The winners of the 2009 Make Your Mark Enterprising Young Brits Awards were announced on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at a ceremony at the Institute of Directors (IoD), London. They were each presented with a trophy and £1,000 prize money by Alistair Darling, who made time to chat to finalists and hear their positive stories – see pic!
The Fordhall Community Land Initiative, founded by Ben and Charlotte Hollins together with lots of volunteers, narrowly missed out on winning the top spot in the Social and Community category. But the judges were so impressed with the work the brother and sister team have achieved, they were given a special Highly Commended Award, never before given in the four years the competition has been running!
Run by the Make Your Mark campaign and supported by the Institute of Directors, The Daily Mail, HM Treasury and The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) the Enterprising Young Brits Awards reward budding young entrepreneurs (aged 30 and under) who have turned their ideas into a profit-making reality, shining a spotlight on the next generation of British business big shots.
Harry Rich, Chief Executive of the Make Your Mark campaign and Chair of the judges, said: “Once again these awards have highlighted some of the fantastically enterprising young people turning their ideas into reality right across the UK. It’s great to see people making money in these tough economic times and we hope that this signals a bright future for British business.”