Jamie Gray, of Buddy Burst, has been shortlisted for the Start-Up Director of the Year for the 2018 IoD London & South Director of the Year Awards.  Buddy Burst creates seed-based promotional products that help brands grow in a sustainable way, all while conserving the environment.

Buddy Burst founder Jamie Gray said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for the second year in a row. Last year was a fantastic experience that included meeting IoD Director of the Year, Paul Lindley. His company, Ella’s Kitchen, is now a client as a result! As a startup with a purpose, awards such as these are important to highlight the environmental issues we’re trying to tackle. Fingers crossed this year is our year!”

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of directors that entered or were nominated across nine different categories.

The expert judging panel will now convene to decide the overall winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 14 June 2018 at the iconic 116 Pall Mall, the home of the Institute of Directors.

Naga Munchetty, journalist and broadcaster will host the ceremony alongside the wonderful Roger Tilling, best known as The Voice of University Challenge.

Alan Fitzwater, IoD Regional Engagement Director said: “After a big change to our categories and criteria, it is inspiring to see such a diverse amount of entries from across the London & South region. Through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, this year’s selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality across a range of business sectors within and I am looking forward to celebrating their success at this year’s event.”

Visit www.iodawards.com/london-south for a full list of finalists and details on how to attend the event.

The winners from each of the nine categories will be automatically entered into the UK finals of the IoD Director of the Year Awards, providing the finalists with additional exposure and profile on a national stage as the ‘best of the best’ in British business.

The 2018 IoD Director of the Year Awards will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, on the 18 October. For further details visit www.iodawards.com