The Entrepreneur's Network's Programme Director, Annabel Denham, wrote an op-ed for CityAM explaining why entrepreneurs need to be recognised for their achievements.
ENTREPRENEURS have no lack of recognition in popular culture today: there are movies about icons like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, and Lord Sugar has now uttered “You’re fired” over 120 times on our TV screens. Politicians, meanwhile, grab any opportunity to sing business owners’ praises – with David Cameron describing them as “national heroes” in his 2013 party conference speech.
So it should come as little surprise that big business is also eager to get a slice of the action. Perhaps the most obvious manifestation is the hundreds (literally) of entrepreneur awards taking place in Britain today, each broken down into dozens of categories spanning sector, location, size and age. Cynics might view these competitions as little more than a box-ticking exercise, but the reality is that they do far more than provide great PR for the large corporates who sponsor them. Entrepreneurs work long hours, rarely take holidays, and can wait years before seeing tangible rewards. It’s vital that they continue to receive the recognition they deserve.
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