Aspire CEO Named Finalist in Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises entrepreneurs who are creating innovative futures.

We are thrilled to announce that our CEO and Founder, Chris Fraser, has been named a finalist for the North region in the prestigious Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 awards.

The global awards programme recognises the accomplishments of entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional leadership, innovation, and success in building thriving businesses.

Aspire was established in 2006 as a small business with only two employees. Through our dedication to innovation and growth, we have grown to become one of the largest IT-managed service and cybersecurity providers in the UK, with over 260 employees and offices in Gateshead, London, Leeds, and Stockton-on-Tees.

In 2022, we secured a significant minority investment from private equity firm LDC in a transaction that values the company at £85m, positioning us for further growth and success.

Selected by an independent panel of judges, Chris’s nomination is a testament to his vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and long-term approach to building value. We have made significant strides in providing innovative IT solutions that help businesses grow faster, and this nomination recognises our continued impact in the industry.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be recognised by Ernst & Young. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the entire Aspire team and everyone who has helped us on this journey. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the hard work, dedication and support of our colleagues, customers and partners”.

Chris Fraiser

CEO and Founder – Aspire Technology Solutions

The winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year UK will be announced at a celebration event in November. The individual will go on to represent the UK on the global stage to compete for the coveted title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2024.

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards programme, celebrating entrepreneurship through regional and national awards programmes in over 60 countries.

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