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Finals for All Together NOW! in Barclays’ awards

Barclays Trading Places logoAll Together NOW! has been named among the 10 finalists in the 2010 Barclays Trading Places Awards.

The awards, set up to recognise and reward small businesses that have overcome huge obstacles to achieve success, attracted entries from all over the UK.

Steve Cooper, chair of the judging panel and managing director, Barclays Business, said: “The calibre of this year’s entries is outstanding and we hope that with this recognition, All Together NOW! will continue on the road to success.

“We also hope other budding entrepreneurs will come forward and turn their own business dreams into reality.”

Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise, added: “I am delighted to have the chance to support the Barclays Trading Places Awards.

“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of people who have set up their own business in difficult circumstances.

“The Government is committed to helping make the next decade the most enterprising in history.

“The Trading Places entrants are an inspiration to everyone and embody the best of the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit. I would like to congratulate all those involved.”

The overall winner will receive £10,000 for their business, and the runner-up, £5,000.

Awards supporters Microsoft and Yell will also be offering tailor-made packages for the ten national finalists, including the latest business software and special multi-media advertising packages.

There is also a special award and a cheque for £3,500, courtesy of Barclays and The Sun, for the finalist whose business is helping local people by putting something back into the community.

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