Philip Davies – Co-Founder and CEO of FlyForm Ltd – has been named Disruptor of the Year for the Wales region at the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Selected from a shortlist of 4 regional finalists, Philip was recognised for being a purpose-driven leader who thinks outside the box and is guided by his entrepreneurial vision to make a positive impact on society.
Philip founded FlyForm with his business partner Arron Davies in late 2015. As the only Wales-based Elite status partner of ServiceNow – the premier global B2B cloud platform with 2019 revenue of $3.5bn, FlyForm was created with the mission of making society a better place through the power of technology. Since its early days, the company has quickly grown to work with clients across the UK and experienced compounded annual growth rate of 261%. Earlier this year, the company received an investment from Lloyds Bank to fuel growth target of £1 billion by 2030. The company’s current clients span a variety of sectors, including government, financial services, technology and healthcare.
“It’s an honour to be chosen for this award by well-respected peers and fellow successful entrepreneurs. I founded FlyForm with nothing but a passion for technology and its power to make a positive impact on the world. Five years down the line, to be recognised for our success shows that we’re on the right track.
“I want to congratulate all my fellow finalists in Wales and other regions. It was an honour just have my name read out loud amongst such great, inventive entrepreneurs with endless ambitions. It has been a challenging year for businesses everywhere and we have a long road ahead – but seeing the companies represented here alongside FlyForm, I am encouraged by the passion and creativity, and I am confident the future will be bright for all of us.”
Phil Davies, Co-founder and CEO
Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK. With COVID-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Phil won the award during a virtual award ceremony joined by finalists across every region.
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.
“Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year’s entries. And that’s what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses.
“It’s my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you.
“Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you’ve done.”
"Phil has a wonderful entrepreneurial story and I’m delighted for him to win this award. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on what he does in the years to come and look forward to welcoming Phil to the community.”
Francesca James, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards
"We’re entrepreneurs and we have spirit. We fight back and we’re very good at dealing with adversity. And Phil is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world. I’m so excited that Starling, a business I founded in 2014 and now the Best British Bank, is sponsoring such an important award. And as one entrepreneur to another, congratulations to getting where you are this evening and best of luck for the future.”
Anne Boden, Founder and CEO of Starling Bank
The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events.