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By Editor
3rd September 2018
Technology, Type 2 diabetes Type 2 prevention

Digital health specialists have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for improving health outcomes.

The West Midlands-based health pioneers have made the finalists for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The organisation beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

On World Diabetes Day 2015, launched the award-winning Low Carb Program, with more than 360,000 users registering so far. Results have demonstrated a reduction in the average HbA1c for people with type 2 diabetes by 1.2 mmol/mol (1.3%) after one year. Also, 40% of participants stop taking at least one of their medications over 12 months.

To evaluate its effectiveness a team of researchers reviewed one-year outcomes of the Program, with the findings published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

The Program recently received a CE Mark and QISMET approval to be prescribed on the NHS.

Arjun Panesar,’s CEO said: “What an achievement this is! It’s fantastic for the team to be recognised for the contribution is making towards improving health – not only for people with diabetes but the greater healthcare spectrum.”

Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some top entrepreneurs, with past winners including David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane OBE of The Cambridge Satchel Company and James Watt of BrewDog.

Francesca James, who created the awards, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest, added: “Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

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