Awards recognise triumph over adversity
Small-business owners who have overcome personal setbacks to set up a successful business have been called on to enter the Barclays Trading Places Award 2009.
Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate men and women who have managed to turn their lives around by setting up a successful business.
Previous winners include a couple who triumphed over illness and redundancy to establish a cider-making venture, and a builder who started a mobile discotheque business after becoming paralysed in a car crash.
Award judges will select 11 finalists to attend an awards dinner in London on 13 October. Each of these finalists will receive £2,000 worth of computer software, as well as a business support package, made up of expert advice and a business review. One of these finalists will be selected as overall winner of the awards.
Three new award categories have been launched this year, including the Triumph over Disability Award, the Success after Unemployment Award and the Spirit of Inspiration Award, which honours men and women who inspire others with their determination to change their lives. Each winner will be awarded a cheque for £5,000.
“Through initiatives such as Barclay’s Trading Places Awards we can honour the next wave of entrepreneurs who have overcome personal barriers, driven change and made their ideas a reality,”
said Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson.
Anyone who has been trading between three months and three years, with an annual turnover of less than £1 million can enter the competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 22 May 2009.