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The Entrepreneurial Exchange

Hunt On For Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurial Exchange has launched the search for Scotland's top entrepreneurs of 2009.

The Entrepreneurial Exchange awards, in association with Deloitte and Business 7, are Scotland's leading and longest-standing annual awards for growth-oriented entrepreneurs, recognising those who have excelled in this area over the last 12 months.

The main award, Entrepreneur of the Year, was won last year by Simon Howie, the Perthshire butcher who also has an extensive portfolio across a variety of business interests, including laminate manufacturing, recycling and stevedoring.

John Anderson, chief executive of the Exchange, said: "The celebration of entrepreneurs in Scotland was pioneered by the Entrepreneurial Exchange back in the mid 1990s, and the long-term success of these awards has added to their prestige.

"We're expecting some serious interest and increased applications for the 2009 awards. Essentially, we're looking for people who have real drive and ambition - people who are building companies of substance and scale in Scotland.

"Although economic conditions remain harsh, there are many individuals and companies across Scotland who continue to buck the trend."

The second category is for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, which recognises an individual with outstanding entrepreneurial and business potential. Last year's winner was James Miller of Abermed, which provides occupational medicine and medical services to business and industry.

Jim Boyle, leader of Deloitte's Scottish Entrepreneurial Business team, and member of the judging panel, commented:"The calibre of candidates and finalists at the awards is always impressive and indeed seems to improve each year. In spite of the challenging market conditions many Scottish companies are reacting with great tenacity, creativity and initiative, and we expect many of our entrepreneurs to emerge stronger and better placed. I am really looking forward to meeting the 2009 candidates over the coming months for what I am sure will be a tough competition."

The entry form can be downloaded from the Entrepreneurial Exchange's website (www.entrepreneurial-exchange.co.uk) and must be completed and returned by 12 noon on Friday, August 28.

The winner will be announced from a final shortlist of three finalists in each category, at the event at the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday, November 26. Simon Howie, last year's winner, will be at the judging panel. For information about the awards or the event, contact Kylie Forrest at KL Events on 01698 459966.

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