From today, disabled entrepreneurs can enter the competition for the 2010 Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, in which they can win £50,000.Sir Stelios launched the search for the 2010 winner at our Entrepreneurs’ Summit last month, and the competition is now open to disabled entrepreneurs from across the UK. Sir Stelios will crown the 2010 winner at our Growing Business Awards on November 25, 2010, where he will present the winner with a cheque for £50,000. “With 50 per cent of disabled adults out of work, removing the barriers disabled people face in business is essential,” says Sir Stelios. “Self-employment is the only viable option for many disabled people as it offers flexibility and helps bypass much of the prejudice that sadly still exists.” The award is run by Leonard Cheshire Disability and sponsored by easyGroup chairman Sir Stelios, through his Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. “We received a terrific response last year from disabled entrepreneurs all over the UK and, as one of the judges, I was amazed by the high standard of entries. Arriving at a shortlist proved a difficult task just because there are so many talented entrepreneurs out there.” Last year, the award was presented to John Pickup (pictured with Stelios, above) of Amputees in Action, a business that specialises in supplying amputee extras and stuntmen for film, television and military casualty training. You can find out more details on how to enter here. The closing date for entries is Friday, 3 September, 2010.
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