Posted on 8th February 2017
Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the South-East Dealmaker Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 7th February 2017
Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview Wine Estate, was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the gala ceremony at the Copthorne Effingham Hotel near Gatwick. The 11th annual South East Dealmaker Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the regions corporate finance community.
Tamara Roberts said of her award: “To be named Entrepreneur of the Year in the South-East Dealmakers is a great honour. It is a wonderful reward for all the hard work that has gone into the growth of Ridgeview, which really is a team effort. To be nominated by my peers also reflects how highly regarded the English sparkling wine industry has become within the South East business community.”
Tamara Roberts took over as CEO of her family business in 2014. Ridgeview were one of the first to spot the potential of Southern England for producing world class sparkling wines. Ridgeview are the proud winners of numerous international trophies and their wine is served regularly at Buckingham Palace and the official sparkling wine of No. 10 Downing Street. Leading the way in export of English sparkling wine, Ridgeview can now be found in 12 countries around the world. Under Tamara’s astute leadership, the business has plans to double production incrementally over the next five years.
The event organized by Insider Magazine was compared by broadcaster Chris Hollins to highlight the success of the region’s top merger and acquisitions professionals. The Dealmakers Entrepreneur was sponsored by Barlow Robbins Corporate solicitors.
Tamara is actively involved within the local business community and is on the board of English Wine Producers and Wine and Spirts Trade Association. The latest award is a testament to Tamara’s strength as a leader in the English sparkling wine industry and her excellent reputation in the wider South East Business community.
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