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The National Enterprise Network announced the winners of its annual awards at the Barclays sponsored National Enterprise Network Annual Conference at the British Library on the 15th November 2013. Winners of eight categories were announced by National Enterprise Network Chairman Paul McEldon and Rekha Mehr, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Awards were presented to NEN members to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encourage the exchange of good practice in categories for: Future of Enterprise Support, Local Enterprise Agency of the Year, Enterprise Team of the Year, Enterprise Mentoring Programme of the Year, Enterprise Communicator of the Year, Member Website of the Year, Unsung Hero, as well as an award from Barclays for Trainer of the Year.
The organisation was inundated with entries across each award category - with a 73% increase in applications from its members this year. Amanda Hurford, Assistant Director, Enterprise Directorate at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills joined Paul McEldon in judging each entry and choosing the eventual winners.
Commenting on the 2013 awards, awards judge, host and NEN Chairman Paul McEldon, said; “I am proud to have been able to recognise such outstanding achievements from National Enterprise Network members in this year’s National Enterprise Network Awards. The impact of these organisations is clear to see and, with over 225 delegates at today's conference, more enterprise support professionals than ever before were able to join us in congratulating the 2013 award winners for the successful projects and initiatives that have taken place over the last year. Well done and thank you to the hard working teams and individuals in the network membership for their dedication in supporting pre-start and start-up clients across the country.”
Each award winner was presented with an engraved trophy and a bottle of champagne, with highly commended organisations given framed certificates and a bottle of champagne to recognise their hard work.