The awards ceremony took place at the Tate Modern in London
Smith said: ‘I am very honoured to receive such a prestigious award.
Steve Varley, the chairman and managing partner at UK&I, said: ‘EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is not only a celebration of entrepreneurship, but also builds networks which span the world. It’s not only about winning an award – it’s about growing networks, making contacts and leveraging knowledge.’
Smith fought off tough competition from the likes of Craig Donaldson and Vernon Hill at Metro Bank, Jarl Severn from Owen Mumford, Peter Digby of Xtrac and Andrew Page of CHP Consulting.
The Car Finance Company has grown to become one of Britain’s leading lenders of car finance.
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