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BT steps up during tough times and offers a £10,000 grant to one lucky business

Small business offered a financial boost
Win a £10,000 start-up grant from BT Business

To celebrate Small Business Week 2008, BT Business is looking to help one budding entrepreneur take their business to the next level with a £10,000 business grant.

A panel of judges, including the managing director of BT Business, Bill Murphy, will select a winner who in their view not only has a brilliant, innovative and unique business idea, but who also demonstrates the pioneering qualities needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Bill Murphy said: “The entrepreneurial spirit is so important for the UK economy and we at BT Business feel it’s vital to support the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing opportunities like this.

“Initiatives such as Small Business Week show us that there is so much entrepreneurial talent out there – that we want to help one of our future success stories get off to a great start.”

An entrepreneur with an idea for a new venture or established businesses that needs an extra cash boost to launch a new product or service or expand into a new market could really benefit from this substantial business grant.

To be in with a chance of winning, entrepreneurs need to submit a written explanation of the plans for their business, and explain how they would spend the money. A shortlist of five will be chosen and the finalists will be invited to London later in the year to meet the judging panel and make their case for being awarded the cash prize. The winning business will also be eligible for a complete free audit of their information technology and communications systems by BT experts.

The deadline for entries is 6pm on December 31, 2008. Full details of the business grant competition are available at: www.bt.com/businessgrant.

Small Business Week brings together small businesses with BT Business, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), everywoman, Business Link, NatWest and Growing Business. It tackles issues such as the economic climate, home and flexible working, responsible business practices, mentoring, innovation, and winning and retaining business.

A range of initiatives have been launched during Small Business Week to help small businesses survive in today’s climate and plan for the future. These include a region-by-region mentoring directory, detailing programmes available across the UK and guidance on how to access them, and a series of webinars, events, clinics and guides. Full details of the week are available at: www.sbw08.co.uk.

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About Julie Hall

Hi, I'm Julie Hall, the founder of Women Unlimited. Which is my 4th business. I've had a business as a headhunter, a consultant, a new media agency and now finally Women Unlimited. I've learned lots of lessons - many of which could have been avoided. I hope you find the articles and stories on this website useful, and feel free to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.

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