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Sir Stelios calls for applications for the Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK as from 7 May 2024

Stelios Award UK Disabled Ent. 2024 Logo and Leaonard Cheshire

Leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, creator and owner of the easy family of brands including easyJet (see www.easyHistory.info) and founder and president of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, are proud to launch the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2024 now in their 16th year.

The Awards offer financial prizes for disabled entrepreneurs in the UK. A top prize of £100,000 and two finalist prizes of £60,000 and £40,000 are up for grabs for this year’s winners, offering £200,000 in cash prizes in total for 2024.

Since the awards started in 2006 a grand total of £1,500,000 (including this year’s sum) has been donated by Sir Stelios and his foundation to disabled entrepreneurs recognising the exceptional achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have set up their own company in the UK and excel in their chosen business field.

Sir Stelios said:
“ We know that people with a disability find it more difficult to get a job. I have long held the view that the best way for a disabled person to get a job is to start their own business and be their own boss!

As we are in the business of rewarding entrepreneurial excellence, I sincerely hope that offering these substantial cash prizes for those who have started up their own business and are doing well, will mean they will become role models for other disabled people to start their own business and also create jobs and wealth for themselves, their families, their staff and suppliers.”

Applications are open from Tuesday 7 May 2024, and close at 5pm on Tuesday 11 June 2024. The winners will be announced via Zoom on Tuesday 9th July 2024 at 12 noon UK time.

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 £10,000.

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is also donating £20,000 to Leonard Cheshire directly to help with the running of this year’s awards.

Ruth Owen Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire said:
“We are really pleased to be working with Sir Stelios again on these important awards. Every year it is fantastic to see the wide array of entries and these awards provide a great opportunity for disabled entrepreneurs to network, build on and promote their businesses. There’s so much untapped disabled talent out there and I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

Amongst many worthy previous winners Sir Stelios would like to mention Amar Latif, founder of www.Traveleyes-international and broadcaster on BBC and CH4, Josh Wintersgill of www.easyTravelseat.com, Steve Holyer of www.easyAccessibility.co.uk, Mark Williams of www.limb-art.com, 2019 winner Victoria Nelson founder www.deaf4deaf.com, Joe Waggott of www.metalpolishingsupplies.co.uk and last year’s winner Cristian Brownlee of www.myadaptability.co.uk.

For full details on eligibility:

Application form: www.stelios.foundation

Any questions please email: SteliosAward@leonardcheshire.org

All completed application forms should be emailed to tracy.ghori@stelios.com
Not later than Tuesday 11 June 2024 at 5.00pm.

About the UK Awards

The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK is a business award run in partnership with the Leonard Cheshire, A registered charity dedicated to supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their level of ability.
The award recognises the exceptional spirit and business ability of disabled entrepreneurs.

I am very passionate about encouraging an enterprising spirit throughout British culture. Helping to remove the barriers that disabled people face in business is an important part of this.
– Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Who can apply?

Anyone based in the UK. We have applications from all arenas: from accessible wheelchair suitcases to pottery, mental health apps and adapted ice cream vans. Past winners have been drawn from the travel agency, building and IT sectors as well as businesses specialising in disability/mobility aids and sports.

Criteria for Entries

* We use the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability, which means this prize is for all disabled entrepreneurs / people with a long term health condition. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please feel free to email steliosaward@leonardcheshire.org for further information.

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