Mark Williams, the founder and CEO of LIMB-art, Conwy, Wales, won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for Wales at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. LIMB-art designs and manufactures prosthetic leg covers.
Founded in 2018 by former Paralympic swimmer and medalist Mark Williams and his wife Rachael, LIMB-art was born out of a desire to help other prosthesis users raise their confidence, be proud of what they have, and have fun showing off.
“In this ever-changing landscape we have kept our focus on quality and producing the coolest prosthetics we can imagine and this is paying off with increased export sales, and the cost-saving benefits to the [United Kingdom’s National Health Service] is also helping during these tough times,” said Williams.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award celebrates entrepreneurs who have overcome hardship either in their personal lives or business careers to be the driving force behind the growth of their businesses.
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.”
“We’re entrepreneurs and we have spirit,” said Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank. “We fight back and we’re very good at dealing with adversity. And Mark is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world.”
The winners of each category will go to the national final of the awards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events.