Ascona Group (‘Ascona’), one of the UK’s fastest-growing forecourt operators, is delighted to announce that its founder and chief executive, Darren Briggs, won two regional awards for Wales at this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Darren was awarded both the Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year and the Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Wales for his hard work and leadership over a challenging 12 months.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards launched in 2012 to celebrate the best of British enterprise, inviting founders from across the UK to apply with their entrepreneurial success stories.
In partnership with Starling Bank, the ceremony was held at Grosvenor House in London on 22 November and saw 159 entrepreneurs across the UK recognised for their entrepreneurial stories and achievements over the last year.
Darren Briggs, chief executive and founder of Ascona Group, commented: “After a such a challenging year, it is a huge honour to have received these two awards, something that would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our exceptionally talented Ascona team.”
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, spoke highly of the entrepreneurial talent coming out of this year’s cohort: “It was fantastic to hear so many inspiring business stories after a difficult few years, and even better to have been able to invite all of our finalists to the in-person ceremony and celebrate together.
“With more than 1,200 attending, the evening was a real snapshot of the UK economy. The winners were thoroughly deserving, overcoming some stiff competition from their fellow finalists, and we look forward to welcoming them into our alumni community and seeing what they do next. It’s always exciting to watch our previous winners go on to achieve amazing things and I don’t expect any less from this year’s award recipients, who we will support all the way.”
Anne Boden MBE, founder of Starling Bank, headline partner of the Awards, said: “It is fantastic to see these worthy individuals being celebrated through these awards. We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best of luck with their future endeavours during these changing times.”