A record-breaking number of entries have been received for the 2009 Jersey Enterprise Awards. With over 40 Jersey companies having submitted entries for the business categories, this year’s gala awards evening is set to be highly competitive and celebrate in style the business success of many local companies in what was a difficult year for Jersey businesses.

Senator Alan Maclean, Minister for Economic Development, says, “At the end of a tough year for business, it is excellent to see so many entries for the 2009 Jersey Enterprise Awards. Those we have received are of an outstanding quality and all of the organisations which entered should be very proud of themselves, their performance last year and the exceptional input of their staff.”

“We are also delighted that Lord Bilimoria, the founder of Cobra Beer and one of the UK’s leading businessmen, will be delivering the keynote address at the Awards. His business experience, which has seen him create an extremely well known brand in an incredibly competitive market place, will be of great interest to entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the island. We look forward to welcoming everyone on the evening.”

Now in their eighth year, the Awards are designed to recognise the achievements of local businesses, excellence in management and the contribution individuals and organisations make to the island.

The Awards, which include the NatWest Small Business Award, the Altis Medium Business Award, the Play.com Large Business Award, the Indigo Lighthouse Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Jersey Electricity Environment Award, the Condor Ferries Community Award and the BPP Professional Education Manager of the Year Award, will be presented at the ceremony on Friday 26th February.

Sean Pritchard from Jersey Enterprise added: “I am delighted with the quality and quantity of the Award entries. It is great that we have such a strong enterprise culture in Jersey and it is important that the business community in the island recognise the importance of rewarding hard work and success. I don’t envy the task of the judges however, having to pick the winning submissions from possibly the strongest group of entries I have seen before.”

People wishing to book a place at the Jersey Enterprise Awards should email Christine Holmes (cholmes@profilepm.com).

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