The founder of leading chewable supplement brand Yumi Nutrition, Sebastien Vanderlinden, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the north west at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
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.
The category recognises some of the UK’s brightest young entrepreneurial talent and their
ability to create business success that defies expectations of their age.
With Covid-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Sebastien won the award during a virtual award ceremony joined by finalists across every region.
In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Entrepreneurs have shown that 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. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you’ve done.”
Sebastien Vanderlinden, CEO of Yumi Nutrition, said: “Having founded Yumi Nutrition in my one-bedroom apartment only three years ago, the business has seen incredible growth in a short space of time.
“We’ve seen an ever-increasing number of online sales which, alongside several retail distribution deals in the UK and the US including Holland & Barrett and Urban Outfitters, has already put us on track for our first seven-figure turnover year.
“It’s been an amazing journey so far and being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the north west at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is a huge honour for me and is recognition of the hard work the whole Yumi team has put in over the past few years.”
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “Sebastien has a wonderful entrepreneurial story and I’m delighted for him to win this award. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on what he does in the years to come and look forward to welcoming him to the community.”
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 Sebastien is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world.”
The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events.