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Dec 10, 2019

Business Leaders Recognised at YES Alumni Awards

What do the CEO of A2X, Boss Lady of Burger Burger, and Co-Founder of the Crimson Education empire all have in common? They each completed the YES programme when they were at school, and they’re now being recognised for their outstanding work in business and the community at the 2019 YES Alumni Awards.


The Young Enterprise (YES) Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of an estimated 75,000 students who have completed the Young Enterprise Scheme where students work in teams to create and run a small business for a year. The YES programme has been running for  nearly 40 years, and is run by the Young Enterprise Trust, which works with schools right across the country.


Distinguished Alumni Award 2019

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is a standout player in their respective field and has made long-standing impact in the business world.

Winner: Paul Grey, Founder of A2X

A2X is the fast-growing software service used by e-commerce businesses and their accountants worldwide to automate accounting for Shopify stores and Amazon marketplace sales.


Paul Grey (Left) with award presenter Stefan Lepionka


Mimi Gilmour Buckley (Co-Founder and Boss Lady at Burger Burger) and Mark Vivian (Partner at Movac) were also selected as finalists for the award. 


Emerging Alumni Award 2019

The Emerging Alumni recipient is a bright burner who has made a clear contribution to business.

Winner: Sharndre Kushor, Co-Founder & COO of Crimson Education


Sharndre Kushor (left) with award presenter Rachel Taulelei


Other 2019 Emerging Alumni Award Finalists:

Emily Blythe, CEO & Founder of Limpidity

Helen Townsend, CEO & Founder of The Rubbish Whisperer

Rees Vinsen, CEO & Founder of Adduco


One to Watch Award 2019

The One to Watch recipient is just that – one to watch. They’ve demonstrated a passion for business and/or entrepreneurship that is worth keeping an eye on.

Winner: Josh Burns, CEO & Founder of Up Imagery 


Joshn Burns (left) with award presenter Jeriel Sajan


Other 2019 One to Watch Finalists are:

Nick Hyland & Jacksen Love, Co-Founders of Flamingo Scooters

Emily Hacket Pain, CEO & Founder of Paper Pens Pencils

Luka Licul, COO & Co-Founder of Spout Alternatives

Derek Lieu, Founding Director of Young Entrepreneurs Collective


The winners were celebrated on Wednesday 4 December at the 2019 YES National Awards dinner. The evening also celebrated the achievements of more than 4100 secondary students taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme who between them have set up more than 1000 businesses this year.