Busy Bees celebrates as founders win EY Entrepreneurs of the year 2016 for UK Consumer Products and Services

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We’re celebrating again! Our midland-based co-founders Marg Randles and John Woodward were announced as EY Entrepreneur(s) Of The Year at an awards dinner in London on Monday, 3rd October. 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, Managing Director and John Woodward, 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, already 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. Our UK judges were particularly impressed by their enduring entrepreneurial spirit, continued motivation and commitment to growth, which even extended to moving to Singapore to oversee their expansion.”

Marg was thrilled to receive this accolade alongside her fellow founder, 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 it acknowledges the consistent delivery of a quality childcare service to parents and children and the vision for global growth of reflection of Busy Bees fantastic achievements. 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 for our children. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable process and we’d like to thank the EY team and the judges, for their acknowledgement and support throughout”