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The Entrepreneurial Exchange

Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

EXCHANGE LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR SCOTLAND'S BEST ENTREPRENEURS

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

The main award, Entrepreneur of the Year, was won last year by Bob Keiller, chief executive of Aberdeen-based PSN (Production Services Network) - one of the top ten largest private Scottish companies.

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. Following the huge media interest in the award winners last year, we're expecting some serious interest and increased applications for the 2007 awards.

"Essentially, we're looking for people who have real drive and ambition - people who are building companies of substance and scale in Scotland.

"Bob Keiller and PSN have gone from strength to strength since winning Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. It's difficult to believe that it's only two years since Bob decided to seize the opportunity and lead the MBO from KBR, part of the Halliburton group. In that time his name has quickly become known in boardrooms throughout the world.

"Bob has shown amazing entrepreneurship to come so far in such a short space of time, so whoever wins the main award this year will have some seriously big shoes to fill."

Commenting, Keiller said: "I was surprised and delighted to be named as the Exchange's Entrepreneur of the Year 2006.  The award was a particular honour as it is judged by some seriously successful business people. It provided a great boost to our business and was welcomed by our customers and employees.  In the past year, PSN has flourished; we have created nearly 2000 new jobs globally and now have more growth opportunities than ever."

The standard in this category is high - former winners include Sir Tom Hunter, John Boyle, co-owner of Zoom Airlines, and Anne Budge, co-founder of Newell & Budge.

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 Matt McGrath of Aircraft Medical, who developed the world's first fully portable laryngoscope with a mini LCD screen and disposable blades - the McGrath® Series 5 Portable Video Laryngoscope.

Other former winners in this category who have gone on to achieve huge success include Martin Lightbody and former butcher turned serial entrepreneur Simon Howie

The entry form can be downloaded and must be completed and returned by 12 noon on Friday 14 September.

Judging will take place on Friday 9 November and the winner will be announced from a final shortlist of three finalists in each category, at the event in the Glasgow Hilton on 29 November.

For information about the awards or the event, please contact Kylie Forrest at KL Events on 01698 200500.

 

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