Media Release: Calling on North-east entrepreneurs!

TIME is running out for notable business men and women who want to enter this year’s Grampian Awards for Business Excellence, with just two days left to register.

Organised by Enterprise North East Trust (ENET) and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the most high profile categories in the awards is the Entrepreneur of the Year, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their company, industry sector and the wider economy.

Previous winners include Alfie Cheyne from Ace Winches, Ciaran Dreelan from Aker Qserv, Roy MacGregor from GE Group and Alf Gordon from Unity Contract Finance.

Gary McEwan, chief executive of ENET, said: “The high profile category celebrates the success and excellence of a well known business figure, and is awarded to someone who has worked hard to make their business a success in the Grampian area.”

The registration deadline for the awards is tomorrow (22 February) and once companies have noted their interest they will receive the relevant application form which must be completed by 1 March.

Registration forms can be completed online before 22 February at to receive an application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 1 March 2013.

Enterprises of all sizes in Aberdeen city and across Aberdeenshire can enter one or more of the ten categories.

  • Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Business Gateway
  • Business success under three years sponsored (businesses that have been trading for under three years at deadline for applications) – sponsored by RBS
  • Business Success over three years (businesses that have been trading for over three years at deadline for applications) – sponsored by RBS
  • The Grampian Award for Innovation
  • The ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award
  • The Alick Buchanan-Smith Enterprising Communities Award – sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Optima
  • Employer of the Year – sponsored by Aberdeen City Council
  • Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year – sponsored by FSB
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by RBS

The ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award is a new category in this year’s awards aimed at recognising an individual or group that has overcome significant challenges to establish their business.

The Alick Buchanan-Smith Enterprising Communities Award is presented to an organisation that recognises the importance of giving back and brings benefit to the community it operates within.  This is awarded in memory of the former MP for Kincardine & Deeside, the late Alick Buchanan-Smith.

The black tie awards ceremony will be held at Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday 27 June 2013.

News and updates about the Grampian Awards can be found on Enterprise North East Trust’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages, and can also be followed on Twitter using #grampianawards.

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