Highlights of the 2018 Awards

“I enjoyed the Awards Ceremony.  It was a triumph.  The quality of the citations, the categories, and the orchestration of a very complex programme were all first class.  The effect was not only extremely professional but also great fun.  Most importantly of course the veteran entrepreneurs themselves were made to feel really, really special!  

Congratulations on an outstanding evening”. 

General Sir John McColl KCB,CBE,DSO


Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities

Steve McCulley of LIOS Bikes, was named as Heropreneur of the Year at the prestigious Heropreneurs Awards 2018 in association with The Telegraph, which were celebrated on 14 November 2018 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.”

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.

2018 Highlights

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.

The 2018 winners

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

The call for nominations for the Heropreneurs Awards 2019 will open in March 2019.

To register your interest please email amanda@heropreneurs.co.uk with your details


For further Information please contact:

Email: team@heropreneurs.co.uk

Here is a selection of photos taken on the night, with much thanks to the photographers Dave Mackay and Angelina Georgiou 

Supported by:

WBS Anniversary  
Goldman Sachs
Veterans Foundation