Young Guns 2014 – enter today!

Wanted: UK’s most talented entrepreneurs aged 35 or under invited to apply to join illustrious group

Growing Business is seeking the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurs aged 35 or under to apply to form the Young Guns ‘Class of 2014’.

Now in its 12th successful year, the Young Guns awards celebrates the hottest young talent Britain has to offer and each year names a unique group of outstanding entrepreneurs behind 30 of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

With an alumni which dates back to 2003, Young Guns, sponsored by haysmacintyre and Keystone Law, contains over 330 of the country’s most illustrious business owners and you now have the chance to become a member.

Entrants must be no older than 35, running their own business and employing more than five staff to qualify, and must demonstrate innovation, exceptional performance and impressive growth.

This year’s winners will join an alumni which includes business leaders such as Mind Candy’s Michael Acton-Smith, Richard Reed of Innocent Drinks, Thea Green of Nails Inc., and 17 year-old Summly entrepreneur Nick D’Aloisio.

The 2014 Young Guns awards ceremony will take place at an exclusive London venue later this Autumn where the official Class of 2014 will be named, alongside the Top Gun and Golden Gun titles.

In 2013, 34 year-old Mark Kanji, the founder of mobile agency Apptivation was chosen as the haysmacintyre Top Gun for the extraordinary growth of his early-stage company which had achieved £8m turnover in its first year of trading.

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That same year, Holly Tucker MBE, co-founder of, won the Keystone Law Golden Gun alumni title, succeeding Azibo Group’s Mayank Patel OBE, for having built an online marketplace which had grown to employ over 140 people and turnover £43.5m in 2012.

To be eligible for the Young Guns awards, applicants must:

  • Be the founder, co-founder, managing director or CEO of a privately-owned business
  • Be aged 35 or under
  • The company must be turning over at least £1m
  • Or must have raised more than £250,000 in funding

Growing Business editorial director, Ian Wallis, commented:

“Young entrepreneurs are at the forefront of UK enterprise. One look at our Young Guns alumni demonstrates this, which is why we’re passionate about celebrating the best young talent the country has to offer.

“Over the last 12 years, we’ve been privileged to receive applications from some of the nation’s most unique, disruptive and exciting companies, and we look forward to seeing the same calibre of entries this year.”

To apply for the 2014 Young Guns visit the Growing Business Young Guns microsite.


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