Ross Williams, CEO and co-founder of Global Personals Ltd has been named e-commerce entrepreneur of the year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Global Personals own WhiteLabelDating.com, one of the biggest dating brands in the world, who offer a complete platform for individuals to create their own dating sites.
This “out of the box” dating platform currently counts The Independent, Smooth Radio and Bauer Media among their clients.
Ross launched the company in 2003 with Steve Pammenter from an office in Ross’s spare bedroom.
In a decade, they have seen revenues rise to almost £50m, the company expanding to seven English-speaking countries across the world.
Williams said: “The dating industry now contributes an estimated £3.6 billion to the UK economy; we’re delighted to have been one of the first companies to be the driving force behind that.
“Throughout our ten years in business, we’ve continued to drive innovation from our 50+ strong development team and driven new safety standards for customer care in the dating industry with the introduction of our 24/7 moderation team.
“As we begin to expand into new verticals, such as online gaming, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next ten years has to bring for both myself and the team who work so hard to make Global Personals what it is today.”
Williams beat the founders of companies such as The Cambridge Satchel Company – who went home with three awards – Green Man Gaming and Naked Wines to win the award.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards aim to be the recognised standard for celebrating the contribution and inspiration to the UK economy provided by entrepreneurial businesses.
Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:
“Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the economy. They question the received wisdom, drive change and create opportunities. They rescue failing industries and invent entirely new ones. They create jobs and solve problems. Entrepreneurs make something of nothing.”
See the full list of winners here.