'Inspired' by uni's enterprising young
WINNERS have been announced for this year's University of Gloucestershire Enterprise Awards at a glittering ceremony at the Park Campus in Cheltenham.
The annual business programme competition aims to encourage greater levels of entrepreneurial activity from the university students, staff and recent graduates.
Guests from the county's business community mingled with university staff and students before the winners were revealed by chairman of the judging panel and editor of The Citizen's sister paper, the Gloucestershire Echo, Kevan Blackadder.
The winners were chosen by a judging panel including entrepreneur John Caines OBE, University chancellor, Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE and John Thurston, chairman of the Watts Group.
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Mr Blackadder said: "Speaking on behalf of us all, I can honestly say we were not only impressed by the entries, but also inspired by them.
"The nomination forms not only revealed the application of those involved but also real achievement."
University Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston described the events as "one of the highlights of our year".
He said: "We want people to have the confidence, the skills and support networks to believe that they can succeed in their own enterprise.
"Whether it is the development of a new product, a new service or a new way of doing things, all this is enterprise and it is the enterprising that will lead the country out of a double-dip recession and contribute to make Gloucestershire a flourishing and thriving place to live and work.
"We can all win if, in our different ways, we can support, help and encourage enterprise."
A keynote speech was delivered by University Chancellor, Dame Rennie Fritchie.
Winners of the annual student business planning competition, BUG were also announced in two categories, the Open Award for staff or graduates who have left the university in the last five years, and the Taught Award for current students who have taken a business planning module.