The CEO of Manchester-based supplement brand Yumi Nutrition, Sebastien Vanderlinden, has been shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category in the Regional Finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Having founded the business in 2017 in a one-bedroom apartment, Sebastien, 27, has grown Yumi Nutrition into a successful brand with the widest range of chewable supplements in the UK.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom with previous winners including the founders of BrewDog, Tangle Teezer and The LAD Bible.
With a number of retail distribution deals in the UK and the US including Holland & Barrett and Urban Outfitters, Yumi Nutrition is already on track for its first seven-figure turnover year having seen a 4x increase in turnover year-on-year. Sebastien was shortlisted from a long list of nominations and will now go head to head with four other young entrepreneurs in the North West & Yorkshire and the Humber regional finals.
Sebastien Vanderlinden, CEO of Yumi Nutrition, said: “Yumi Nutrition has seen incredible growth over the past three years and it’s been a fantastic journey for myself and my co-founders. The success of the business is clearly demonstrated by our ever-increasing sales and listings with major retailers which have helped us towards a record turnover year.
“Recognition by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is another exciting step for me personally and I’m really proud to have been shortlisted for the regional finals for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category.”
Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “I want to send my congratulations to each and every single entrepreneur who has made it to the shortlist this year, and I wish them the very best of luck for the regional finals.”
Anne Boden, founder and CEO of award partners Starling Bank, said: “These entrepreneurs have gone above and beyond in order to allow their businesses to flourish in extremely difficult times and it is a true honour to congratulate each and every one of them.”
The awards will be judged by a panel of experts including Hayley Parsons, who founded Go Compare, Cath Kidston, Lord Bilimoria of Cobra Beer and Kanya King, the founder of the MOBO awards with the regional finals taking place on September 23rd.