Welcome to our Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2021 nomination portal, ready to place game changing entrepreneurs in the spotlight for their outstanding contribution to industry, the UK economy and society.

Barclays aims to recognise founders and their businesses drawn from across the country, who amid the pandemic have gone from bedroom to (virtual) boardroom, from homemade to self-made and have succeeded in bringing together their creativity, passion and innovation. And in turn, helping to activate and stimulate the economic recovery and drive social change.

The Barclays Entrepreneur Awards consist of eight award categories, ranging from start-up through to international expansion. For the first time, a number of Barclays partners who provide services to help businesses thrive have taken the opportunity to sponsor a category.

With that in mind, we’re back for our 6th awards year and now open for nominations!

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 2 July 2021.

Terms and conditions apply. 


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Our 2021 awards are supported by…



Barclaycard, part of Barclays Bank PLC, is a leading global payment business that helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and take payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit. In the UK we process nearly £1 in every £3 spent using credit and debit cards, and in 2020 we processed over £267bn in transactions globally. We also partner with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.

Find out more information on Barclaycard Business.


Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many of our sites. By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities and dedicated industry-aligned programmes, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace. With 25 Eagle Labs across the country and more in the pipeline, our focus is to help to connect, educate and accelerate ambitious UK businesses and entrepreneurs.

Find out more information on Barclays Eagle Labs.


MarketFinance is a fintech business lender that’s been at the forefront of helping SMEs since 2011, pioneering a flexible invoice finance solution. They offer subscription and pay-as-you-go facilities so SMEs can solve the cash flow challenges getting in the way of progress – without having to commit their whole ledger. Using MarketFinance’s smart online platform, businesses can unlock cash in just a few clicks to cover unexpected costs, meet seasonal demands, invest in growth and more. MarketFinance fuses smart technology with a team that deeply understands the needs of (often underserved) SMEs to make the right business finance frictionless.

Find out more information on Invoice Finance. 


Nimbla, the InsurTech turning traditional Trade Credit Insurance on its head. Nimbla is a digital insurance platform that gives SMEs providing goods and services across the UK and Europe, the ability to insure individual invoices in minutes. Established in 2017 as the brainchild of Flemming Bengtsen, Nimbla have built an impressive company headquartered in London, with a licensed entity in The Netherlands, that has quickly established a network of globally recognised Bluechip distribution partners. Using Nimbla to check the credit risk of invoices helps SMEs safeguard against insolvent customers, expand into new and existing markets and secure better borrowing terms.

Find out more information on Invoice Insurance. 


Established in 1996, Propel Finance provides flexible and accessible finance to SMEs across the country. Propel has grown to become one of the UK’s largest independent finance houses, helping more than 40,000 businesses to access finance for purchasing business critical equipment and vehicles, quickly and easily. We are small enough to care, deliver a brilliant service to our customers and big enough to have the expertise and technology to be a leader in SME finance. Finance is subject to status. Terms and Conditions Apply. Propel acts as a lender or a credit broker for business customers only.

Find out more information on Asset Finance or call 01633 982922*.


Rise, created by Barclays, the Home of FinTech, creates the ultimate conditions for innovation and growth in financial services. Our mission is to connect technology, talent and trends from across the Rise ecosystem to accelerate innovation and growth in the financial services industry. We do this by operating FinTech workspaces around the world, with a virtual community, where cutting-edge startups and scaleups can connect, create and scale their businesses, backed by Barclays' global network of industry experts, mentors, investors and partners.

Find out more information on The Home of FinTech.


Founded in 2014, Smart Pension was purpose-built to make sure that employers of any size could easily comply with automatic enrolment duties. Their digital-first approach puts users at the centre of everything they do. As well as a digital platform, members can also easily manage their pension savings with the Smart Pension app. Recently, Smart Pension has joined the Make My Money Matter pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and has committed to achieving this well before then. The Smart Pension Master Trust is overseen by a board of independent trustees and authorised by The Pensions Regulator.

Find out more information on Workplace Pensions.


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