Trading Places awards launched

Scheme rewards entrepreneurs who have overcome immense difficulties

Entrepreneurs who have overcome immense difficulties to set up their own businesses are being invited to enter the Barclays Trading Places Awards.

The scheme rewards those who have changed their lives for the better as a direct result of setting up a business.

Previous winners include Nikki and Kevin Sweet who overcame three separate redundancies to set up a cider-making business, and Tracy Mackness who set up a sausage-making venture after completing a prison sentence.

Winners will receive a share of £45,000 worth of prizes. The awards are open to sole traders, partnerships and companies that have been trading for at least three months and under 3 years as of March 30 2009.

The closing date for entries in Friday 22 May, 2009. Anyone interested in entering should visit www.barclays.co.uk/tradingplaces or call 0800 085 3203.

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