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Inclusive training provider named finalist in Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Wigan-based social enterprise Happy Smiles Training CIC has been named as a finalist in this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards, out of over 5,300 entrants.

The winners will be announced at a Grand Final, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 21st November 2022.

Happy Smiles Training is a disabled person led organisation, who deliver training in schools, community groups and businesses across the North-West. They are on a mission to improve social inclusion and their courses include disability awareness, dating and relationships, inclusive sports and language. The organisation is made up of over 90% of people with lived experience of disability.

Alex Winstanley, Co-founder & Managing Director of Happy Smiles Training said:

“It means the world to have our work valued so highly and recognised on such a huge scale. To be regarded amongst some incredible people and organisations is where we want to be and we hope that this recognition will help us to positively impact more people in communities across the UK!” 

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said

“From the pandemic to the ongoing cost of living crisis, business owners haven’t had it easy over the past few years, but it’s a testament to the tenacity and perseverance of these entrepreneurs that they have continued on their path and refused to give in.

“This year’s finalists should be so proud of what they’ve already achieved both in business and in being shortlisted for an award – we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Finals and unveiling the winners!”

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, acknowledges and champions the hard work and uplifting stories of business owners across the UK, with an emphasis on their journey and resilience over financial achievements.

Twelve awards will be given out per region for categories including Disruptor of the Year, Entrepreneur for Good Award, and the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Notable winners from previous years include Social Chain founder Steven Bartlett, who went on to become the youngest ever investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Photo: Happy Smiles Training CIC