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Nominations Open For 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year

Entrepreneurs based in Scotland who have succeeded amid the challenging conditions that businesses have faced in the past year, will win recognition under a prestigious awards scheme.

The Entrepreneurial Exchange is inviting applications and nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2011.

Made this year in association with professional services firm Deloitte and media partner The Herald, the awards are Scotland's longest-standing annual awards for growth-oriented entrepreneurs.

The exchange will highlight the achievements of established entrepreneurs and newer talents by presenting awards to the Entrepreneur of the Year and the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Award winners will join an elite club, whose members include retail entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, David Milne of Wolfson Microelectronics and Perthshire Butcher Simon Howie.

Keith Rogers, who developed the Pitz and Goals Soccer Centres five-a-side football businesses, was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne of Genius Foods won the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010, after turning the gluten-free bread that she developed in her kitchen into a top-selling brand.

Jim Boyle, leader of Deloitte's Scottish Entrepreneurial Business team and a member of the judging panel, said entrepreneurial activity had remained strong in Scotland despite the uncertain economic outlook."It is clear that there continues to be a great deal of energy and dynamism in Scotland's business community," he said.
"While much has been written recently about an apparent dearth of young Scottish entrepreneurs, we believe that Scotland is a hot-bed of talented entrepreneurs and the quality of the nominations received each year reflects that."

Applications must be submitted to the Entrepreneurial Exchange by 12 noon on Wednesday 31 August. Members of the public can nominate people for awards.

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