Awards will highlight enterprising students
THE University of Gloucestershire's third annual Enterprise Awards were officially launched by Gloucestershire Echo editor Kevan Blackadder, who is the chairman of the judges.
There will be six categories with awards for current and past students and staff and local businesses with links to the university, recognising innovation and enterprise.
The awards range from an employability champion for those who have supported current students to an innovation partnership category.
Mr Blackadder told the university's business showcase event: "When I first agreed to become involved with the awards back in 2011 it was because I saw a real need for the university and business to work together.
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"I think after what we have heard from all the speakers tonight there is very little doubt that we have made massive strides forward. The university's description on the awards website is: 'An enterprising person is one who sees opportunities in all areas of life, marked by imagination, ambition and energy, demonstrating initiative and readiness to undertake new projects'.
"Now I think that is absolutely spot on and it sums up not only where we want the university and business to go together but the sort of enterprise we see with the awards each year. Over the first two years the relationship has certainly flourished between business and the university. They responded to feedback and that is the message I keep hearing.
"The awards help foster that relationship both by stimulating students' interest in business and enterprise and by encouraging the county's companies to work more closely with these potential future employees."
The other judges are University Chancellor Baroness Rennie Fritchie; SuperGroup founder and chief executive Julian Dunkerton; GFirst chief executive David Owen and John Thurston, chairman of the Watts Group, based in Lydney.
Laura Crabb, head of the university's business services, said: "The event is now established as a regular feature in the county's business calendar.
"It provides an opportunity for us to share and to celebrate some of our best business partnerships and the work that our students and alumni are doing both within the Gloucestershire economy and further afield."
The closing date for entries for the awards is April 30 with the awards ceremony on July 4. For more details and application forms visit www.glos.ac.uk/enterprise awards or email email@example.com or call 01242 714104.