Paws, Enrich, Plan has been shortlisted for the 2024 Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards, specifically in the Retail Entrepreneur of the Year category, sponsored by Menzies LLP.

These awards, often dubbed the “Grammys of Entrepreneurship,” celebrate the accomplishments of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative businesses.

Each year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards receive thousands of applications, reflecting the competitive nature and high standards of the competition. This year’s shortlist highlights a combined turnover of nearly £2.9 billion and employs approximately 20,000 people, underscoring the significant role these businesses play in driving economic growth and innovation.

Paws, Enrich, Plan, based in West Yorkshire, is being recognised for its exceptional contributions to the pet retail sector.

Celebrating Entrepreneurial Spirit

Becki Etherington, Owner of Paws, Enrich, Plan, expressed her gratitude for the recognition: “I am honoured and thrilled to be shortlisted for the Retail Entrepreneur Award. This recognition means so much because our business was created with the mission to support the mental health of dog owners across the UK, and that has always been at the core of what I do. I am incredibly grateful to my family, our pet parents, my entire network and of course my dogs for their unwavering support, inspiration and encouragement. This nomination inspires me to continue my dedication to enhancing the well-being of the dog community through journaling.”

Sarah Hallam, Partner at Menzies LLP, shared her enthusiasm on the announcement of the shortlist, stating, “It takes great creativity and courage to birth a new venture, not to mention the hard work and determination needed to grow a successful business. That’s why we love working with business owners; it’s a real privilege to be part of their growth journey, helping them to align their personal and business goals and achieve their vision. This is our second year sponsoring the Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award and we can’t wait to find out all about the businesses shortlisted; you are so deserving of this achievement.”

Previous Winners and Ceremony Details

Previous winners of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards include the founders of BrewDog, MyEnergi, Zilch, Grenade, and ClearScore, who have gone on to become household names.

Thanks to national and regional sponsors, including Allica Bank, Airwallex, Basket, Caudwell Children, de Novo Solutions, GiftRound, GS Verde Group, GS1 UK, Home Grown, JF Growth Menzies, Quidos, Randal Charitable Foundation, ScoreApp, TikTok, UBS Wealth Management, and Vestd, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards have celebrated the very best of British entrepreneurs for 12 years.

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, 18th November, at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House, where winners for each category in each region will be announced. This event is the largest entrepreneurial celebration in the UK, providing a platform for businesses to connect, celebrate, and champion the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Recognising the Backbone of the Economy

Francesca James, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, commented, “The calibre of entries this year is truly outstanding. These entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy, and their stories are a testament to the incredible resilience and creativity of the UK’s business community. We are thrilled to recognise their achievements and support their continued growth.”

Allica Bank, the headline sponsor for this year’s awards, shares this commitment to fostering entrepreneurial success. Conrad Ford, Chief Product & Strategy Officer at Allica Bank, said, “It has been a real honour to sponsor this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Hearing the inspiring stories from the incredible businesses that these awards champion really brings to life the important contribution that British entrepreneurs make to our economy.”

The recognition of Paws, Enrich, Plan highlights the importance of mental health support for dog owners and the impact of innovative pet care solutions. As the awards ceremony approaches, the excitement builds for all the shortlisted entrepreneurs, reflecting the vibrant and resilient spirit of British business.