The North West’s SME community draws together for the EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

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Last week, SME owners from across the North West gathered for the EN North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, once again highlighting the value of events which encourage collaboration within small business communities.

Taking place at the Mere Golf Resort, the EN North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards saw some of the region's most inspiring small businesses gather to celebrate the entrepreneurs that are driving growth for the local economy. A number of prestigious accolades were awarded to business leaders from all sectors, including the grand prize of 'North West Entrepreneur of the Year', which went to BetterBathrooms' founder Colin Stevens.

More than just an occasion to recognise the efforts of these exceptional individuals though, the ceremony also presented a rare opportunity for SMEs from across the North West to come together as one.

Small businesses represent a vital driving force within the British economy, accounting for almost half of all private sector turnover and employing 23.9 million people. Despite this, many SMEs are restricted from accessing the tools needed for growth, including finance. As a result, collaboration between small businesses and the organisations that support them can offer a key way for SMEs to compete with larger players through shared knowledge, resources and a culture of cooperation.

Understanding the value of cultivating strong ties within the small business community, Aldermore is committed advocates of SME events, and are supporting the UK's first-ever Small Business Saturday later this year.

As part of the Bank's involvement in Small Business Saturday, Aldermore's Mark Stephens recently took part in a live Google Hangout with the scheme's champion, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna. This conversation is now available to view online for further information on how this landmark scheme will benefit the country's SMEs.

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