A celebration of creative entrepreneurship

Who are the companies that are rewriting the rules, the game-changers that are redefining their own marketplace? Julius Baer has recently celebrated the best of entrepreneurship in the UK and Ireland in partnership with EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland and The Spectator Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards.

At two glittering award ceremonies, one hosted in Dublin and one in London, Julius Baer came together with some of the UK and Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs to celebrate the firms and individuals who are standing out from the crowd.

The 24 finalists for this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland award ranged from a gin distillery to a pharma venture developing drugs for rare diseases. The winner – Teamwork.com, a Cork-based software firm that creates project and team management products for companies of all sizes – offered a particularly striking parable of entrepreneurship driven by self-help: first solve your business problems, then package the solutions and sell them to the world.

Across the rest of the UK we had 22 finalists for the Spectator Economic Disruptor Awards from all corners of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of them are innovators, driven by a real passion for what they do. The finalists were recognised as those with the greatest potential to scale-up: taking their ideas from the local to the national, and – from there – to the wider world.

For its scalable impact on an increasingly marginalised group in society – the unbanked – the national winner was Pockit, a truly disruptive organisation aiming to support those who struggle to get the banking system that we all take for granted – a bank for the financially excluded.

A long tradition of working with entrepreneurs
Julius Baer has a long tradition of working closely with entrepreneurs to build lasting relationships. This usually means working with individuals long before they have an event which will result in the requirement of the Bank’s wealth management expertise. “We want the entrepreneur to see us as a trusted adviser from an early stage,” says David Durlacher, CEO of Julius Baer in the UK and Ireland. “We can help guide them around obvious potholes and introduce them to the right people – be it lawyers to advise on business structures or potential investors to support with fund raising,” he concludes.

You can read more about how we work with entrepreneurs in the UK and Ireland on our website where we are publishing a series of articles focusing on smart advice. In this series we seek views from industry professionals as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. Look out soon for detailed profiles of our winners from our awards in Dublin and London.

Picture on top: The two founders of Teamwork, Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger, winners of this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland award

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