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Terry Owens, founder of InBiz, which helps individuals and groups to develop enterprise skills, was judged 2008 Overall Champion Enterprise Supporter at the SFEDI Advisory Body’s Enterprise Support Awards on 17 April 2008.

He received the prestigious award in recognition of his achievement in founding InBiz, which has so far helped more than 20,600 people move off benefit by setting up their own business. Over 80% of those InBiz has helped are still trading after two years, proving the success of the type of support and advice offered by Terry and his InBiz colleagues, according to SFEDI. He received the award from Martin Balaam, CEO of ICT solutions provider Redstone plc, lead sponsor of the gala event, held at BAFTA in London.

QED Consulting, the Doncaster-based people development organisation, was among the other award winners, collecting the award for Enterprise Champion – Product or Programme, for the successful Entrepreneur Schools it has run in three UK regions. Paul Davies, founder of Clowne Enterprise and Bizfizz, was the Enterprise Champion – Support Professional. Help given by Paul has helped create 70 new businesses and 80 new jobs.

Nottingham Business Venture won the Enterprise Champion – Corporate award for its work to create innovative business environments, including virtual tenancies, and Avanta Enterprise Ltd, which owns InBiz, was runner up in this category for its work to bring employment and skills development to local communities through its regional offices.

Tony Robinson, SFEDI Founder and Executive Director (www.sfedi.co.uk), whose Advisory Body hosts the Awards, said: “Yet again our judges had a difficult task as the calibre of entries was so high.

“What struck them was the dedication of those who underpin the UK’s start up community and their willingness to constantly evolve new, often highly innovative models for delivering training, support and know how.

“This work goes on every day across the UK and is often unheralded despite the huge contribution played by advisers, accountants, mentors and all those who support entrepreneurs and small business owners in helping to maintain a strong enterprise-driven engine room for our economy.

“Wobbles in the big business community are a stark reminder of the importance of investing in the next generation of businesses and business owners to ensure they survive and thrive. Those providing support to these brave souls are the unsung heroes of the UK business community and we hope our awards help to redress the balance.”

The Enterprise Support Awards, which were hosted by the SFEDI Advisory Body, showcase excellence among individuals and organisations providing support to the UK’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. Former ‘Apprentice’ Tim Campbell and Kevin Horne, Chair of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies were among those presenting the awards.

Commenting on his award, Terry Owens said: “I am extremely proud and humbled to receive this prestigious award which, I believe, reflects the dedicated work of the whole team at InBiz.”

The SFEDI Advisory Board brings together all of the UK’s major national small business membership and training and support providers, including the BCC, the FSB, the NFEA, IAB, Lloyds TSB, FPB, InBiz, IAB, ACCA, Customer First (UK) Kent Enterprise, GoSkills and Lantra.

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Picture shows: Terry Owens, founder of InBiz (left) receiving the award for Overall Champion Enterprise Supporter from Martin Balaam, CEO of ICT solutions provider Redstone plc, which sponsored the event.


Notes to Editors:

The full list of 2008 Enterprise Support Awards winners is as follows:
Enterprise Champion ‘Buddy’ – Debra Lane
Corporate Enterprise Champion – Nottinghamshire Business Venture
Enterprise Champion Product/Programme – QED Consulting
Enterprise Champion Enterprise Support Professional – Paul Davies, Clowne Enterprise
Enterprise Champion Business Owner/Entrepreneur –Terry Owens, founder of InBiz (OVERALL WINNER)
Enterprise Champion Professional Service Provider – Adele Cope, Business Broker, North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

SFEDI is the UK standards setting body and endorsement body for prospective and existing small and home business owners and all those that support them. More details on SFEDI, its work and endorsement programme and logos can be found on www.sfedi.co.uk

The UK SFEDI Advisory Board Enterprise Support Awards took place at BAFTA on 17 April 2008. Details are at www.sfedi.co.uk/uk-enterprise-awards.

SFEDI Advisory Board Organisations supporting the Enterprise Support Awards included:

ACCA
Lloyds TSB
Redstone plc
Federation of Small Businesses
Forum of Private Businesses
InBiz – Microbusiness and SME support organisation
National Federation of Enterprise Agencies
The British Chambers of Commerce
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
IAB Qualifications for Business
Kent Enterprise (part of Kent University)
GoSkills – the Sector Skills Council for the Passenger Transport Sector
Lantra – the training organisation for the land-based sector
Customer First (UK) – the organisational standard setting body for customer service for business support
Advantage West Midlands
Stratagia Ltd
Wood Holmes Group Limited
Institute of Leadership and Development
The Watershed
Valerie J Stevens Associates Ltd
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

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