All applications for the 14 award categories are with the category sponsors who will be responsible for selecting three finalists. Judging the ‘Business Entrepreneur of the Year’ category is world leading information services company, Experian.
The company help individuals to take financial control and access financial services which work for them. Likewise, they help businesses to make smarter decisions using data, enabling lenders to lend more responsibly, and help organisations from across sectors to combat identity fraud and crime.
Andy Wills is the Director of Automotive & Consumer Data at Experian and gave insight into their sponsorship of the ‘Business Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. He said: “Entrepreneurism has always been the core to who we are. Many of our clients, suppliers and partners are small entrepreneurial businesses who have helped us grow and create new ways to drive innovation, change and value for their customers, and ours. We have always been passionate about supporting new and exciting start-ups in Nottingham and our acquisition of FinTech, HD Decisions, is a recent example to reflect this.
He continued: “We know we have a major role to play supporting the local business community and are proud to be able to recognise the best entrepreneurs in the region. We’re thrilled to be part of the celebration to showcase their fantastic achievements.”
Experian has long been committed to Nottingham since the company was built up in the region almost 50 years ago. Generating high-quality jobs in the region is just one of the ways in which Experian contribute to the community of Nottingham. Sharing other ways, Andy said:
“With 2,500 colleagues based across sites in Ollerton, Ruddington, Queen’s Drive and Nottingham City we are very conscious of the responsibility we have in the communities we operate in and the significant opportunity to make a real difference. As well as being a major buyer of goods and services locally, we’re also proud that our Nottingham colleagues have volunteered over 7,000 hours since April supporting local businesses and charitable partners.”
Always looking for ways in which to grown and expand their business offering, Andy detailed what the future looks like for Experian. He said: “We want to help people understand the hugely positive changes data can play to the way we all live and work. Our latest media campaign, ‘Data Self’, underpins this commitment, opening-up an important conversation about how people can make the most of their data.
He finished with: “We want to build on our recent successes, including being named as one of the ‘Top Employers’ in the UK, where we want to continue to develop our working culture and push the boundaries to create the best possible working environment for our people. “