Welcome to our Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2022 nomination portal, ready to place game changing entrepreneurs in the spotlight for their outstanding contribution to industry, the UK economy and society.

Barclays is proud to celebrate these incredible entrepreneurs and their unique journeys, which places the UK at the forefront of the global start up scene. From idea to IPO, the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of the awards. The prestigious awards ceremony later this year, will highlight founders and their businesses, drawn from across the country, who have taken the bold step steps to start, scale, and in some cases exit their business to start again.

The Barclays Entrepreneur Awards consist of eight award categories, ranging from start-up through to sustainable success and this year, a number of Barclays partners who provide services to help businesses thrive have taken the opportunity to sponsor a category.


Our 2022 awards are supported by:



Barclaycard, part of Barclays Bank PLC, is a leading global payment business that helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and take payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit. In the UK we process nearly £1 in every £3 spent using credit and debit cards, and in 2020 we processed over £267bn in transactions globally. We also partner with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.


Find out more information on Barclaycard Business.


Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many of our sites. By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities and dedicated industry-aligned programmes, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace. With Eagle Labs all across the country and more in the pipeline, our focus is to help to connect, educate and accelerate ambitious UK businesses and entrepreneurs.

Find out more information on Barclays Eagle Labs


Barclays is the only global bank of its type to have a dedicated team focused on the support of the incredible video game industry. At Barclays, we’re playing our part to help the UK Games Industry grow and develop. We see the positive impact that games can have in bringing communities together, inspiring creativity and building an environment to learn. We see the phenomenal innovation and creativity the global games industry leads and support with business building support for fledgling businesses to world class global finance solution for some of the world’s largest games organizations. With a dedicated team working throughout our global firm we aim to be the go-to bank for the industry, supporting at every stage.


Find out more information on Games and Esports


FreshBooks is changing the way business owners manage their books. Its owner-first accounting platform, loved by businesses in over 160 countries, takes an easy-to-use approach to managing finances, billing, payments, and client engagement. FreshBooks, known for its 10x Stevie award-winning customer support, serves businesses of all sizes from offices in Canada, Croatia, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, and the US.

Find out more information on Invoice and accounting software.


Kriya (formerly known as MarketFinance) is a fintech lending, payments and authentication company that’s been at the forefront of helping SMEs since 2011, pioneering a flexible invoice finance solution. They offer monthly and annual subscriptions so SMEs can solve the cash flow challenges getting in the way of progress – without having to commit their whole ledger. Using Kriya’s smart online platform, businesses can unlock cash in just a few clicks to cover unexpected costs, meet seasonal demands, invest in growth and more. Kriya fuses smart technology with a team that deeply understands the needs of (often underserved) SMEs to make the right business finance frictionless.



Find out more information on Invoice Finance


Established in 1996, Propel Finance provides flexible and accessible finance to SMEs across the country. Propel has grown to become one of the UK’s largest independent finance houses, helping more than 40,000 businesses to access finance for purchasing business critical equipment and vehicles, quickly and easily. We are small enough to care, deliver a brilliant service to our customers and big enough to have the expertise and technology to be a leader in SME finance. Finance is subject to status. Terms and Conditions Apply. Propel acts as a lender or a credit broker for business customers only.

Find out more information on Asset finance or call 01633 982922*.


Founded in 2014, Smart Pension was purpose-built to make sure that employers of any size could easily comply with automatic enrolment duties. Their digital-first approach puts users at the centre of everything they do. As well as a digital platform, members can also easily manage their pension savings with the Smart Pension app. Recently, Smart Pension has joined the Make My Money Matter pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and has committed to achieving this well before then. The Smart Pension Master Trust is overseen by a board of independent trustees and authorised by The Pensions Regulator.


Find out more information on Workplace pensions.


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