As part of our commitment to shaping a vibrant economy in the UK, each year we identify people who are helping to realise this.

These Faces of a Vibrant Economy include business leaders, entrepreneurs, local government innovators and third sector trailblazers – recognised for their commitment to developing an economy which enables people, organisations and communities to flourish.

The Faces are chosen according to three categories:


Creating jobs, boosting exports and seeking opportunities in new markets


Solving problems with ingenuity; leaders whose products or services are disrupting the sector and challenging the status quo


Connecting financial profit and a contribution to the wider community.

Faces are nominated by the public, their colleagues and Grant Thornton offices across the UK. The Vibrant Economy Commissioners are then part of a judging process that selects the final list of Faces. To see who the Vibrant Economy Commissioners are, click here.

Each year we celebrate these Faces with a portrait exhibition in central London. The portraits are taken by world-renowned photographic agencies – with 2017’s Faces captured by Getty.

The Faces join our exclusive community of like-minded leaders, all committed to bringing about positive change and inspiring the next generation.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be a Face of a Vibrant Economy 2018, click here.