Chairman Mike Harris Shortlisted For Prestigious Award

Shortlist for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Announced

It has just been announced that local Oswestry-based entrepreneur Mike Harris has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

As a serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has nurtured a number of multi-million pound companies and is Chairman of the leading Welsh Premier League club, The New Saints of Oswestry Town FC. He has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur For Good Award in recognition of the time and energy he has devoted to building a successful club which dominates the Welsh Premier League and is relighting thoughts of the famous old Oswestry Town side competing in the English system. The award also recognises the contribution being made to the local community by the club’s Charity Foundation.

Mike Harris has also been shortlisted for the Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work with SiFi Networks, a growing international fibre optic network developer. As joint founder, his IT expertise and huge business acumen are playing an instrumental role in helping the company develop and deliver new and innovative fibre installation techniques that enhance the delivery of high speed broadband to the home in a number of cities across the USA.

With over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories, Mike Harris has beaten off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlists. He commented that: “I am pleased to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards which recognise the way that the club has engaged with the local Oswestry community and the creation of employment opportunities. They also demonstrate the important role that entrepreneurs continue to play in helping to build the UK economy.”

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards have celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

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! There has been a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of the 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: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

Article courtesy of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.