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PRESS RELEASE: Cramlington-Based Legacy Guardians Named Finalist for North East UK StartUp Award 2024

Cramlington-based startup Legacy Guardians has been named a finalist in the North East regional leg of the UK StartUp Awards. The UK StartUp Awards was launched to recognise the booming start-up scene across the UK, which has accelerated over the last few years with over 900,000 new businesses founded in the UK in 2023, a 12% increase from the year before.

Over 900 businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s UK StartUp Awards and the contribution of these firms – all of which were started in the last three years – is significant, having created nearly 6,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £480 million.

Founded by Vikki Baptie in 2022, Legacy Guardians goes beyond traditional estate planning to position itself as a Generational Wealth Consultancy. Their mission is to empower clients to pass on more than just financial assets; we encourage integrating core values that contribute to a better planet and stronger local communities. 

Committed to their guiding principles, Legacy Guardians operate entirely on green energy, dedicating 1% of their turnover to carbon reduction initiatives, and actively support their local community through volunteering and charitable contributions.

The business has been nominated for the North East Professional Services StartUp of the Year Award and if successful will go through to the national final in September. Vikki, the founder of Legacy Guardians, said: “Being shortlisted for the North East Professional Services StartUp of the Year Award is not only a significant achievement for us at Legacy Guardians, but also a testament to our commitment to the community. This recognition underscores our dedication to providing clear, compassionate, and professional estate planning services that truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures. The winners from each region will then be invited to the first UK final taking place at Ideas Fest, the Glastonbury for Business festival in Tring, Hertfordshire on 12th September 2024.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the UK StartUp Awards, said: “Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and wealth creation across the UK. All the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created amazing new businesses that are creating real impact in their sectors.”

This year’s regional UK StartUp Awards finalists can be found online at



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For more information about Legacy Guardians and the services offered, please contact:

Vikki Baptie
0191 500 5373

About Legacy Guardians – Legacy Guardians is a visionary estate planning company dedicated to supporting families by organising finances efficiently, ensuring that loved ones are supported during times of illness or bereavement by a trusted Guardian. Recognized for its innovative approach, Legacy Guardians was recently shortlisted for the “North East Professional Services Start-Up of the Year” at the UK Start-Up Awards.

About UK StartUp Awards – The UK StartUp Awards is a collaboration between the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards; an established programme nationally receiving thousands applications annually.

The UK StartUp Awards will recognise the achievements of those amazing individuals who have had a great idea, spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service. After extending across the whole of the United Kingdom last year, the UK StartUp Awards will now host an awards for the winners of each 10 UK regions at a national final later in the year.

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NRLA Accredited Landlord and IPW Professional Will Writer

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