Disabled Entrepreneurs £50k Deadline

Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs with disabilities have until the 5th September to enter the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, and be in with a chance of winning a £50,000 cheque to invest in their business.

Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs

People wishing to enter the awards need to have a recognised disability, be a permanent part of their business’ management team and have a personal ownership of the business of at least 25%. They must also create a turnover of at least £10,000 per year and have been trading for between two and five years.

The award aims to look beyond the discrimination often faced by disabled people and to judge the entrants by what they can achieve rather than by their disabilities. EasyGroup chairman Sir Stelios Haji–Ioannou, who set up the award with Leonard Cheshire Disability last year said:

“With 50% of disabled adults out of work, removing barriers disabled people face in business is essential,”.

“Self–employment is the only viable option for many disabled people as it offers flexibility and helps bypass much of the prejudice that sadly still exists,” he added.

Last year’s winner was Amar Latif, owner of Traveleyes, a company specialising in tailor–made breaks for visually impaired travellers.

“The £50,000 has meant I’ve been able to invest in my business and over 12 months put in a lot of hard work to watch it grow,” said Latif.

“Disabled people experience disadvantage and discrimination in business and enterprise every day, largely through ignorance, and this needs to change.”

The 2008 winner will be presented with their cheque at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards at the London Natural History museum on 27 November.

To download an application form, which must be submitted both by email and post, visit the Leonard Cheshire Disability website

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