Young Guns 2016: Entrepreneurs invited to apply!

Search is on to find UK's most talented founders aged 35 or under to join elite club of business leaders including Sophia Webster and Richard Reed...

The nation's most promising entrepreneurs aged 35 or under are invited to apply to become part of the Young Guns ‘Class of 2016’; with the opportunity to join an elite group of more than 400 prominent business leaders including high-profile shoe designer Sophia Webster and Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed.

Running for its 14th year, Young Guns – sponsored by haysmacintyre – annually names a select group of the UK's best and brightest young business owners behind 30 stellar companies.

It has gained a reputation for identifying inspiring founders who are disrupting industries and innovating enterprise.

Now you have the chance to become a member of this illustrious club. Click here to enter the 2016 Young Guns Awards.

Eligible entrepreneurs must:

  • Be the founder, co-founder, managing director or CEO of a privately-owned business
  • Be aged 35 or under
  • Run a company with turnover of at least £1m…
  • Or have raised more than £1m  in funding

Other high-profile Young Guns members include Holly Tucker MBE; co-founder of, William Shu and Greg Orlowski; the founders of Deliveroo, and Michael Acton-Smith; the founder of Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy.

The 2016 Young Guns awards ceremony will be held later this Autumn on September 16 at the exclusive London venue, the Kensington Roof Gardens, where the official Class of 2016 will be revealed, alongside the Top Gun and Golden Gun titles.

The 2015 haysmacintyre Top Gun title was awarded to Sara Davies, founder of Crafter's Companion, for having grown her craft marketplace business – which she initially started at university – into a multi-million revenue brand with a global reach and a team of some 66 staff.

In the same year, BrewDog founders, James Watt and Martin Dickie, were crowned Keystone Law Golden Guns, having turned their Aberdeen-based independent brewery into a global company with sales in more than 38 markets alongside a chain of successful bars across the UK.

Young Guns Class of 2015

Young Guns Class of 2015

Commenting on the launch of entries for the 2016 Young Guns Awards, Growing Business editor, Lucy Wayment, said:

“Each year, we endeavor to showcase the best young talent the country has to offer and Young Guns provides a platform to celebrate inspiring and transformative entrepreneurs at the forefront of UK enterprise.

“With an alumni which dates back to 2003, we’ve received entries from some of the nation’s most exciting, game-changing, and innovative businesses over the years. We're looking forward to seeing the same calibre of entries for 2016.”

To apply for the 2016 Young Guns awards, click here.


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