Business Leader of the Year 2021

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Business Leader of the Year Awards 2021 is Kirsty Henshaw.

Kirsty founded the Yorkshire-based Kirsty’s brand following a long search for free-from food options that her son would be able to enjoy after discovering he had several allergies. Her profile was raised after securing funding on BBC hit show Dragon’s Den in 2010.

Fast forward ten years and Kirsty’s is worth £15m. The company sells an award-winning gluten- & dairy-free range of chilled ready meals, frozen pizzas and frozen desserts, which are stocked in every major UK supermarket. In July 2020, Kirsty’s announced it had invested £2M in a new allergen-free factory to help double the business’s size within three years.