September 4th, 2018It was recently announced that the co-founders of Swansea-based language service provider, Wolfestone Holdings, have been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year award category.Roy Allkin and Anna Bastek saw off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.
Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and most recently, Hannah and Sophie Pycroft of Spectrum Collections.On Wolfestone Holdings award nomination, Anna Bastek said: “Thank you to NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards for shortlisting our company for this award. We’re very excited to celebrate the growth of Wolfestone Holdings alongside some of the best performing companies in Wales. We’d also like to say thanks to all the talented staff of Wolfestone Holdings whose hard work and dedication is making our vision of Wolfestone a reality.”Roy Allkin added: “We are incredibly honoured to have been shortlisted for the Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year award. 2017-18 has been a tremendous year in the history of Wolfestone Holdings, which has seen us achieve record growth. While we have made huge progress scaling up Wolfestone Holdings, we’re not resting on our laurels. We have some exciting opportunities ahead in terms of offering language training services and growing our organisation in the Greater London area.”Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: "Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com