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Disabled Entrepreneurs Vie for Share of £100,000 Stelios Awards Prize Fund

Updated: Feb 28, 2023


Entry to The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2023 is now open.

The awards offer one of the largest financial prizes for disabled entrepreneurs in the UK, with a top prize of £50,000 and two finalist prizes of £30,000 and £20,000 up for grabs.


Jointly run by disability charity Leonard Cheshire and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, creator and owner of the easy family of brands, the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs UK recognise the exceptional achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field, irrespective of ability.


In recent years, these awards have been won by entrepreneurs in charge of businesses ranging from Christmas tree farming to conservatory design & build to the development of mental health apps.


Last year’s winner, pictured above, was Joe Waggott of Metal Polishing Supplies.


“Sadly, despite all efforts, there remains considerable obstacles to disabled people finding full-time salaried employment,” said Sir Stelios.


“And I have long held the view that the best way for a disabled person to get such a job is to start their own business and be their own boss! We are awarding excellence in business.


“I hope that cash rewards for those who have started their own business will mean more disabled people doing just that…so creating wealth for themselves, their families, staff and suppliers.”


Applications are open from today and close at 5pm on Friday 14 April 2023.


Entrepreneurs will be eligible to apply if:

  1. They are registered disabled in the UK.

  2. They own at least 50% of a UK registered for-profit company that has filed accounts with UK Companies House showing a turnover (Revenues) in one year of at least £5,000.

For full details on eligibility and an application form visit the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation UK website on www.stelios-uk.foundation or www.leonardcheshire.org.




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