Ross Williams Crowned ‘Young Gun 2011’- List of UK’s Hottest Entrepreneurs

Growing Business has announced its top list of companies with founders aged 35 or under for 2011. Each year Young Guns recognises the fastest-rising and most exciting young entrepreneurs running UK businesses.

Ross Williams, co-founder and CEO of Global Personals Ltd, made the elite list of entrepreneurial talent. With over 14 years experience in web development and apps, Williams launched Global Personals Ltd in 2003, which is now one of the largest privately owned online dating companies in the world with annualised revenues of £30 million. The company owns and operates its own online dating sites and B2B service,, that offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own-branded dating websites including The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Bauer Media and Plenty More Fish.

Now in its ninth successful year, this year’s Young Guns, sponsored by accountancy group haysmacintyre and law firm Farrer & Co, saw the ‘Class of 2011’ officially join an illustrious alumni featuring the founders of some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurial businesses. The founders of Innocent Drinks (2003), Extreme Group (2004), Glasses Direct (2005), Moo (2008), Firebox (2003), (2003), Hawk-Eye (2004), and Miniclip (2007) have all received Young Guns recognition in the past.

Growing Business Editorial Director, Ian Wallis, said: “The quality, diversity and uniqueness of entrepreneurial companies bursting through in the UK never ceases to astound. Starting and growing a fast-growth company is highly risky, exciting and most of all, damned hard work. Despite that and the backdrop of a tough economic climate, there’s no shortage of good entrepreneurs finding gaps in sizeable markets. This list celebrates entrepreneurial endeavour in glorious Technicolor.”

For more information on Young Guns, this year’s winners and the alumni, visit:

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Launched in 2003, offers a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites that currently includes The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Bauer Media and PlentyMoreFish as partners. provides the dating software, membership database, payment processing, customer support, hosting infrastructure and much more. You provide your brand, website design and marketing and we do the rest. is part of Global Personals Ltd, that has received a collection of accolades including fastest growing company in the South East, UK, in the 2011 and 2010 Deloitte Fast 50, ranked 19th in Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, won Digital Business Of The Year 2010 and highly ranked in both The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 and the European Media Momentum Top 50, 2011. has also won ‘Best Software Provider’ and ‘Best Affiliate Program’ at the 2011 industry awards, iDate

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