An entrepreneur from Blackburn has triumphed at a recent awards bash, taking home a trophy for his 'ferocious entrepreneurial spirit'.

Lee Chambers, who founded Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, a bespoke wellbeing company that assists small businesses with strategy and delivery, was crowned the North West's service entrepreneur of the year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021, held at Grosvenor House in London.

Mr Chambers, who has recently won awards regionally for his work with Essentialise, was commended for his resilience through challenges, ferocious entrepreneurial spirit, and desire to create social impact through every business interaction.

Lancashire Telegraph: Lee Chambers Great British Entrepreneur Awards Winner 2021

He said: “I’m still struggling to find the words to explain how I feel about being recognised on such a big stage.

"I know these awards, from an entrepreneurs perspective, are the gold standard in the UK, so I’m overjoyed and overwhelmed at winning, especially given how we have only just started, and it was our first time entering and attending.

"When the dust settles and I’ve had the time to process everything, I think I will be extremely proud, and even more determined to keep delivering high-quality wellbeing to those that need it the most.”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards launched in 2012 to celebrate the best of British enterprise, inviting founders from across the UK to apply with their entrepreneurial success stories.

This year, after having to hold the awards virtually in 2020, the organisers brought together all eight of their regional shortlists for the first time, with a guest list of 1,200 entrepreneurs, judges, mentors, investors and partners invited to the London celebration.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts and leaders of influential UK businesses, including some of the prize winners from previous years.

Lancashire Telegraph: Lee Chambers at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “It was fantastic to hear so many inspiring business stories after a difficult few years, and even better to have been able to invite all of our finalists to the in-person ceremony and celebrate together.

“With more than 1,200 attending, the evening was a real snapshot of the UK economy.

"The winners were thoroughly deserving, overcoming some stiff competition from their fellow finalists, and we look forward to welcoming them into our alumni community and seeing what they do next.

"It’s always exciting to watch our previous winners go on to achieve amazing things and I don’t expect any less from this year’s award recipients, who we will support all the way.”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges and champions the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK.

Through the awards, alumni and participants join a community of founders and doers who offer support to inspire, learn and grow.

Lancashire Telegraph: Lee Chambers at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards