We are excited to share that on Monday 3rd October, our co-founders Marg Randles and John Woodward were announced as EY Entrepreneur(s) Of The Year at an awards dinner in London. Held at the Brewery, Chiswell Street, and hosted by BBC presenter, Jeremy Vine, the awards dinner honoured 40 business leaders across 11 categories.
Marg Randles, our Managing Director and John Woodward our Group CEO, were described by the judges as having built a ‘well-established business that started 33 years ago’ which ‘continues to grow internationally having taken the emerging UK market by storm’.
John and Marg particularly impressed the judges with their international growth and future expansion plans; currently operating 60 nurseries in South East Asia.
Andrew Spence, Partner and Midlands Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader at EY, said:
“Having grown the business from scratch to become the UK’s leading childcare provider, Marg and John’s entrepreneurial spirit is to be admired.
“They had a simple aspiration to create better outcomes for young children through exceptional care and education. Over 30 years later and following huge success in the UK, they’ve been able to grow their business internationally by making it relevant to other markets, particularly in Asia.”
Marg was thrilled to receive this accolade alongside John and said:
“I am very privileged that for 34 years I have been involved in shaping a great business delivering high quality childcare for children. We are very proud of our achievements and for this to be marked with the EOY national award is the icing on the cake.”
John, who is currently in Singapore working with our South East Asia team, was equally thrilled and added:
“We are delighted to receive this award as a reflection of Busy Bees fantastic achievements and in light of our plans for the future in the UK and globally. We have only been able to achieve great things because of the dedication and devotion of many, many people that work tirelessly to provide quality childcare and education, and those that ensure we have a sustainable business with plenty of scope for growth. We can’t believe how much fun we have had along the way.
Yes, there have been risks and yes there have been problems we’ve had to overcome, but we’ve kept on going, one foot in front of the other and we’ve got many exciting plans for the future. I’d like to thank the EY team and the judges, for their acknowledgement and support throughout”