Paul Barry-Walsh, Chairman, Fredericks Foundation - QAEP Recipient 2008
"It's a great honour to receive this prestigious Royal Award for something I love doing - helping aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams," said Mr Barry-Walsh. "So often, the odds are stacked against entrepreneurs, especially if they have a disability, illness or challenging personal circumstances. The Fredericks Foundation was set up specifically to help ambitious people in this situation with start-up support, loan finance and mentoring. This award is as much for them, as it is for me personally."
Sally Arkley, Managing Director, Women's Business Development Agency - QAEP Recipient 2008:
"I am absolutely thrilled to receive this Award. Just as importantly, I think this Award gives due recognition of the achievements of our clients, the hard work of the Women's Business Development Agency team and the help from our regional and national supporters. Although giving a lead in Europe, the UK still lags significantly behind the US in terms of women run enterprises and I think what we are doing at WBDA shows what can be done to raise the level of female entrepreneurship in the UK, especially women from underserved groups and areas".
Pam Neal, Mentor and Workshop Facilitator, CODA Business Management Ltd - QAEP Recipient 2008:
"Starting off in your own business is exciting, challenging, and so very rewarding. Seven years ago, I was one of those people setting up a business, so to be be given the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience, to help so many people fulfil their dreams is such a thrill and a privilege for me. To be recognised for my passion through a Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is a fantastic honour!"
Janette Pallas, Business Incubation and Enterprise Manager, De Montfort University - QAEP Recipient 2008:
"I'm delighted to receive this honour which recognises the achievements of all the people I work with at De Montfort University and across the wider community who have helped to foster a culture of enterprise. Innovation is thriving in the East Midlands thanks to the commitment of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping others realise their dreams. I love working with entrepreneurs because of their energy and enthusiasm. It's so exciting when they are able to move their businesses forward. They really do have some fantastic ideas and it's a pleasure to help channel them in the right direction."
Michael Leithrow, Executive Director and General Manager, Northern Pinetree Trust, QAEP Recipient 2008:
"I am both humbled and honoured to receive this Award and to think that the work which we have been doing at Northern Pinetree Trust and Spirit of Enterprise helping to start up many hundreds of businesses with people with a disability, has been recognised in this way. This Award is testimony principally to those disabled entrepreneurs but also to the external partners and staff who have made this possible."
John May, Chief Executive, Career Academies UK - QAEP Recipient 2008:
"It is a great honour to receive this accolade. I am immensely proud to have been recognised in this way, but this Award is as much for my family, friends and colleagues, who have supported my work and do so much on a day-to-day basis to help boost young people's enjoyment of learning and passion for enterprise, as well as their self belief and sense of achievement. In a society that so often maligns young people, putting the cause of all problems firmly at their door, I believe that it's important to champion and celebrate their achievements - both the every day and the extraordinary. Raising the aspirations of our young people, through changing the way business and education works together and better instilling enterprise skills and attitudes, is key to our future economic prosperity."
Zulf Ali, Chairman, Reach BCS - QAEP Recipient 2008:
"Giving other entrepreneurs the confidence, support and tools to succeed is something I've always been passionate about. I believe enterprise is much more of an art than a science, but start-ups often need practical guidance and grounding in business basics to turn their ideas into reality. It's tremendously satisfying to see companies I've advised grow from small acorns into mighty oaks, and to receive this Royal Award for my efforts is the icing on the cake."