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PUBLIC voting has now closed for the Steve Morgan Foundation’s Entrepreneur Awards.

Over 100 entries were received across the five different categories, making for a tough task to draw up the shortlists, with the respective winners and runners-up now to be decided by a combination of further assessment from the trustees and online voting.

“We have had some fantastic applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations,” said Jane Harris, Director of Regional Funding.

“The trustees had a very tough task to draw up the shortlists and it will probably be even more difficult to choose the winners and runners-up, which is why it will be nice to have a helping hand, with the online voting making up 25% of the overall points.

“The winners and runners-up will be announced at our next charity conference at Carden Park on September 13, sure to be another really positive day sharing all those stories of innovation and good practice which makes our supported charities so special.”

The four categories, for which the winners will receive £5,000 and two runners-up £1,000 each, are:

  • Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise
  • Charity or Social Enterprise making Greatest Local Impact
  • Charity or Social Enterprise Changing Young Lives
  • Charity or Social Enterprise with Best Volunteer Team

The fifth category winner for Best Overall Individual Contribution to Charity will be decided at the judges’ discretion, with a winner’s prize of £5,000.

This year’s awards are a revised version of the successful Entrepreneur Awards previously organised by the Steve Morgan Foundation on an annual basis between 2008 and 2012.

It was from attending last year’s inaugural charity conference at Carden Park that Chairman of the Foundation Steve Morgan, inspired by so many examples of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, decided to bring the Awards back for this year.

Steve, pictured, said: “The high standard of the applications has confirmed our view that there is a huge amount of dedication, creativity and innovation taking place within the Third Sector, and even those charities who haven’t made our shortlists should feel very proud of the work that they are doing to change the lives of people in their communities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to make an application and congratulate those who have made the shortlists.”