Robert Small, CEO and Co-founder of Miniclip, Wins Top Entrepreneurial Accolade

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Robert Small, CEO and Co-founder of Miniclip Limited, has won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, London succeeding amongst finalists including The Big Issue, TM Lewin and other internationally renowned companies.

Robert Small, CEO and Co-founder of Miniclip Limited, has won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, London succeeding amongst finalists including The Big Issue, TM Lewin and other internationally renowned companies. Robert, aged 32, picked up this award at the Hilton this evening in front of an audience of over 600 of London's entrepreneurs, business people, the media and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The new Mayor praised the entrepreneurial spirit of the London finalists and charmed the audience with a quick witted speech in which he also outlined some of his many objectives to support London businesses.

Robert Small co-founded Miniclip in 2001, aged 24, and in seven years has built the largest online games website with over 43 million unique users per month. Miniclip games are extremely popular because they are fun, mostly free, high quality and instantly plaable. Miniclip introduces two new games every week and currently has over 500 titles in its game catalogue, and is the largest privately held entertainment portal.

Iain Wilkie, London Head of Entrepreneur Of The Year at Ernst & Young, said "This award recognises Robert as a charismatic, innovative and exciting individual who has achieved outstanding entrepreneurial success. Robert identified a niche market and turned Miniclip into an industry leading global business that has a strong financial performance and is set for further growth. Robert is a major international player and a worthy winner for London, in this the 10th year of Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in the UK."

This year's London awards saw a special lifetime achievement accolade being awarded to Terence Conran, a visionary leader who was recognised for playing a pioneering role in educating both British business and the general public on the value of both industrial and domestic design and leading the regeneration of the South Bank. Following the award ceremony, Rob Small said "I'm honoured to receive this award from Ernst & Young, especially amongst such stiff competition and with such prestigious business men present, like Sir Terence Conran and Sir Keith Mills."

Robert Small, the London region's overall winner, will now go forward to compete against the best business leaders from Scotland, Wales and England in the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards to be held in October 2008.

The category winners are as follows:

  • * * * *Overall Entrepreneur and Media Content and Distribution Entrepreneur: Robert Small, CEO and Co-founder, Miniclip
  • * * * *Business Products Entrepreneur: Sastry Karra, CEO, Hardy Oil and Gas
  • * * * *Lifetime Achievement Entrepreneur: Sir Terence Conran
  • * * * *Marketing Communications Entrepreneur: Nadhim Zahawi, Co-Founder and Group CEO and Stephan Shakespeare, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, YouGov Plc
  • * * * *Master Entrepreneur: Lord Peter Chadlington, CEO, Huntsworth
  • * * * *Special Award Entrepreneur: Dr Kartar Lalvani, President and Founder, Vitabiotics
  • * * * *Property Services: Garvis Snook, CEO, Rok plc
  • * * * *Retail Entrepreneur: Geoffrey Quinn, Managing Director, TM Lewin
  • * * * *Social Entrepreneur: John Bird, Founder and Editor in Chief and Ian MacArthur, Group Managing Director, the Big Issue
  • * * * *Young Entrepreneur: Neil Hutchinson, Managing Director, Traffic Broker Limited

Notes to Editors:

Ernst & Young Media enquiries to: Vicky Conybeer, Media relations - 020 7 951 0868/07870 635 196

Miniclip Media enquiries to: Jodie Violet - 020 7 025 3650

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries. EOY 2008 is co-sponsored by the London Stock Exchange.

The awards are endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry, the British Chamber of Commerce, the Design Council, the Institute of Directors, the Young Presidents' Organisation and the Community Action Network.

EOY London region judging panel:
EOY 2008 London judging panel was chaired by Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chairman, London Olympics. Sir Keith Mills was also UK Master Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005.

Other judges included: Rosaleen Blair, Alexander Mann Solutions, Rob Chapman, Electronic Data Systems, John Dixon, Royal Bank of Scotland, Terry Hill, Arup Group Ltd, Nic Humphries, Hg Capital, Pinky Lilani, Spice Magic, John Matthews, Regus Group plc, John Smith, BBC Worldwide and Roger Whiteside, Greggs and founder of Ocado.

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