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Sir Stelios, Neil Heslop and 2017 winners

Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

In partnership with Leonard Cheshire

Stelios award for disabled entrepreneurs UK 12th year 2018 logo

Calling all entrepreneurs!

The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs is back for its 12th year, and we want to help you ignite your start-up ideas, clever business plans and brilliant marketing skills. 

What is the Award?

The Stelios Award is a business award run in partnership with the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. It recognises the exceptional spirit and business ability of disabled entrepreneurs.

Each of our five finalists win £10,000 with the winner recieving an extra £20,000 to help kickstart their business or take it to the next level.

We welcome start-ups, social enterprises and companies which are already up and running.

This year's finalists

Joshua Wintersgill

Josh, who lives in Winterbourne, founded his company — Ablemove — in February 2018 and the product puts people with physical reduced mobility first. Ensuring safety, comfort and dignity is paramount when being transferred on and off an aeroplane.

Samona Williams

Samona started the CocoaToThrill à-la-mode chocolate boutique in February of this year, creating beautiful bespoke chocolate art for luxury events and personalised gifts for weddings and special occasions. 

Mark Williams

After losing a leg in a car accident aged 10, Mark’s world changed forever. But he has since embraced his experience and shows others that anything is possible, starting a business that creates bespoke prosthetic leg covers he’s understandably proud of.

Rachel Shapey

Rachel’s business — I Can Compose — guides students through the academic side of composition with resources designed to build confidence at GCSE and ‘A’ Level.

Nick Lock

Nick’s business — Trevisick’s Pie Emporium — was the first of its kind to be certified palm oil free. His artisan pies are freshly prepared daily without additives and based on famous old recipes handed down from the original J Trevesick Pork Butchers and are unique to the region.

‘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.’

— Hannah Chamberlain, 2017 overall winner