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‘By showing, at our annual awards event, what training and support are proven to work for small and home business owners to start up, survive and thrive, we hope to influence government policy. Big isn’t best. Investing in entrepreneurs and enterprise support will continue to be great value. It provides more growth and jobs than any other sector. Unfortunately, the lion’s share of public money still goes to support corporate managers and management consultants.

As self employment is now often the only alternative to unemployment we desperately need six national government departments to change track. We implore them to give a fair share of their employment, skills and support budgets to the one in seven of the adult workforce starting or running their own enterprises’ says SFEDI Founder, Tony Robinson OBE, in the lead up to their Annual Enterprise Support ‘BAFTAs’ this week

This is the seventh annual awards event for the unheralded stars of enterprise support. Winners of the awards include entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, community based advisers, accountants and banks who have done the most over the last year to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs.

Amongst those presenting these SFEDI Advisory Board Awards, in London, will be Kanya King MBE, CEO, and Founder of the MOBO Awards representing Start Your Business Magazine; James Caan, Co-Chair of the Government’s Ethnic Minority Business Task Force and current Dragons’ Den member representing Yorkshire Forward; Tim Campbell, first Apprentice Winner and Founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, former Dragons’ Den member Rachel Elnaugh and Fabian Hamilton MP, both representing IAB, Nigel Florence ABC Awards and Stephen Pegge of Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Like the award winners, all these presenters freely give up huge amounts of their own time to support and help prospective and existing small business owners. The judges are also leading entrepreneurs and include Sarah Anderson CBE, recent author of the Anderson Review, which recommended new ways that government could improve its regulatory guidance to small businesses. Representatives from the Renaissance team from the most Enterprising Place in Britain – Scarborough - are in an audience, which is the ‘who’s who’ of the UK’s enterprise support sector.

Terry Owens, Founder of Inbiz, was last year’s Overall Enterprise Champion Award Winner. He and Tony Robinson will be announcing ‘a cunning plan’ at the Awards Ceremony. Owens said ‘We have a long, proven, successful track record in enterprise start up support and training plus we have substantial private sector backing. We’re asking government to invest in and work with us to reverse the jobless trend by supporting our consortium to create 10,000 sustainable enterprises from unemployed people, within eighteen months.’

The SFEDI Advisory Board improves the quality and quantity of training and support to enterprise owners. It comprises twenty five representatives of the major, national, small business membership and support organisations including Federation of Small Businesses, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, National Federation of Enterprise Agencies and the International Association of Bookkeepers. The SFEDI Advisory Board Enterprise Support Award Winners 2009 will be announced at the Awards Show in the Magic Circle Theatre, Euston at 1.15 on Thursday, 16th April.


Editor’s Notes:

1) The six government departments or agencies that SFEDI want to give a fair share of their skills and support budgets are DWP, DIUS, BERR, UKCES, LSC and UfI. SFEDI believes that as 95% of all enterprises in the UK have less than ten employees, most have none at all, but contribute over 30%, and growing, of UK employment then 30% of these budgets would be a ‘fair share’ to support micro enterprise owners. It is less than 10% currently.

2) The ‘cunning plan’ is for SFEDI to quality assure a consortium of enterprise support and training specialists to take 10,000 people out of the benefits system and into sustainable self employment, all achieved within eighteen months. 6% of these new enterprises will become substantial businesses and we guarantee that over 80% will still be gainfully self employed or employed after 3 years. The plan also includes growth incentives for existing small business owners and that all prospective and existing small business owners that invest time in their own development to be recognised by a SFEDI enterprise excellence mark that would be rewarded by preferential treatment from banks, corporates and government.

3) SFEDI researches and describes what skills and know how people need to start and run their own business and sets standards and quality assures those providing training and support to these small and home business owners.

4) SFEDI Advisory Board members, whose Awards Ceremony this is include Federation of Small Businesses, Forum of Private Business, British Chambers of Commerce, NFEA, ACCA, Customer First UK, Inbiz, Lloyds TSB, IAB, GoSkills, Lantra and fifteen other national organisations. More details on SFEDI and the SFEDI Advisory Board can be found on

5) These are the seventh SFEDI Advisory Board Enterprise Support Awards have been held at BAFTA (2008), HMS Belfast (2007) and before that at the Bank of England. The eighth Awards event will take place at Kensington Roof Gardens on 15th April 2010.

6) There are three places for journalists wishing to attend the reception and show at the Magic Circle on Thursday, 16th April. Please telephone and for any further details, the Founder of the Awards, Tony Robinson OBE on 07715 749079.

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