prestigious Heropreneurs Awards in association with The Telegraph, which were celebrated last night in London.

Peter Mountford, the Chairman of Heropreneurs and Founder of the Heropreneurs Awards, said:  “The Heropreneurs Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, and their dependants, in the world of business. The skills that people develop who serve this country in the Armed Forces are highly relevant to the world of business:  leadership, resilience, and determination to name but a few.  Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes is a great example to all military entrepreneurs of what can be achieved despite the injury that he suffered whilst serving in Afghanistan.”

Heropreneurs is a registered charity and member of Cobseo that provides free mentoring and support for anyone who has served in the UK’s Armed Forces, or their dependants, on the road to creating their own businesses.

Welcomed by a fanfare from the Band of The Welsh Guards and presented by broadcaster and journalist Naga Munchetty, the Awards also welcomed The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, the Under Secretary of State for Defence at the MOD, as well as The First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones and General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence Personnel.

With headline support from Surge Group plc, Warwick Business School, leading American business OBXtek, Goldman Sachs and The Veterans’ Foundation a wide range of people and businesses were recognised.

These included a high protein, nutritious cereal for people on the go; baby-friendly jewellery that mothers can wear when children are teething; a home building firm that actively engages with ex-military personnel and a charity that uses sub-aqua diving for rehabilitation for wounded servicemen and women.

The full list of winners is:

Business Leader of The Year: Andrew Anderson – CEO, Celaton

Large Company Employer: Barratt Developments plc

Small Company Employer:  Handy Heroes – Matt Hammond/Rich Hughes

Entrepreneur of The Year: Alex Matheson of Fuel10K Ltd

Heropreneur of The Year: Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes Ltd

Military Partner in Business Award: Suzy Olivier of Mama + Belle

Start-Up of The Year: Matt Wells & David Wood for Frontgrid

Veterans’ Foundation Award: Richard Cullen for Deptherapy

Warwick Business School Bursary: Iain Church of Moringa Miracles Ltd

 

QUOTES FROM THE WINNERS

Business Leader of The Year: Andrew Anderson – CEO, Celaton

‘Understanding what motivates you will help others to offer their advice. Above all, reach out to ex-service personnel who have trodden the same path before you.’

Large Company Employer:Barratt Developments

‘Armed Forces personnel think on their feet and are problem solvers. They don’t dwell on problems or over complicate them they just get on with it’.

Small Company Employer:  Handy Heroes – Matt Hammond / Rich Hughes

‘We would like to thank Heropreneurs for their support over the years since founding Handy Heroes, and we owe some of our success to both the support of Heropreneurs, whose business introductions and guidance have been invaluable.’

Entrepreneur of The Year: Alex Matheson of Fuel10K Ltd

‘Surround yourself with the best people you can afford and preferably ones who are better than you are in their chosen field.’

Heropreneur of The Year: Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes Ltd

‘Probably the greatest attribute I have learnt is about trust. In the Marines a bond of trust is created due to a common strand in training. I now realise that is not the same in the ‘real world’ or ‘civvie street’. That type of trust has to be earned over time, rather than given immediately.’

Military Partner in Business Award: Suzy Olivier of Mama + Belle

‘Though life handed me a new path, [when my husband joined the RAF] one that I’m proud to say that I took on whole heartedly, and I couldn’t be more positive and grateful for where it’s led both me and my family, and where it’s going to take us in the future.’

Start-Up of The Year: Matt Wells & David Wood for Frontgrid

‘When running a start-up, sales is everything! You can have the best operations team in the world but if you don’t have clients, you don’t have a business.’

Veterans’ Foundation Award: Richard Cullen for Deptherapy

‘This is my life; my passion and I will do this as long I have the physical and mental strength to help those we work with.’

Warwick Business School Bursary: Iain Church of Moringa Miracles Ltd

‘The safe option would have been to remain in the Army, draw a salary and enjoy

some of the key benefits such as subsidised housing but having reviewed my goals I decided to jump on the basis that ‘jump and the safety net will appear’.

 

 

For further Information please contact:

 

Peter Mountford, Chairman of Heropreneurs

Email: peter@heropreneurs.co.uk

Mob: 07774 842761