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Scotland's Top Talent Sought For Awards Scheme

The best entrepreneurs based in Scotland are being sought for recognition by a prestigious awards scheme.

The Entrepreneurial Exchange, in association with Deloitte and media partner The Herald, is looking for the cream of Scotland's entrepreneurial talent as annual awards open for nominations.

With just two titles - Entrepreneur of the Year and Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year - the awards are always hotly contested and recognise the innovation and drive of growth-oriented entrepreneurs.

Tom Cross, formerly of Dana Petroleum and now at Parkmead Group, is the current holder of the main title following in the footsteps of Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Willie Haughey, Jim McColl, Bob Keiller, Simon Howie and Colin Robertson.

It was Hermann Twickler, founder of Dundee-based engineering firm PressureFab Group, who won the emerging category in 2012.

Mike McGregor, partner and head of entrepreneurial business for Deloitte in Scotland, and a member of the judging panel for the 2013 awards, said: "This country is a hive of successful, ambitious business owners but, as with any competitive environment, new entrants need role models to blaze the trail and set the benchmark for success.

"I look forward to meeting this year's nominees and hearing about their experiences."

John Anderson, chief executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, said: "Every year, we get a fantastic response from some wonderful contenders and I'm sure this year will be no different.

"Candidates in the past have been successful and resourceful business builders whose personal drive and determination have helped them reach commercial success.

"Recognition from peers continues to provide motivation to keep growing for many entrepreneurs in Scotland, particularly during the economic recovery period."

The entry form can be downloaded from the Entrepreneurial Exchange website and must be completed and returned by August 16.

Winners will be announced, from a shortlist of three finalists in each category, at The Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on November 28.

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