ACI Group nominated as a double finalist in Great British Business Awards

Apr 2023

ACI Group Ltd (‘ACI Group’), a leading UK distributor working with some of the world’s biggest and best-known brands in the global food, pharma, industrial and road sectors, has been nominated as a double finalist in this year’s Great British Business Awards.

Following on from its finalist status in the regional Thames Valley Business & Community Awards last November, the company has been nominated as a finalist once more in the ‘Business of the Year’ category at national status.

In addition, the company’s CEO Karsten Smet, who won ‘Male Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the regional round has also been named as a finalist at national level. Last year, Karsten impressed the judges with his ambitious and forward-thinking approach to bring more opportunities to the Thames Valley region.

Karsten commented: “It is an incredible achievement to be nominated at national level and sit alongside the best of British business and entrepreneurial leadership. ACI Group is growing at a rapid pace and is backed by a great team of individuals that aim to put our customers and suppliers at the centre of everything we do. As experts in distribution working at an international level, we know we’re bringing approximately 34p back into the UK economy for every pound spent – hugely impressive for an importer."

“After winning the Male Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the regionals, I am more than honoured to be amongst some of the most talented business leaders in Britain as a finalist at national level. My passion for building a sustainable, profitable business that can make a real difference in the world of distribution is what drives me forward."

"Part of my mission is to visualise a digital revolution in traditional supply chains. After the award win last year, we finalised the acquisition of a SaaS technology solutions business. The aim of this is to positively disrupt supply chains across Britain and beyond by delivering tools such as Supply Chain Management and Customer Relationship Management systems into small businesses. Everything we do as a company therefore drives custom and monetary value back into Britain’s supply chains." 

ACI Group and Karsten Smet were selected as finalists from more than 1,600 nominations received as part of the Business & Community awards. The awards ceremony, which is hosted by Great British Expos Ltd, will take place on 21st April 2023 at the Hilton in Reading, Berkshire.

Karsten concluded: “Thank you to the Great British Business Awards for the double finalist nomination – we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the national finals!" 

With over 350 business individuals attending, all profits raised during the black-tie event will be donated to selected charities and non-profits across the UK. To view all the shortlisted finalists, please visit:

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