UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 24 October 2016 10:00

National Enterprise Network has today announced its shortlist for the 2016 National Enterprise Network awards – a programme established in 2007 to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support, encouraging the exchange of good practice and the development of improved services and organisations.

The organisations on the 2016 National Enterprise Network awards shortlist are:

~ Airedale Enterprise ~
~ Business and Enterprise Support (BES) ~
~ Business and Enterprise Finance ~
~ Enterprise First ~
~ Finance for Enterprise ~
~ Ignite Business Enterprise ~
~ Menta ~
~ PNE Group ~
~ RiDO ~
~ South Durham Enterprise ~
~ Start Up Croydon ~
~ Tedco ~
~ WSX Enterprise ~
~ Yorkshire in Business ~

These organisations have demonstrated a real impact in the enterprise support sector, in providing business support, advice and training to pre start, start up and small businesses across England.

On Friday 18th November 2016, National Enterprise Network will announce seven category award winners from this shortlisted group of enterprise support organisations. The dedicated awards ceremony takes place at the 2016 National Enterprise Network Annual Conference held at the RBS Conference Centre in central London.

The awards National Enterprise Network will be presenting this year are:

Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year – sponsored by NatWest
Highlighting members that have worked hard to establish or maintain recognition and impact within their local communities, with noticeable results.

Community / Stakeholder Engagement of the Year
Recognising a successful planned or unplanned large project or campaign within the local community.

Future of Enterprise Support Award
Showcasing member organisations that have been exceptionally innovative in their approaches to make activities successful and sustainable despite any difficulties they face in the current climate.

Client Engagement Award
Rewarding those who have used creative methods to link with their clients by being innovative, interactive and engaging and finding compelling new ways or places to connect.

Unsung Hero of the Year – sponsored by Cobweb
Recognising those who are not necessarily in the limelight, but whose contribution is crucial in meeting the needs of the business and its clients.

Enterprise Team of the Year
Rewarding a particular team that has achieved something exemplary – put forward by their colleagues to recognise their achievements.

Enterprise Communicator of the Year
Members nominated by NEN for their outstanding communications with both the Network and beyond; highlighting the range and types of work the enterprise support sector undertakes.

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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.