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National Enterprise Network

Enterprise support organisations recognised in unique awards programme today

27 November 2015 17:15


National Enterprise Network (NEN) today announced the winners of its annual awards, at the NatWest sponsored National Enterprise Network Annual Conference. Winners of the nine categories were announced by National Enterprise Network Chairman Chris Pichon and facilitator Declan Curry at the event held at the RBS, London.

Awards were presented to Network members to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encourage the exchange of good practice in categories for: Enterprise Communicator of the Year, Client Engagement Award, Future of Enterprise Support, Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year, Enterprise Team of the Year, Unsung Hero of the Year and Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year.

The organisation received high quality entries from their network of members across each award category – testament to the excellence and achievements across the Network. Amanda Hurford, Assistant Director, Enterprise Directorate at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills joined Chris Pichon in judging each entry and choosing the eventual winners.

The 2015 winners were announced as:

Enterprise Communicator of the Year:
North East BIC – based in Sunderland
(Highly commended: North Somerset Enterprise Agency)

Client Engagement Award 2015:
Centa – in London
(Highly commended: WSX Enterprise – operating in Hampshire and Dorset)

Future of Enterprise Support Award (under £750k turnover):
Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Ltd – in Scarborough
(Highly commended: South Durham Enterprise Agency)

Future of Enterprise Support Award (over £750k turnover):
Enterprise First – based in Aldershot

Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year Award
Martyn Benson, RiDO – based in Rotherham

Enterprise Team of the Year Award
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce - based in Stoke on Trent
(Highly commended: Business Sheffield)

Unsung Hero of the Year Award
Martin Cooper - Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award (turnover under £750k):
Menta - based in Suffolk
(Highly commended: Colbea – based in Colchester )

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year Award (turnover over £750k):
Britain’s Energy Coast - in Cumbria
(Highly commended: Nwes – based in Norwich)

Each award winner was presented with an engraved trophy and a bottle of champagne, with highly commended organisations given framed certificates to recognise their contribution.

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For further information or comment on the National Enterprise Network Awards or the 2015 winners, please contact Hayley Williams, E:, T: 01480 278750.


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About National Enterprise Network

National Enterprise Network is the only membership body in England representing those working in the enterprise support sector. We believe our members are crucial to Britain’s economic success. Our role is to support their work, promote the results they achieve, and connect them with opportunities for even greater success. NEN membership is traditionally, but not exclusively, made up of not-for-profit enterprise support organisations providing independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. The organisation represents a variety of enterprise support organisations; including enterprise agencies, Chambers of Commerce, local authorities and other specialist providers.

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