Food & Drink Heroes

    From the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards


    UK food and drink is an international success story, exporting more than £23 billion of quality products each year.


    Challenger brands make up 96% of Britain’s total food and drink businesses & these companies contribute a highly significant £18bn to the UK economy. This is a programme that will support, celebrate and recognise them.

  • Celebrating & Championing Britain's Food & Drink Heroes


    Food & drink contributes £31.1bn to the economy and research shows that Britain’s food and drink sector continues to forge ahead at home and abroad despite current economic and political uncertainty.


    These awards will recognise and champion the entrepreneurs within the UK's food and drink industry, shining a spotlight on and supporting them to continue growing and bringing benefits home including jobs, wealth and international renown.


    From mouth-watering burgers, to silky craft ales and fiery street food; show-stopping noodles to ethical juices and eco-conscious confectionaries, the Food & Drink heroes awards will recognise and champion those entrepreneurs who are running the businesses that are taking the nations taste-buds by storm.

  • Food & Drink Heroes Awards: Timeline

    Interested in getting involved? This is our planned activity timeline for 2020/21!


    Open for Entries

    In October 2020 we'll be opening for entries.


    Check back for the full list of categories or sign up to receive updates straight to your inbox.


    The awards will be free to enter and the whole process will be online.


    Food & Drink Heroes Magazine

    Our inaugural 'food & drink heroes' magazine will be distributed in October 2020. This will feature food & drink brands from submissions & nominations and will be put into the hands of the Great British public ahead of Christmas to capitalise on their support for independent businesses.


    Email us if you'd like to pitch your business for inclusion!



    Shortlist Announcement

    Our application window will close at the beginning of January, the shortlist will be announced with a significant PR & Marketing campaign.



    Judging will take place in February 2021. Our panel of experts & judges look forward to reading the applications and stories of some of Great Britain's most exciting food & drink brands and their founders.


    The Final

    Exact date TBC, but in 2021 we'll come together for an evening of celebration and recognition & we will be joined by a who's who in the food & drink world.
  • From the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

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  • Alcoholic Drink Entrepreneur of the Year

    The alcohol industry is a major part of the UK’s economy, worth an estimated £47 billion a year.

    Recent years have seen a new wave of alcoholic drinks companies come to the market. Consumers have gravitated towards new and independent brands thanks to unique flavour combinations and bold, in-your-face branding that are perfect for the Instagram age.


    Animal Food Entrepreneur of the Year

    With an estimated 58 million pets in the UK, the pet food market is big business. Nestlé estimates we spend nearly £400 million a year on treats alone. And not only have we become more conscious of the products we consume, but we’re also more aware of what we feed our pets. More and more brands are championing the case for fresh and natural alternatives, free from artificial preservatives, fillers and colourings.

    Baked Goods Entrepreneur of the Year

    The bakery industry is one of the largest in the UK’s food market, worth an estimated £3.5 billion. According to the Federation of Bakers, the UK sells the equivalent to 11 million loaves of bread every single day. Whether its breathtaking biscuits, killer cakes or puffy pastries, consumers are spending more time looking for fresh, natural and handcrafted products that do more than satisfy.

    Confectionary Entrepreneur of the Year

    From chocolate and ice creams to snazzy sweets, the UK’s confectionery industry is worth a HUGE £11.5 billion. But the choices consumers make are changing. In 2019, Grenade’s Carb Killa protein bar became the UK’s second highest-selling chocolate bar on the market, sitting only behind Kinder Bueno. Now, quirky branding and out-there flavours are coming to the fore.

    Export Entrepreneur of the Year

    For food and drink businesses, local or even national success aren’t enough. To earn real acclaim, they often look to overseas growth. The UK’s food and drink businesses now sell products to more than 200 countries around the world and play a vital role in the country’s wider export income.

    Health Entrepreneur of the Year

    Over the past four years, the average shopping trolley contains 12% fewer calories, 13% less sugar, 12% less total fat, 10% less saturated fat and 14% less salt, according to the Food & Drink Federation. With greater focus on living a healthy lifestyle, more and more healthy food and drink brands have become serious players in their respective markets.

    Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year

    Innovation is crucial to continued success. No business has ever stayed successful by doing the same thing it has for years and years. Innovation is new, creative thought. It’s pushing the boundaries of what we thought was possible. It’s creating the same product in a new way. It’s imagining something completely new and bringing it to life. In food and drink, it’s the innovators that stand out from the crowd.

    Non-alcoholic Drink Entrepreneur of the Year

    Ever not been able or wanted to drink alcohol and grown tired of ordered a mundane orange juice? Recent years have seen a raft of new brands creating fun and unique non-alcoholic drinks, bringing something new and interesting to the market. Whether it’s tantalising soft drinks or non-alcoholic versions of the ‘real thing’, consumers now have a range of options they want to order.

    Restaurant or Cafe Entrepreneur of the Year

    A great restaurant is more than just good food and drink. It’s the setting, the design, the decoration. It’s friendly, welcoming service. It’s the mood, the atmosphere. A great restaurant isn’t just determined by the quality of its product, it’s determined by what sets it aside from every other restaurant or cafe on the High Street.

    Service Entrepreneur of the Year

    From food delivery companies to manufacturers and marketing superstars, the winner will demonstrate commitment and flair for the food and drink sector, and exhibit industry-honed skills to innovate and offer something unique in their field. Central to their success will be a sustained customer experience and satisfaction that makes them stand out from the competition.

    Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year

    While undeniably tough, starting a business creates its own energy of resilience, while overcoming obstacles and learning by doing forges the experience needed to conquer bigger and better things. The Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year Award reaches out to those who have given everything to guiding their business through those all-important nascent stages. The winner will have responded to the many inevitable drawbacks with an attitude that feels for the best in every situation with a heart that will not give up.

    Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year

    More than ever before, consumers really care about the impact they’re having on the planet. From palm oil to plastic packaging, people are steering clear of brands that don’t fit with their commitment to tackling the climate crisis. Instead, they’re actively seeking out a new wave of brand that has sustainability at the very core of its mission, whether it’s locally-sourced, uses 100% recycled packaging or only contains responsibly and sustainably sourced ingredients.

    Food and Drink Hero of the Year : People's Choice

    The Food and Drink Hero of the Year award is the top award presented to the entrepreneur(s) whose commercial success is matched only by the essence of their entrepreneurial story. The winner(s) of this award truly encapsulate what it means to be a food and drink entrepreneur, exhibiting all of the hard work, determination, creativity and resilience required to rise above the rest.


    *Please note, the winner of this award will be chosen through a public vote

  • Judges

    We're fortunate to be supported by some of Great Britain's most successful food & drink entrepreneurs & industry experts:

    Adam Mani

    Alan Barratt

    Anna Richey & Alla Ouvarova

    Claire Harper



    Damien Lee​

    Giles Humphries​


    Heerum Fleary




    Jamie Barber



    Jason Gibb



    John Shepherd​



  • Magazine

    We create content and publications that pack a punch to support entrepreneurs & their endeavours.


    The inaugural issue of Food & Drink heroes magazine will be released in October 2020 featuring editorial and listings to support Great British Food & Drink brands in the run up to the festive period.


    Want to be featured?


    Our publication has one sole purpose; to promote and support food & drink heroes and challenger brands in Great Britain.


    If you're an entrepreneur and you'd like to be featured, or a brand that wants to support the food and drink entrepreneurial eco-system then get involved.


    Email: editorial@foodanddrinkentrepreneur.com

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