John is one of 23 business leaders who will contest for the coveted title at a ceremony in June at Gleneagles Hotel.
The entrepreneurs from Scotland are the first of 96 finalists to be announced from across the UK. A diverse group of companies have been shortlisted, with utilities, financial services, technology, life sciences, energy, and creative industries just some of the sectors represented.
The finalists will be interviewed by an independent panel of judges, and the selected winners from Scotland and the English regions will progress to the UK finals in November, where the ‘EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 UK overall winner’ will be named.
This is well-deserved recognition for the incredible work delivered by everyone at Castle Water in establishing the UK’s leading independent water retailer.
Castle Water CEO, John Reynolds OBE
Mike Timmins, EY Entrepreneur of The Year Scotland Leader, said:
It takes courage, conviction and curiosity to achieve success as an entrepreneur and it is important to celebrate the contributions they make to our economy and society. Today’s entrepreneurs are the mentors of tomorrow and it is vital to Scotland’s vibrant business community that we support and encourage this legacy for generations to come. Entrepreneurs often see opportunities where others see adversity, they uncover gaps in the market that others didn’t even know existed and disrupt the status quo. Their passion and enthusiasm are impressive. Now in its 20th year, I continue to be amazed by the depth of ambition and innovation we have from our entrants and this year’s finalists are a tremendous example of that.