Leah Hutcheon wins UK small business entrepreneur of the year

Leah Hutcheon, CEO and founder of Appointedd, has won UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards National Awards.

The award follows on from her regional success during the Scotland and Northern Ireland round, where Leah first won Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year, a category for businesses with less than 50 employees and was also runner up in the Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year award category at the ceremony which took place at the headquarters of Coutts & Co in London last week.

On receiving the UK national award, Leah said: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised as the UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at an exciting time for Appointedd. Being a small team doesn’t impede our ambition and we are thrilled to be working with organisations of all shapes and sizes all over the world during a time that is transformational for tech and industries such as retail and financial services.”

Edinburgh-based Appointedd is revolutionising the way bookings are made online. The award comes after a successful year for Appointedd which won International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards in November 2016, was ranked in the Top 5 for software in the 2017 IP League Table and was a finalist in this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The National Awards brought to an end the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, crowning national winners across 12 categories following regional finals in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at NatWest, said: “We are incredibly proud to support these important awards. It has been so inspiring to see the number and calibre of entries this year, which proves that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well across the whole of the UK.

“I want to extend my huge congratulations to all the winners of this year’s categories and hope that their businesses continue to grow and thrive in the future. We look forward to continuing our support with entrepreneurs to help make their growth and scale possible”