We’re so proud to say that Craig Bunting, owner of BEAR, has been recognised as one of the best in the business after being named a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards! 

Craig founded the award-winning independent brand which offers an elevated coffee experience back in 2014 alongside Michael Thorley.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards is held in partnership with Starling Bank and it champions and celebrates the hard work of business owners throughout the UK!

There were over 5,300 entries and Craig is one of the shortlisted business leaders from across the nation – what an achievement! Twelve awards will be given out per region for categories including Disruptor of the Year, Entrepreneur for Good Award, and the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Notable winners from previous years include Social Chain founder Steven Bartlett, who went on to become the youngest ever investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

In a recent press release, Craig Bunting said:
“I am humbled by this. I’ve poured many years into a vision of BEAR that sometimes even overwhelms me! To be recognised by this shortlisting further confirms what I am so passionate about. Growing business, building people and having fun! However, this is certainly not a journey I have travelled alone. My inspiration from my fellow co-founder Michael, founding investor Chris and the whole team at BEAR play a huge part in enabling me to be the entrepreneur that I am today.”

The winners will be announced at a Grand Final, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on 21st November – good luck Craig, we’re rooting for you!

*** Update ***

Best Independent Coffee Shop in the North West

BEAR has been named “Best Independent Coffee Shop in the North West” at the UK Enterprise Awards 2022 by SME News!

The SME News UK Enterprise Awards honour exciting and vibrant businesses and industries from across the UK. Like many businesses in the hospitality industry, you’ve had to cope with the impact of the pandemic and to win this award just shows that hard work and passion rewards!

This is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of you!
Big congratulations to the team.