Spark Academy shortlists for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

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It has just been announced that Leicester based Spark Academy has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Small Business of the Year award.


Spark Academy, an after school tuition provider founded by Mital Thanki, a former teacher, entrepreneur and Leicester local, beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist. Over 1000 businesses entered the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.


Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.


Founder and CEO, Mital Thanki, said:

We are incredibly passionate in helping young people believe in themselves. We create exciting learning experiences and are driven to seeing pupil progress. I am incredibly proud that my teams’ tireless efforts in making quality education affordable for all is being recognised.


Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said:

We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.


We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.


Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”


“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”


The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: