Denbighshire-based business founder Claire Copeman has been named as Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

In partnership with Starling Bank, the ceremony was held at Grosvenor House in London on 22 November and saw 159 entrepreneurs across the UK recognised for their entrepreneurial stories and achievements over the last year.

Aside from bursting with pride for the personal achievement, I'm absolutely thrilled that a tourism business has won this award given the ongoing challenges our industry continues to face."

Adventure Tours UK launched with the aim of inspiring and enabling travellers from around the world to discover adventure in Wales’ wild spaces. And to do this whilst creating a positive impact within the communities and environments they visit. The first UK inbound tour operator to carbon label their trips, their small group adventure holidays include multi activity breaks, hiking holidays and wild wellness retreats.

Claire Copeman with a group of clients in a forest smiling at the camera.

Claire with a group of clients, and white water rafting

To have grown so much during a period of national lockdowns is incredible. That has been possible thanks to Claire's tenacity and entrepreneurial drive. We wish her all the very best!"

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards launched in 2012 to celebrate the best of British enterprise, inviting founders from across the UK to apply with their entrepreneurial success stories.

Over the last decade, the Awards has celebrated some household names including Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co, Alan and Juliet Barratt of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer. Its most recent headline-grabbing success story is its previous winner, and speaker at this year's event, Steven Bartlett, who in May was announced as the youngest ever Dragon on BBC’s Dragons Den.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts and leaders of influential UK businesses, including some of the prize winners from previous years.

Claire Copeman - Adventure Tours UK

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