The CEO of Scotland based Spark Energy was named winner of the energy category at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK 2016 awards ceremony in London earlier this week.
Chris Gauld, described by judges as an “energetic and vibrant” entrepreneur, launched his Selkirk-based business Spark Energy in 2007. After overcoming many challenges, his company is now the leading energy supplier across the UK focusing on working with letting agents to make gas and electricity set-up for tenants as simple as possible. The company currently employs more than 300 people at their base in the Scottish Borders.
Annie Graham, EY Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme Leader in Scotland said: “Chris has shown true entrepreneurial flair, dedication and resilience in the face of adversity. He identified a niche in the market which he has transformed into a unique offering. The concept behind the business is something the judges were particularly impressed with as well as the scope for further growth.
“Entrepreneurs see the world differently. They see opportunity where others see obstacles and in a world that is constantly throwing up new challenges and disruptions, their entrepreneurial spirit is vital to driving economic growth. Chris is an excellent example of the calibre of entrepreneurs in Scotland and their contribution to business, the jobs market and the economy.”