Newcastle Employability Entrepreneur announced finalist in Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Newcastle based Entrepreneur Sophie Milliken has been announced as a regional finalist in two categories of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. From a long list of nominations, Sophie has been recognised as a leading entrepreneur in the North East region, highlighting her success in running a multi award-winning business and contributing to various projects in the community.

Founded in 2013, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom. The Awards have celebrated some outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become household names. Previous winners include the founders of BrewDog, Tangle Teezer, and Clearscore. This year, Sophie is a finalist for the North East Region in two categories - Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year and Pivot Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sophie is the Founder and Managing Director of multi award-winning SRS Recruitment and Employability Experts. SRS design and deliver recruitment materials for employers, as well as running large-scale assessment centre simulations for universities across the UK. Recently, SRS has successfully adapted in response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning all planned in-person events could go ahead digitally.

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “Given what we’ve seen over the past few months, the 2020 edition of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is arguably the most important. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we celebrate the achievements of the country’s entrepreneurs and their determination in the face of such adversity.

“So many entrepreneurs will have been fighting to keep their business afloat over the past few months, and indeed will be over the coming months. That’s exactly why we launched the Pivot category; to recognise those that have managed to adapt and thrive throughout this period."

Sophie, MD of SRS, is delighted to be recognised in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, saying: “Pivoting has been a key part of our strategy since March which is why I was delighted to hear we had been shortlisted in this category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards & Community, along with being shortlisted in the Services category too.

“In Autumn 2019 we introduced digital elements to our assessment centre events. This improved the student experience for in-person events (and reduced paper waste) but come March, it enabled us to pivot and run our first fully digital assessment centre. We've since run events for five more universities and have 40+ events booked in for Autumn using our own outstandingly good software.

“In March, there were days of worry and panic so to be in the running for this award is super special. My team have been amazing in pivoting so well and enabling us to maintain our excellent standards of delivery in this niche area.”

With face to face events challenging, this year the regional heats will be celebrated online on September 23rd.

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