Jackie Mulligan, founder of shop local initiative ShopAppy has won the prestigious 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Service Industries category. ShopAppy beat off some tough competition with over 3000 businesses entering the awards nationally across a range of categories.
Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Company and James Watt of BrewDog.
Founder of ShopAppy, Jackie Mulligan said “I am delighted to have won this prestigious award and to have had the opportunity to spread the shop local message still further. ShopAppy is about shaping an alternative future for our high streets, town and city centres that benefits small independent businesses and makes it easier for customers to shop local and support their local economies. It was great to be recognised for our efforts to change the game and to provide a local alternative for online shoppers and for browsers to see what is available in our towns and city centre districts. We are thinking outside the home delivery box for a better future for our communities”
The new and fast-growing enterprise ShopAppy, which was recently mentioned in a Parliamentary Committee looking at the future of high streets, is fighting hard to help towns and independent businesses at one of the most challenging environments for high street retail in history. ShopAppy recently expanded its operations from Yorkshire into Norfolk and will be launching more towns and city districts in 2019. The site and app enables busy people to browse their local high streets and markets online and either buy items for collection later or book events, appointments and services.
Creator of the GB Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said: “2018 has been a record year for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the number of entries we received. But the quality of applications has been above and beyond what we’ve seen in previous years.
“Just getting to the gala final as a finalist is a huge achievement given the competition on show, so to walk away with a trophy in your hand deserves huge congratulations.”
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrated entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. More information about the awards and the ceremonies can be found here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.
ShopAppy.com is a website and app that was created to revive British High Streets by providing an alternative to supermarkets and online retail giants, allowing customers to browse and buy local products online. A simple click-and-collect service allows people to buy from their local shops 24/7 and pick goods up from out-of-hours collection points, usually a pub or other evening opening venue.
The site doesn’t take commission on sales and encourages shoppers to look at what amazing things are on their doorstep to influence footfall and spend. It is the brainchild of Dr Jackie Mulligan, a former academic and a shop local fan from Saltaire, West Yorkshire. Her motivation was to give every independent shop in every local town a 24-hour shop window and the power of a superstore by having all the local products and services in one place online. For more information contact Jackie@ShopAppy.com or call 07920 045108
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards:
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and
inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.
For Great British Entrepreneur Awards information, contact 0845 5000 328.