…not a bizarre shopping list, but some of the thriving businesses that will come together for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards
A diverse bunch of young, social and micro entrepreneurs have been named as finalists for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. The awards, a partnership between Responsible Finance and the Citi Foundation, celebrate the small and dynamic businesses that are flourishing, with the support of responsible finance providers. The finalists range from sole traders to multi-million pound businesses, but they have one thing in common – they have all received finance from a member of Responsible Finance after being unable to get help from mainstream providers.
This year’s finalists include the biggest BMX mail order company in Europe, an innovative Cornish company that designs and manufactures bespoke buildings from recycled shipping containers, and a Northern Irish Food Company which has developed a new fresh and ready to use seaweed product.
The entrepreneurs all have a story to tell and hurdles they have overcome. They include inspiring young entrepreneurs who have created successful businesses – this year a technical direct marketing company and family retail business. Social entrepreneurs also feature on the shortlist – a community library and hub, a macaroon producer and a provider of accommodation for vulnerable young people – all run by people making a difference in their community.
Responsible finance providers will be enjoying the spotlight too. The people on a mission to help those unable to get finance elsewhere, to promote financial inclusion and support economic growth will get some much deserved recognition.
The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards will take place on 28th March in Cardiff. They are the centrepiece of the Responsible Finance 2017 conference – more details are available at www.responsiblefinance.org.uk