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Have you got what it takes to be a Launchpad Champion?

Monday, 1st July 2019, 08:56 am
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 09:55 am
Launchpad award winners 2018.

New and aspiring entrepreneurs from Sheffield City Region are being given the chance to take part in the 2019 Launchpad Awards, which are returning in September.

With seven award categories up for grabs, there is plenty to celebrate – but you need to act quickly, as the closing date is fast approaching.

The awards celebrate the important role new and aspiring business owners play in shaping and contributing to the local economy.

The seven awards are:

Aspiring EntrepreneurGrowth Business Inspiring AchieverMade in the Sheffield City RegionRising Star Start-Up Business Young Entrepreneur

Each category winner will also be given a chance to be crowned the overall 2019 Launchpad Champion, with a live audience vote at the ceremony.

It will give them a chance to follow in the footsteps of last year’s top winner, Andrew Ashworth, founder of Conisborough-based IGO Pets.

Since winning the overall title at the Launchpad Awards 2018, Andrew’s business has gone from strength-to-strength.

He went on to win a highly coveted regional and national entrepreneurship award.

At the same time, he used his business skills to support others taking the first step on their business journey.

Launchpad programme manager Anna Smith said: “The Launchpad Awards are a celebration of entrepreneurship in the Sheffield City Region.

“From entrepreneurs who are taking the very steps on their business journey to growing businesses who have enjoyed success over the past three years, there are plenty of different opportunities to get involved with this year’s event.

“Since the ERDF-funded programme began in 2016 it has helped more than 5,000 would-be entrepreneurs take the first steps on their business journey.

“The Launchpad Awards recognise the genuinely unique and innovative businesses which are driven by a passion to do things differently.”

The Launchpad Awards also offer established businesses the chance to get involved.

This year’s sponsors include headline sponsor Hallam FM as well as Finance For Enterprise and the Federation of Small Businesses.

There are limited sponsorship opportunities currently available.

For more information, email: launchpadmanagement@barnsley.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday, July 19, with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday, September 27 at 92 Burton Road, Sheffield. It will be far removed from the usual black tie event in a characterful warehouse which bears the marks and impressions of Sheffield’s great industrial heritage.

For more information and to apply, visit the Launchpad website