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Sir Stelios speaking at the 2018 award ceremony

Past winners

The prize money has been awarded to entrepreneurs working across all types of businesses over the years.

Find out who won the past awards and read about their stories to success:

2017 winner — Hannah Chamberlain, Mental Snapp

Hannah ChamberlainHannah is the founder of Mental Snapp — a video diary app that helps people proactively manage their mental health.

‘Being the overall winner means we can make MentalSnapp even better — we’ve got plans for intelligent responses to the videos, tailored to what our users want, all designed to help people actively and confidently manage their mental health with private video diaries.’

2016 winner — Alex Papanikolaou, Freedom One Wheelchair

Alex Papanikolaou with Sir SteliosAlex’s business, Freedom One Life, has developed a next-generation power wheelchair, designed to offer a step change in reliability, performance and support in the power wheelchair market.

‘Winning this award is huge recognition that what started as an idea is going to become a reality for thousands of people around the world.’

2015 winner — Geoff Holt MBE, Wetwheels

Stelios with award-winner Geoff HoltGeoff runs Wetwheels, a community interest company (CIC) in Portsmouth which operates fully accessible boats to provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

The company offers disabled clients educational and mentoring programmes, along with sporting and recreational trips on the sea.

‘I am deeply honoured to have been chosen by Sir Stelios and the award will really give us the chance to expand our services for disabled people.’

2014 winner — Ben Wolfenden, Visibilis

Sir Stelios with 2014 winner Ben Wolfenden holding the cheque for £50,000Ben is the founder and client services director of Visibilis, offering digital marketing expertise to help businesses improve their online visibility.

Ben has cystic fibrosis and insulin-dependent diabetes, and undergoes a gruelling regime of medication and physiotherapy every day.

2013 winner — James King, Oliver James Garden Rooms

Sir Stelios, James King and his children with the £50,000 chequeJames King, who runs home extension firm Oliver James Garden Rooms, won the seventh annual Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

James and his team design and build garden room extensions, which have tiled roofs, so unlike a traditional conservatory, the rooms are warm in winter and cool in summer.

2012 winner — Dave Hawkins, Cyclone Technologies

Dave Hawkins won the Award in 2012 with Cyclone Technologies — a company which supplies wheelchairs and fitness equipment to disabled people in the UK, USA and Europe.

Products include bespoke, lightweight wheelchairs, accessible gym equipment, functional electrical stimulation equipment (designed for people with spinal injuries) and mobility devices for people with severe walking impairments.

2011 winners — Rob Smith, The Active Hands Company and Huw Thomas, Promove UK

Rob’s business, The Active Hands Company, designs, manufactures and sells gripping aids which allow disabled people with limited hand function to grip a wide variety of items.

Huw’s business, Promove UK, designs, manufactures and supplies specialist slings used to rescue, evacuate and transfer sick, injured, disabled or incapacitated people.

2010 winner — Vanessa Heywood, Tiny Mites Music

Vanessa Heywood won the Award in 2010 for her business Tiny Mites Music, which offers live and recorded interactive music sessions aimed at young children.

2009 winner — John Pickup, Amputees in Action

John Pickup, 40 an amputee, began Amputees in Action, a company that specialises in supplying amputee extras and stuntmen for Hollywood films, television and for armed forces casualty training in 2004.

The firm’s artistes have featured in a number of big-screen blockbusters including Gladiator, 28 Weeks Later, Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan and popular TV shows like Doctor Who.

2007 winner — Amar Latif, Traveleyes

Amar established his business, Traveleyes, in 2005 with the aim of helping blind people experience world travel.

Sighted travellers join the visually impaired on trips to destinations including Cuba, Canada, Italy and Spain, acting as their 'eyes' by describing their surroundings.​