The founder of Dr. PAWPAW, Johnny Paterson, has been named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for London and the East of England at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards being recognised as overall winner in his region out of 2,600 applicants.
The all-inclusive, multi-purpose product range was designed for everyone and Dr.PAWPAW, the brand that always gives back now sells globally in over 30 countries with a cult following including beauty fanatics, celebrities, families, influencers and make-up artists.
Johnny celebrated along with co-founder and wife Pauline Paterson and their team at their Bromley based offices, following strict social distancing measures with several members of the team also tuned in from home, Johnny comments:
I still can’t quite believe it! I have looked to the Great British Entrepreneur Awards for many years for inspiration and have always admired the calibre of candidates and winners. To join these now representing London and the East of England is such a huge achievement and honour for me, my family and the Dr.PAWPAW team. Whilst the award celebrates an individual I cannot stress enough how much this award goes to our Dr.PAWPAW family and every company who helps us make and sell products that people love. Remember, every time you buy a Dr.PAWPAW product, we give back.
Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK, rather than the business’ balance sheet.
This is the top award given in each region and is given to someone who truly encapsulates what it means to be a Great British entrepreneur. They exhibit all of the hard work, determination, creativity and resilience required to rise above the rest.
With Covid-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Paterson won the award during a virtual award ceremony joined by finalists across every region. He is now in the running to be named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 at the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with a date yet to be confirmed with uncertainty over large events due to Covid-19 restrictions.
In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:
“Entrepreneurs have shown they stay strong, even during a global pandemic. Coronavirus hasn’t stifled enterprise. Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year’s entries. And that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses. It’s my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you.
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:
I’m delighted for Johnny. He was the outstanding candidate to become Entrepreneur of the Year in London and the east of England. He exhibits everything that it means to be a Great British entrepreneur. He has a fantastic story and I can’t wait to watch Dr. PAWPAW flourish for many years to come.
Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said:
We’re entrepreneurs and we have spirit. We fight back and we’re very good at dealing with adversity. And Johnny is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world.