Enterprise support organisations recognised in unique awards programme today

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: hayleywilliams@keystone-marketing.co.uk, T: 01480 278750.


About National Enterprise Network

National Enterprise Network’s Mission is to represent, unite and support all organisations who are passionate about inspiring and encouraging enterprise. We support our membership by: Representing their interests to government and others in the public and private sector, showcasing a unique national network of credible, quality assured enterprise support organisations. Promoting the successes they achieve and demonstrating the value they add to local communities and the wider economy. Connecting them to people and projects inside and outside the Network, to share valuable knowledge, skills and opportunities for even greater success.

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