Simon Devonshire – OBEEntrepreneur. For services to enterprise, enterprise promotion and humanitarian issues. From technology startups, to roles with major bluechips including O2 and Virgin Mobile, through positions with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Devonshire’s entrepreneurial career has been recognised with an OBE. Currently classified as an entrepreneur and investor, Devonshire was, until July 2015, entrepreneur in residence for the government.
Jacqueline Gold – CBECEO at Ann Summers and Knickerbox. For services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise. The lingerie entrepreneur built the Ann Summers brand into one with international recognition and is one of the most respected female business builders in the UK. Her CBE, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed, reflects both her enterprise accomplishments and efforts in furthering the prospects and opportunities of other women.
Samir Desai – CBECo-founder and CEO of Funding Circle. For services to financial services. Desai is one of Britain’s front-running fintech entrepreneurs, having recently overseen the very successful US expansion Funding Circle undertook. His business, which connects businesses looking for loans with consumers wanting a better return than traditional savings options, has now passed the £1bn lending milestone and is worth more than $1bn itself.
Judith Ower – MBEFounder and CEO of Playmob. For services to entrepreneurship. Ower’s Playmob business was set up to serve as a cause marketing platform, and allow organisations to put “doing good at the heart of the business”. Her MBE is the latest in a long list of accolades that includes One to Watch in 2015 and one of the top 100 women in Tech in Europe. The business is now nearly five years old and has bases in both London and San Francisco.
Anthony Preston – OBEFounder of Pets at Home. For services to UK business, entrepreneurship and philanthropic service to charity. Preston is a man of immense business experience, from leading his pet supply business to the stock market to working for venture capital firm 3i. Pets at Home was frequently named as one of the country’s fastest-growing companies until it joined the London Stock Exchange in 2014. Since then, its stock price has risen to a position above float price. Preston has now set up a joint venture fashion business with his son called Socialwear. His philanthropic nod comes after notable donations to charities such as Manchester homeless charity Mustard Tree.
Raminder Ranger – CBEChairman of Sun Mark. For services to business and community cohesion. Already the owner of an MBE, Ranger’s new CBE is evidence of his impact as a prolific importer and exporter. A firm favourite of Real Business, Ranger fled religious conflict in Pakistan as a child and went on to set up Sun Mark in the UK. It is the only company to have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade five times in a row and is highly-profitable. Selling to 115 countries, some 96 per cent of its profits are secured from international business.
Giles Andrews – OBECo-founder and executive chairman of Zopa. For services to financial services. Joining Desai on the list of fintech trailblazers is also Andrews, the man behind peer-to-peer lender Zopa. As outlined in a recent Real Business interview with new Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana, Zopa is a consumer-facing financial technology platform that also recently sailed beyond the £1bn total historic mark. Andrews set the business up in 2004 and has now taken up a position as executive chairman to focus on handling regulators and investors. Alongside his work there, he is also non-executive chairman of social and environmental technology accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures.
Amanda Boyle – OBEFounder and CEO of Bloom VC. For services to business. The success of crowdfunding venture Bloom VC has served as the bedrock for Boyle’s recognition. Now nearly six years old, Bloom VC is part of a burgeoning crowdfunding community in the UK, a sector which has received significant attention in the New Year’s Honours list. Boyle and her platform have helped the likes of Bonnie Bling and The Ecosse Candle Company raise important growth capital.
Damian and Helen Broughton – MBECo-founders and directors of People and Standards, Danbro. For services to small businesses and sole traders and to the community in Lancashire. The Broughtons have built a company supporting thousands of contractors in the form of financial services. Their MBEs are evidence of commitment to the freelance worker community, a big contributor to the UK economy but one in constant need of advice and support.
Ronke Oke – BEMFounder and director of Emi & Ben Natural Skincare. For services to business andcharity. As the founder of Bread + Butter and ambassador to the Prince’s Trust, Oke is also at the helm of Emi & Ben Natural Skincare.
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