Media Release: Final call for entrepreneurial stars to shine

WITH only one week left to enter, a very healthy number of varied and exciting nominations have already been received for the 2010 Entrepreneurial Exchange awards.

If you haven’t yet, there is still time to enter yourself or a nominee, to be in the running for the title of Scotland’s leading entrepreneur.

Could you be or do you know the next Tom Hunter, Tom Farmer or Brian Souter and follow in the footsteps of recent winners Dermot Jenkinson, Simon Howie and Martin Lightbody?

The Entrepreneurial Exchange awards, in association with Deloitte and Business 7, are considered as Scotland’s leading and longest-standing annual awards for seriously ambitious entrepreneurs, recognising those who have excelled in scaling up their businesses over the last 12 months.

There are two awards up for grabs this year, recognising the innovation and skill of the leading forces in Scotland today – Entrepreneur of the Year and Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

As always, competition is set to be fierce, with entrepreneurial business leaders keen to demonstrate their determination to make headway during the current difficult economic climate.

Jim Boyle, leader of Deloitte’s Scottish Entrepreneurial Business team and member of the judging panel, commented:

“Scotland is fortunate to have a wealth of great entrepreneurial talent and previous entrants have illustrated this. Entrepreneurs in Scotland have always had a voracious appetite for growth, a passion for success and are naturally very positive about their businesses.

“In fact, even in tough economic times, an annual survey conducted by Deloitte in 2009 revealed that Scots were more bullish about their future than the rest of the UK, with over half (52 per cent) predicting revenue growth in excess of ten per cent during 2010.

“To harness this spirit, I would urge those who have not yet entered to do so now and celebrate their success.”

John Anderson, chief executive at the Entrepreneurial Exchange, said:

“Whilst the economic climate continues to be challenging, we are aware from our members that there are still significant success stories to be told and want to ensure that we continue to celebrate these successes as much possible.

“I look forward to hearing these stories and working with the judging panel to decide on who are the leading entrepreneurs of 2010.”

The entry form can be downloaded from the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s website (www.entrepreneurial-exchange.co.uk) and must be completed and returned by 27 AUGUST 2010.

The winner will be announced from a final shortlist of three finalists in each category, at the Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner in the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on Thursday 25 November 2010.

For information about the awards or the event, please contact Kylie Forrest at KL Events on 01698 459966.

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