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Andrew Wilson and Carolyne Vale named Midlands regional finalists in EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

04 May 2016

Andrew Wilson and Carolyne Vale, co-founders of Wilson Vale, have been named joint finalists within the Midlands region of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016.

The couple started their niche catering business in 2002, working initially from home above their garage in Derbyshire, and establishing the business on £50K personal savings and ‘a laptop and a pencil’.

Wilson Vale now employs 600 people and holds 85 catering contracts, mainly within business & industry, independent education and the conference venues sector. Current annual turnover is £23 million.

Throughout the company’s growth, the co-founders have never lost sight of their fresh food ethos and values.

Andrew Wilson said: “We are absolutely thrilled, surprised and honoured to be included in such great company. We really didn’t expect this as we don’t see ourselves as high flying entrepreneurs but more as two people with a passion and enjoyment for what we do.

“This is a fantastic endorsement of everything we have achieved to date, and we are particularly pleased for our teams whose hard work and absolute commitment continue to make the Wilson Vale journey so special.”

Andrew and Carolyne will join 33 others at the Midlands finals, which will be held on Tuesday June 14 at Birmingham Council House in Birmingham.

The 12-strong judging panel includes Lord Digby Jones, an international businessman and active cross-bench peer in the House of Lords, and Inspired Thinking Group CEO, Simon Ward.

Now in its 30th year globally and 18th in the UK, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year recognises entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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