Support in High Places
This will be the second year of the awards which are sponsored by some major businesses, including Dell and NatWest.
Sarah Shields, Dell UK’s General Manager and Executive Director for Consumer and Small and Medium Enterprises said, “Events such as the Great British Entrepreneur Awards are hugely important to us as they not only provide an opportunity for us to show our support for British innovation, they allow us to hear directly from entrepreneurs about their current challenges and what else we can do to help.” Peter Ibbetson, Chairman of Business Banking, NatWest and RBS, said that the awards offer “a great opportunity to inspire future entrepreneurs by hearing the stories of people who’ve made a success of their ideas and built thriving businesses.”
Office Assistants, (http://www.officeassistants.org) explain that the awards also enjoy government support. The Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are an opportunity to recognise the dedication and successes of those with an entrepreneurial spirit and I hope they will inspire more people to put their business ideas into practice.”
The 30 or so judges come from a wide range of backgrounds. Peter Ibbetson (mentioned above) is among them, as are author Rachel Bridge, author of five books about entrepreneurs;
Benefits of Entering
If you are shortlisted, it will be announced on September 18th. Getting involved could bring positive PR and more awareness of your business even though the awards focus on individual entrepreneurs rather than on their businesses. The awards have been featured in articles in newspapers such as The Times, The Telegraph and the Huffington Post, reaching an audience of 19 million people. Associated events also bring networking opportunities:
So don’t be shy. You can only be mentioned alongside the Great British Entrepreneur Awards if you enter, and think how great it would be if you were a winner.
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