Nominate a worthy mentor for Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion

We’re serious fans of mentoring at Smarta – it’s one of our core beliefs that business owners learn best from the people who’ve been there and done it before them. So we fully support the current drive for nominations for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Promotion, which has been brought into the phenomenally highly reputed stable of Queen’s Awards to recognise the work of individuals who do their utmost to encourage entrepreneurship and foster the talent of today and tomorrow.

Just 11 business mentors received the award last year, which is seen by many as nearing a knighthood for business services. Among them was Jamie Murray Wells – you can watch his interview with us above.

Commenting on the importance of giving recognition to business mentors through the awards, Peter Mandelson said: “Recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion are outstanding individuals who are inspiring tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and giving them the skills and attitudes they need to succeed.

“They hold the key to unlocking Britain’s entrepreneurial talents and they deserve all the praise and thanks we can give them.”

Hear, hear.

Nominees can be from the worlds of business, entrepreneurialism, investment, social enterprise and training and education. They’ll be judged on the following criteria (which is not exhaustive, but gives the general idea):

  • Offering a role model and/or business model to motivate people to engage in enterprise and promoting these models eg through mentoring.
  • Using innovative ways to increase the understanding of business skills and processes in particular communities, for example students or schoolchildren, or among those who influence individuals' career choices.
  • Mentoring and/or offering financial support to start up and/or develop businesses or providing ways to develop specific skills, which can be used to start a business.
  • Developing ways in which to explain the risks of business enterprise and promoting the development of enterprise and risk management skills.
  • Working to help innovators and inventors to bring ideas to business fruition.
  • Promoting business enterprise in disadvantaged communities, possibly but not necessarily, through the medium of social enterprise, and/or working to change the perception that deprived areas are not places where businesses can be established and run successfully.

If you want to nominate someone for the award (people can’t put themselves forward),  visit www.queensawards.org.uk/individual and make sure you get your application in before October 30 this year.

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