Barclays Sponsors Contest For Underdogs

Barclays Sponsors Contest For Underdogs

By Doug Caverly – Mon, 06/21/2010 – 2:29pm.

Trading Places Awards will recognize people who “triumph in business”

UK small business owners who have become successful despite experiencing some bad luck should make an effort to enter a contest.  Barclays – along with a number of other organizations – wants to recognize perseverance through the 2009 Trading Places Awards.

BarclaysEntities including Barclays, Microsoft, the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies, and Yell are “looking for individuals with an inspiring story to tell and whose grit and determination has turned tragedy into triumph,” according to the official site.

Or more specifically, “People who might have started working for themselves as a means of beating long-term unemployment or a life on benefits.  Or perhaps after being made redundant, with no prospect of another job in sight.  We also want to hear from people who were already running a business when they experienced an event that changed their life in an instant.  For example, a serious illness or personal tragedy . . .”

Ten finalists will then receive a paid trip to London, with the winner and runner-up receiving 10,000 and 5,000, respectively.  Plus, an individual who has given back to his or her community will win a special 3,500 prize.

As for a couple other details: if you want to enter – or if you want to submit someone else’s name – know that applications must be received by July 16th.  And the dinner at which the awards will be presented is supposed to be held on November 30th.

An entry form is available here.  Good luck to everyone who decides to participate.

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