Andrew Gilbert, Managing Director and founder of Britain’s fastest growing data centre company, Node4, has been named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the year 2011 award. The national award will be presented to the UK business leader who has shown the most drive and innovation in starting and growing companies in challenging economic conditions. Gilbert reached the finals after winning the Ernst & Young North and Midlands Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in June. The regional award is presented to the most innovative, dynamic and successful young businessman or woman in the region.
Gilbert faces competition from over 40 of the UK’s most entrepreneurial businessmen and women and the awards will be held at London’s Hilton Park Lane on 3rd October and hosted by Fiona Bruce and attended by business secretary Vince Cable.
As one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in Britain, Andrew said,
“I am delighted to get through to the finals of such a prestigious award and whilst a personal achievement it is a reflection of the efforts of my whole team over the past year. Despite a toughening economy, 2012 is going to be very exciting for Node4 and we are already planning our fifth data centre with a sixth also on the cards. The future of cloud computing and data centre technology is rapidly evolving and I anticipate the continuous growth of UK’s market to remain strong for the foreseeable future.”