Chris at the Top of His Game

Chris at the Top of His GameChris Dawson has been named 'Ernst & Young Overall Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 for the London and South Region'. The event saw him compete with 54 other business leaders from companies across London and the South, where he was crowned 'Ernst & Young Overall Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.' The independent judges chaired by former Rank Group CEO Ian Burke, described Dawson as "an original entrepreneur, who started with nothing, including no external financing, and with complete passion has built a very profitable business. Chris has fantastic drive and spirit, for whom there are no limits to what he can do, and who sees opportunity in everything he does."

Richard Hall, partner and UK Entrepreneur of the Year leader at Ernst & Young, commented: "Chris is a truly original and inspiring entrepreneur, with an infectious passion for business, who is always looking at new opportunities. His success in creating a great UK retail success story is even more impressive due to his humble beginnings and the lack of external investment."

Chris and 17 other finalists will now go on to compete to become Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year in October.

Entrepreneur Chris Dawson is now worth £304m and has been recently placed at number 254 in the Sunday Times Rich List which sees him climb six places from last year and increase his wealth by 54m. This all follows on from The Range featuring for the fourth time at number 90 in the Top 100 Profit Track, published by The Sunday Times on the April 17th 2011.

The Range already has 51 outlets across the UK with many more in the pipeline. The sudden growth of The Range, given both the competition in retail and the recent economic conditions is a mark of the entrepreneurial leadership of Chris Dawson, and he has become an authority figure both within the business community and the media.

Whilst retail is the main source of income for Dawson, he has also diversified into property, manufacturing, financial services, waste management, shop-fitting and Dry Cleaning.