Young Guns 2013: Enter to join elite group of entrepreneurs

The annual list of the UK’s hottest entrepreneurial talents aged 35 or under launches today. Winners will join more than 300 of the UK’s best business owners

Growing Business has today launched its 11th annual Young Guns Awards. Sponsored by leading business advisers haysmacintyre and Farrer & Co, the awards celebrate Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs aged 35 and under. The Young Guns alumni boasts an impressive list, with more than 300 of the nation’s brightest entrepreneurs, including Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc, Michael Acton Smith, the man behind Mind Candy and the creator of Moshi Monsters and Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed. With entries now open, Growing Business is on the hunt for new outstanding talent to join the illustrious alumni. To be considered for the ‘Class of 2013’, applicants must:

  • Be the founder, co-founder, managing director or CEO of a privately-owned business
  • Have a company with a turnover of at least £1m OR the company must have raised more than £250,000 in funding

This year’s award ceremony, which will name 30 entrepreneurs behind some of the UK’s fastest-growing companies, will be held at an exclusive London venue later this year. The ceremony will officially announce the 2013 Young Guns, as well as presenting the Top Gun and Golden Gun alumni awards. In 2012, co-founders of digital agency ustwo, Matt ‘Mills Miller and John Sinclair, secured the haysmacintyre Top Gun title for their £10.5m-turnover company, which they started from scratch and grew in just eight years to 120 employees in offices around the world in London, Malmo and New York. The Farrer & Co Golden Gun alumni title was awarded to 2003 Young Gun Mayank B Paatel, for his achievements at Azibo Group. After starting with just £9,000 in a box-sized office in Paddington the company has grown into a global phenomenon. Ian Wallis, editorial director of, commented: “A glance at the Young Guns alumni is all you need to be reassured that youthful enterprise is thriving in the UK – and that technology has smashed down the barriers to entry and growth”. “Entrepreneurial endeavour has never been so richly rewarding for the outstanding few. Over the past 11 years, we’ve been privileged to receive entries from Britain’s most daring, dynamic and disruptive companies – and we look forward to this continuing in 2013.” To apply for this year’s Young Guns, or get further information, visit the Growing Business Young Guns microsite.


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