Awards open for ambitious entrepreneurs
Graduate and student entrepreneurs from the South East and the rest of the UK will get a chance to win a business support package worth up to £12,500 through the Making Business Happen Awards.
The awards aim to identify the next generation of UK entrepreneurs and celebrate examples of business innovation and creativity.
They include the Graduate Start-Up Award for such a UK business that has been in operation for less than three years. And the SME (small and medium enterprise) Business Growth Award for a graduate enterprise which has been in operation for a minimum of three years and can demonstrate fast growth in its business sector.
An Aspiring Entrepreneurs Award will recognise students from schools and colleges across the UK who can demonstrate their commitment to researching and developing an effective or innovative business idea.
The awards are organised by the University of South Wales. A panel of judges, including academics and experts from finance, marketing and business support, will assess the award entries. Top student entrants will also participate in a pitch process where the judges will scrutinise their business ideas and proposals.
The awards are sponsored by NatWest and supported by business advice website freshbusinessthinking.com. Insider is media partner to the event.
Shortlists for the award categories will be drawn early in 2015, with the winners announced at a celebration on 16 April 2015 in Cardiff.
Aimee Bateman, founder of job seekers' website Careercake.com, the Making Business Happen Awards ambassador, said: "The awards will recognise thorough research and sound planning, inspiring leadership and effective teamwork, as well as the hard work and determination needed to turn these ingredients into a successful business."
In addition to receiving a cash investment, Making Business Happen award winners will be given mentoring and business support packages from professional advisers, including award partners NatWest, Awbrey Management, Indycube and the University of South Wales.
The closing date for entries to the awards is 12 December 2014. To find out more about the awards or to enter, click here.