Inside the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards shortlist

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16 businesses supported by responsible finance providers have been named as finalists in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are the annual celebration of Britain’s micro-entrepreneurs who have accessed “responsible” business finance. The awards, which launched in 2005, (and in 2013 in the UK) were established by the Citi Foundation to recognise best-in-class micro-entrepreneurs and celebrate the responsible finance sector and their contribution to national economies.

The finalists are:

Growth Award finalists:

• Alpkit, Newthorpe
• GMP Compliance Limited, Hull
• JMP Quality Homecare Ltd (Right at Home Preston)
• Lister Steps, Liverpool

Social Enterprise Award finalists:

• Barley Café, Prestwich
• Bin Cooking Ltd, Sheffield
• The Employability Trust (East Durham)
• Harry Specters, Ely

Sustainability Award finalists:

• All 4 Pets, East Kilbride
• The Argyll Smokery, Argyll
• Killbran Toy Trailers, Dungannon
• Ovenbird Coffee Roasters Ltd, Glasgow

Young Entrepreneur Award finalists:

• Jake Mina Associates Limited t/a Creative Print, Blackpool
• Joshua John Hairdressing, Aberfeldy
• The Milk Lounge, Nottingham
• Ruach Music Ltd, Kilkeel

Responsible Finance providers have been shortlisted in two Awards for providers and two for their staff:

Impact Award finalists:

• Enterprise Loans East Midlands, East Midlands
• Financing Enterprise, London
• Robert Owen Community Finance, Wales
• Wessex Resolutions CIC (WRCIC), South West of England

Resilience Award finalists:

• Key Fund, Yorkshire
• Lancashire Community Finance, North West of England
• Let’s Do Business Finance, South East of England
• Moneyline, North West of England

Responsible Finance Leader Award finalists:

• Sean Dennis, Deputy Chief Executive, Let’s Do Business Finance
• Lisa Greenhalgh, Director and Chief Executive, MISF (Merseyside Small Loans for Business Investment Fund Limited)
• Eric Munro, Director of Community Banking, RBS Social and Community Capital
• Steve Walker, Chief Executive, ART Business Loans, West Midlands

Responsible Finance Loan Officer Award finalists:

• Nicola Cosgrove DSL Business Finance Ltd
• Paul Humphray (MISF – Merseyside Small Loans for Business Investment Fund)
• Xiao Liu (Business Finance Solutions)
• Alex Mearns, Business Finance Solutions

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