Young Guns 2013: Now open for entries

Only the hottest entrepreneurial talents aged 35 or under need apply to join the illustrious group of more than 300

The 2013 Young Guns awards are now open for entries. Recognising Britain’s brightest entrepreneurs aged 35 and under, Growing Business today launches its search for the outstanding talents who will form the ‘Class of 2013’.

Young Guns, which is sponsored by leading business advisers haysmacintyre and Farrer & Co, has been naming a unique group of the entrepreneurs behind 30 of the UK’s fastest-rising companies since 2003.

Now in its 11th successful year the Young Guns alumni contain more than 300 of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs. This year’s awards ceremony to officially name the Class of 2013, as well as the Top Gun and Golden Gun alumni titles, will take place at an exclusive London venue later this autumn.

In 2012, Matt ‘Mills’ Miller and John Sinclair, the co-founders of digital agency ustwo won the haysmacintyre Top Gun title for growing the eight-year-old, £10.5m-turnover company from scratch to 120 employees across offices in London, Malmo and New York.

Mayank B Patel OBE received the Farrer & Co Golden Gun alumni title ahead of his decorated peers for his achievements in growing Azibo Group into a company of global repute, after starting with just £9,000 in a box-sized office in Paddington.

Previous Young Guns winners have included the founders of Mind Candy, Nails Inc, Hawk-Eye, Maximuscle, Monitise, and Innocent Drinks. Richard Reed, founder of Innocent Drinks; Michael Acton Smith, creator of Moshi Monsters; and Thea Green, the woman behind Nails Inc.

To be considered for the final awards, applicants must:

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  • Be the founder, co-founder, managing director or CEO of a privately-owned business
  • The company must be turning over at least £1m
  • Or must have raised more than £250,000 in funding

Ian Wallis, editorial director of, said: “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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