LAST CHANCE TO ENTER BARCLAYS AWARDS
THERE are less
than 3 weeks to go to enter The Barclays Trading Places Awards, a
national Awards designed to recognise men and women from all over
the UK who have overcome various barriers and battled against
adversity to positively change their lives by setting up a business.
People who have triumphed against the odds to set up a small
business are being urged to enter the unique scheme, sponsored by
Barclays and backed by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), The
Prince’s Trust and Jobcentre Plus
This year’s prize package totals over £32,000 – but organisers are
reminding there’s less than 3 more weeks to go before the national
closing date of Friday May 11. The Awards will recognise sole
traders and smaller businesses that have been trading for a minimum
of 3 months and no more than 3 years, with an annual turnover of
less than £1million. Entries will be judged on how
enterprising individuals have overcome personal challenges and
obstacles, such as long-term unemployment, financial hurdles,
physical disabilities, discrimination and personal tragedy – to set
up on their own.
Barclays’ Marketing Director for Local Business, John Davis, said:-
“We know Merseyside has some truly inspiring unsung heroes
who, in spite of great personal challenges, have taken steps to
establish a sustainable business and in doing so changed the
direction of their lives for the better. If this sounds
familiar we want you to share your business start-up experiences –
good and bad – by entering the 2007 Barclays Trading Places Awards.”
The Awards are endorsed by a host of celebrity entrepreneurs –
including Peter Jones, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Terence Conran and
Rosemary Conley – who know 1st-hand the difficulty of going it alone
against the odds.
Peter Jones, Founder and CEO of Phones International Group and Judge
on BBC2’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, said:- “I think Trading
Places is a tremendous initiative. Small businesses in the UK are
the lifeblood of our economy and also the incubators of tomorrow’s
next big business successes. I passionately believe that inside
everyone; young or old; there lies a sleeping giant entrepreneur
just waiting to make their mark on the world. It can be an arduous
and tough journey, but I urge all budding entrepreneurs to go for it
and make their business dreams a reality.”
Barclays, which is spearheading the Awards, aims to champion small
companies by providing extensive localised knowledge and award
winning services, 80,000 fledgling entrepreneurs got their feet off
the ground last year with Barclays’ support.
The judging panel, to include Big Issue founder and editor-in-chief
John Bird, will select the top 10 candidates who can show how they
have triumphed over adversity to successfully begin a business and
change their lives. Other judges on the panel are John Davis,
Barclays’ Marketing Director for Local Business, Ian King, Business
Editor of The Sun, senior representative from the Prince’s Trust,
Eileen Thomson of Jobcentre Plus, Ann Carter-Gray of the DTI, Raj
Kakar of Thomson Local Directories and Jane Fletcher of Leonard
As part of their prize, the 10 National Finalists will all attend a
glittering gala Awards Dinner in London at the Marriott Hotel,
Grosvenor Square, on 2 October 2007, where they will each receive
£2,000 worth of free business advertising from Thomson Local
Directories, plus software worth £450 courtesy of Microsoft. In
addition to the above the winner and runner-up, to be announced on
the night, will collect £5,000 and £3,000 respectively, courtesy of
Nomination forms are available by calling the Awards hotline on 020
8673 2020 or visiting
Closing date is Friday
11 May 2007.
MERSEYSIDE COMPANIES IN LINE FOR GREEN BUSINESS HONOURS
companies are among the front-runners to land prestigious business
honours at a top industry event. For pioneering firms from
across the county have been shortlisted in the Northwest Business
Environment Awards 2007. The awards aim to recognise
innovative companies that have demonstrated their environmental
credentials while maintaining business success. And
organisations from across the industry spectrum are now in with a
chance of winning recognition for their efforts.
Liverpool architecture practice Austin-Smith: Lord has been
shortlisted in the Built Environment category for its work on a
£120m new plant for Pronovis that will boast almost zero carbon
emissions. The use of recycled materials on the A58 diversion
at St Helens, the paving of Kings Waterfront, Liverpool and on a
regeneration project at Ellesmere Port have all combined to win
civil engineering contractor Birse Civils a place on the shortlist
for the Sustainable Procurement category, which highlights those
companies making a commitment to using only recycled goods.
And the environmental
charity Wirral LA21 Network is also in with a shout in the same
sector for its commitment to buying recycled goods.
Southport-based Champion Newspapers join ITV Granada and BBC North
West Tonight in the Environmental Champions category for their work
in spreading the environmental message.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday,
May 16, in the grand surroundings of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
The Northwest Business Environment Awards 2007 are organised by the
Mersey Basin Campaign in association with the Northwest Regional
Development Agency. The awards are supported by ENWORKS, RIBA, the
Environment Agency, CBI, Groundwork, MIDAS, Institute of Directors,
Buy Recycled and Envirolink Northwest.
Steven Broomhead, NWDA Chief Executive, said:- “This year’s
event promises to be bigger and better than ever before with two new
award categories reflecting the growth in the number of companies
that are putting environmental issues at the heart of their
And Walter Menzies, Chief Executive of the Mersey Basin Campaign,
said:- "The environment presents a huge opportunity for smart
businesses to reduce costs and increase profits. This year's
outstanding finalists show that our best companies, both large and
small, really are excellent and innovative."
For more information contact Fouzia Bhatti at the Mersey Basin
Campaign on 0161 242 8200 or
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