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Mull man Ruari Fairbairns who founded a global alcohol prevention programme has picked up a top entrepreneur award.
The One Year No Beer founder has just been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Inspired by Ruari’s own personal journey, One Year No Beer (OYNB) is a programme aimed at anyone drinking more than three glasses of wine a week, helping them change their relationship with alcohol and transforms lives.
Ruari also won the regional Health & Wellbeing Entrepreneur of the Year title at the 2020 awards.
The entrepreneur was also congratulated by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Ruari said: ‘This has been such a tough year for so many people following the outbreak of the C19 pandemic and with so many turning to alcohol to manage their symptoms of stress and anxiety, it has never been more important for us to continue on our mission to help people change their relationship with alcohol, which leads to most people fundamentally transforming their lives.’
Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with its sponsor Starling Bank celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK, rather than the business’ balance sheet.
With Covid-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Ruari won the award during a virtual award ceremony.
He is now in the running to be named Great British Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 at the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘Entrepreneurs have shown they stay strong, even during a global pandemic. Coronavirus hasn’t stifled enterprise.
‘Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year’s entries. And that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses.
‘Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you’ve done.’
Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: ‘I’m delighted for Ruari. He was the outstanding candidate to become Entrepreneur of the Year in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He exhibits everything that it means to be a Great British entrepreneur. He has a fantastic story and I can’t wait to watch One Year No Beer flourish for many years to come.’