"We are delighted to work with Sir Stelios on an award that celebrates the remarkable achievements of disabled entrepreneurs."
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability are pleased to invite applications for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2015 worth 50,000 Pounds.
The award, jointly run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (www.stelios.com) and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, (www.LeonardCheshire.org) recognizes the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges to set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field. Now in its ninth year, past winners have been drawn from the travel agency, homebuild and IT sectors as well as companies specializing in disability/mobility aids.
The £50,000 award recognizes talents of established business owners with a disability or long-term health condition.
The cash prize is the largest of its kind for disabled entrepreneurs.
The award is run in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK's leading disability charity.
Award is personally chosen and presented by Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou at a special ceremony in London on November 4th.
Applications are now being accepted online at www.leonardcheshire.org The deadline for all applications is Friday 18 September 2015.
Sir Stelios said:
"Creating opportunities for disabled people facing discrimination in business is essential. The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs highlights their achievements and contribution to society. We want to hear from talented disabled entrepreneurs who are able to show they have got what it takes to run a successful business and meet a real need in the market."
Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability said:
"We are delighted to work with Sir Stelios on an award that celebrates the remarkable achievements of disabled entrepreneurs. I know there are many talented and successful disabled entrepreneurs out there. I urge them to take advantage of this unique opportunity for valuable recognition of their business and skills - in cash and publicity - and apply."
Last year's winner, Ben Wolfenden said:
"Winning the 2014 award has meant so much to me both financially and personally. I've been able to solidify the team and our offering, grow some fantastic new clients and build a better working environment for my health."
Ben said that despite undergoing a grueling regime of medication and five hours of physiotherapy every day, he and his team have grown Visibilis by over 1000% in the year from 2012 to 2013, with 2014 exceeding expectations.
He added, "I would urge anyone with a disability, whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur or not, to apply and let Stelios and his team decide!"
Last year's Stelios Award Winner was Ben Wolfenden, and his company Visibilis. (www.visibilis.co.uk) The Company offers complete digital marketing expertise through SEO, web design and digital tool development.
For full details on eligibility and an application form please visit www.leonardcheshire.org/stelios or call 020 7112 1489 (choose option 1). Alternative application formats are available on request.
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