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Hive's founder shortlisted for BQ's Emerging Entrepreneur award 2016

John Ryder, founder and Managing Director or Hive.HR, is one of seventeen entrepreneurs from England and Scotland who have made the shortlist for the 2016 BQ Emerging Entrepreneur awards.

At the beginning of this year, Hive.HR successfully closed out a funding round on the GrowthFunders platform, quickly going into overfunding, soon after launching their campaign. The round eventually closed out at £297,000, attracting interest from a range of retail, professional, and institutional investors.

Much of Hive.HR's success in this investment round can be attributed to John's enthusiasm and passion for the business. Click here to read our Q&A session with John. We're delighted to see that he is being recognised for his entrepreneurship by making this shortlist.

Hive.HR is a cloud application that makes it easy for business owners and HR professionals to understand, measure, and improve employee engagement in a transformational way. The idea is that through weekly, anonymous, micro-surveys, employers can measure the engagement, motivation, and productivity of their workforce.


BQ have found that there is a strong theme of social consciousness across this year's shortlisted businesses, which is fantastic as it aligns with our ethos of growth and impact. Read more about Hive.HR's positive impact potential here.

Choosing the finalists

Shortlists have been drawn up for four separate awards which celebrate entrepreneurs from the North East, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, and Scotland. Interestingly, the shortlisted entrepreneurs cover a range of sectors from manufacturing through to digital, and food and drink to property. A winner for each area will be chosen, prior to the national final at MADE festival, the UK's premier event for entrepreneurs.

Those four regional winner will be announced this Thursday (February 25th) at a dinner in Leeds, hosted by the BBC’s Mark Easton. Josh Littlejohn of Social Bite will also be there to discuss how he came to be recognised as one of Scotland’s most prolific social entrepreneurs, and how he managed to get George Clooney and Richard Branson involved in his work.

BQ’s managing director, Bryan Hoare, said: “Every year we’re amazed with the standard of the entrepreneurs who are nominated for this award, and every year it gets harder and harder to shortlist just four businesses, which is why we’ve made some special mentions this year too.

The 2015 BQ Emerging Entrepreneur Dinner

“The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well, and we’re so pleased to be able to highlight the stories of our emerging entrepreneurs this way, with thanks to our sponsors Irwin Mitchell and Bentley Leeds.”

Andrea Cropley, corporate partner at key sponsor Irwin Mitchell, said: “Irwin Mitchell are delighted to sponsor the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur awards. Entrepreneurialism is the key driver to economic growth in the national economy, and celebrating success is an important part of making this happen.”

The North East shortlist:

One to watch: Owen Dixon of BestStudentHalls.

Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist and a huge "Good luck John!" from the GrowthFunders team. 

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