Gill Riley OBE, Managing Director of leading lifting solutions specialists, GGR Group, has recently been recognised for her entrepreneurial achievements by being presented with the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur Award for the North of the UK.
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ convenes visionary founders, CEOs and business leaders from around the world in the ultimate global competition for entrepreneurs. This annual event is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of leaders whose vision and innovation are creating long-term value and building a better working world.
This award follows Gill Riley’s last award win in late 2022, when she won Woman Of The Year at the Everywoman awards in the UK.
Gill Riley, Managing Director commented “It’s a privilege to be nominated and to win the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the North. I am so proud of the fantastic and innovative business we have created here at GGR Group. Leading such an experienced and technically minded team of people and introducing many lifting industry firsts for the last 28 years is what has helped shape the GGR Group into what it is today. “
Starting with just £5,000 of initial funding in 1995, the business grew into a £33 million global success in 2022. The company now has a reputation for offering best-in-class service, equipment, and technical expertise, working on notable signature projects including HS2 and The Shard, whilst boasting the largest fleet and widest range of equipment in the UK. The company has grown through Gill’s entrepreneurship, passion and endeavour, but also her true ability to inspire others and “lead from the front,” as she has demonstrated by personally taking on some of GGR’s most important tasks.
Gill’s commitment to the lifting industry sees her operating on many fronts and at various levels of business to positively influence the sector as a whole in the UK, overseas, but also on a local level through various community initiatives. Gill’s contribution to improving Health & Safety and raising standards in the lifting industry covers a range of notably key areas, namely Innovation; Green Innovation & Sustainability; Training; Safety and Standards; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); Apprenticeships; Women in Construction; Women in Business; and Community.