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Rosemary Squire OBE, co-Founder and Joint CEO of Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) - the world’s number one live-theatre company - has been named the UK Overall Winner at the UK Finals of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, and is the first woman to ever win the top UK award.
Earlier in the evening, Squire also won the Entrepreneur award in the Private Equity-Backed category.
Squire collected both prizes at the UK Finals Awards Dinner held at The Brewery in London last night (6 October).
'For our company and my contribution to be recognised by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an enormous honour. For mine and Howard’s hard work turning the Ambassador Theatre Group into a world leader in our sector to be acknowledged is enormously pleasing,' says Squire.
'I have the support of a fantastic team at ATG who share our vision and desire to make our company the best, across not just the UK, but the rest of the world too. The arts – and particularly theatre – are too often overlooked as not making a significant contribution to the wider economy. These awards, and ATG’s fantastic British success story, prove this is not the case. Personally I would like to thank EY for this recognition, my husband and business partner, Howard, for being on this incredible journey with me, Exponent and Providence Equity Partners and everyone at ATG for their unprecedented commitment.'
Squire will now go on to represent the UK at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo in June 2015.
The award wins come just four months after Rosemary was named the only Master Entrepreneur for the London & South Region at EY's Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 regional finals.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award and seeks to discover exceptional companies and leaders that display the confidence, quality and aspiration to grow and prosper.
The 2014 programme contains a vibrant group of 109 companies led by like-minded, entrepreneurial business leaders. Together they employ a total of 43,800 people and achieve a combined revenue of £9.4bn all headquartered across the UK. The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme spans 145 cities in 60 countries across the globe.
Squire is a National Member of the Arts Council England Board, a Trustee of The Hall for Cornwall and was chair of Great Ormond Street’s Theatres for Theatres Appeal raising over £5m. When elected President of Society of London Theatre, she became the 2nd only female President in the organisation’s history.
She previously won the prestigious CBI Real Business First Women Award for Tourism & Leisure and was awarded an OBE for Services to Theatre. Widely recognised in the industry, she has topped The Stage 100 for 5 consecutive years alongside her husband/business partner, Sir Howard Panter, firmly establishing her as the most prominent woman in British theatre of the modern era. The pair were also placed first in the Evening Standard ‘Power 1000’ Theatre section and Squire was chosen as one of the 100 women on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List in 2013, appearing at number 16 on the list.
The past 18 months have been one of the most pivotal and ground-breaking periods in ATG’s 22-year history as the company’s plans for international expansion start to become realised.
Through a US based subsidiary, ATG acquired The Lyric Theatre (formerly Foxwoods), the largest theatre on Broadway, from Live Nation Entertainment and in doing so, became the first British owners of a theatre on Broadway. During this time, global private equity firm Providence Equity Partners became majority owners and ATG completed the purchase of theatre ticketing agency, The Ticket Machine Group Ltd (TMG).