A number of leading entrepreneurs have been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2019 for their notable contribution to the economy.

Tom Blomfield (Monzo), Paul Lindley (Ella’s kitchen) and Amali De Alwis (CEO, Code First Girls) are among the 1,148 people recognised for their services to Britain in the New Year honours list.

Also awarded is 28-year-old Stephen Addison, the founder of BoxUp Crime – a social enterprise boxing training programme aimed at turning young people away from crime.

Of those named in the Queen’s New Year honours list, 544 were women – which is a 2% decrease from last year’s list – and only 12% of the successful candidates came from a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background.

Here are some of the business leaders recognised in the Honours list released twice a year – at the New Year and the Queen’s birthday:


Bisoye Babalola, founder of Nights Global, awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the creative industries.

Stephen Addison, founder of BoxUp Crime, awarded a British Empire Medal for services to young people in Barking and Dagenham.

Joy Hibbins, founder of Suicide Crisis, awarded a British Empire Medal for services to vulnerable people.

Cheryl Johnson, founder of Remember My Baby, awarded a British Empire Medal for services to bereaved families.

Michael Andreas, founder of Global Generation Church, awarded a British Empire Medal for services to social empowerment in Thanet, Kent.


Tom Blomfield, founder of Monzo, receives an Order of the British Empire for services to improving competition and financial inclusion in the banking sector.

Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s kitchen, receives an Order of the British Empire for services to exports in the food and drink sector and to children’s welfare.

Mark Prince, founder of The Kiyan Prince Foundation, for services to tackling knife and gang crime in London.

Stephen Coleman, Co-founder of CodeBase, for services to technology entrepreneurship.

Sophie Humphreys, founder of Pause, for services to children’s social care.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, founder of National Problem Gambling Clinic, for services to addiction treatment and research.

David Bragg, founder of Send a Cow, for services to tackling poverty in Africa.

Sukhjeev Sandhu, founder of Audeliss and INvolve, for services to diversity in business.

Joanna Hunter, Co-founder of Smart Works, for services to disadvantaged women through employment skills training.


Amali De Alwis, CEO of Code First Girls, for services to diversity and training in the technology industry.

Mehmooda Duke DL, founder of Moosa-Duke Solicitors, for services to the legal profession and the promotion of female entrepreneurship.

Mary-Theresa Early, founder of Theatre Peckham, for services to young people in the arts.

Belinda Roberts, founder of WeDO Scotland and MD Marvelous Mustard, for services to business and entrepreneurship.


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