Enter the Young Guns 2018 today! Search on to find UK’s top young entrepreneurs

Are you aged 35 or under? Is your business turning over £1m or more or has it secured over £1m in funding? Enter the Young Guns 2018 before 1 June

Entries are now open for the Young Guns Class of 2018 – the annual awards that shines a light on the top business talent in the UK aged 35 and under.

This year sees Lloyds Bank join chartered accountants and tax advisers haysmacintyre as headline sponsors, alongside partner DeVono Cresa, the commercial property advisers.

This is the 16th year for the Young Guns Awards, with just 30 businesses every year chosen to join the exclusive list. They will become part of a now 480-strong alumni of some of the biggest names in British business.

To be eligible, you must be the founder, co-founder, or CEO of a privately-owned UK company and aged 35 or under. Your business must either have turnover of £1m or have secured £1m or more in funding.

Find out how to enter Young Guns 2018 here

The alumni includes innocent drinks and JamJar Investments founder Richard Reed, Notonthehighstreet.com founder Holly Tucker MBE, and Michael Acton Smith, founder of Firebox and Mind Candy.

The Class of 2017 named the likes of Apprentice-winner and ImpraGas founder Joseph Valente, Pip & Nut founder Pip Murray, Gymshark’s Ben Francis, and Tom Blomfield of Monzo.

See the full Class of 2017 here.

In 2017, Jamie Bolding was crowned as haysmacintyre Top Gun; which is awarded to the business the judges feel stands out the most. The entrepreneur founded digital media company Jungle Creations, which became the most viewed media company on Facebook in November 2017.

Greg Marsh and Tim Davey, founders of luxury online home rental service Onefinestay, won the title of Golden Gun (now sponsored by Lloyds Bank). The award recognises the exceptional achievements of any one of the alumni businesses.

Entries for Young Guns 2018 will close on June 1 2018, with the judging day to take place on July 18 2018.

The Class of 2018 will be revealed on September 28 2018, with successful businesses invited to attend an exclusive luncheon and networking drinks on the day.

Geoff Vickers, business development director for Lloyds Banking Group, commented: “Lloyds Bank are delighted to support the Young Guns 2018. Our commitment is to back the ambitions of UK entrepreneurs and businesses both at home and abroad.

“We help our businesses prosper through our relationship managers focus on building long term trusting relationships. Our valued association with Young Guns fits perfectly with our small and medium-sized business charter pledging support to small businesses.”

Natasha Frangos, partner, head of creative media and technology at haysmacintrye, commented: “haysmacintyre is incredibly proud and excited to be supporting Young Guns 2018. Over the course of our 12 year, longstanding involvement, we have found that Young Guns offers a fantastic platform for entrepreneurs to meet and learn from one another.

“Each year, we relish the opportunity of meeting innovative entrepreneurs, who are driving businesses which provide a valuable boost to the economy through job creation, efficiency generation, ideas that challenge the norm  and investment.

“Young Guns is a perfect match to our specialism of supporting scale up businesses through their life cycle and it’s a privilege to have become an embedded trusted advisor to many of the Young Guns alumni over the years. We are looking forward to meeting the class of 2018!”

Enter the Young Guns 2018 today and join the illustrious alumni of the UK’s best and brightest entrepreneurs.