Announcing Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2016 Sponsor


Leading figures from the worlds of enterprise learning and skills will gather on Thursday 10 November for the Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2016. Recognising the endeavours of learners, educators, entrepreneurs, mentors, policy-shapers and others making an outstanding contribution to the UK’s enterprise and skills landscape, the Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2016 takes place in the House of Lords.

SFEDI and IOEE are proud to announce that Lloyds Banking Group is Headline Sponsor of the Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2016.
This sponsorship builds on a long-established relationship that has seen SFEDI and the IOEE working together closely to promote mentoring as an invaluable support tool for small businesses. Lloyds Banking Group is dedicated to helping British businesses prosper and recognises SMEs as the cornerstone of the UK’s economic recovery.

Jo Harris, Managing Director of Retail Business Banking at Lloyds Banking Group, said:

“Mentoring plays an increasingly important role in supporting Britain’s small businesses. SFEDI and IOEE promote the engagement and quality of learning within the UK’s entrepreneurial communities.

Lloyds Banking Group is proud to work closely with SFEDI and IOEE once again, to encourage, support, and inspire enterprises across the UK, as part of our ongoing commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.”

As the Headline Sponsor of the awards event, Lloyds Banking Group, have sponsor recognition of the highly respected Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners of this award have included John Timpson from The Timpson Group and Toni Mascolo OBE from TONI&GUY for their contribution to developing enterprising skills within their industry.

The high profile event is set to be exceptionally special as SFEDI celebrates 20 successful years. To mark this monumental occasion SFEDI will be inviting partners to let down their hair at a sparkling Aftershow Party being held straight after the Awards event at the PRIMO Bar, Westminster.

Award nominations are now open, with SFEDI and IOEE welcoming nominations from their networks, partners and the wider enterprise community. The nomination criteria and online nomination form is available at here.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 9 September. Shortlisted nominees will be notified by Friday 7 October and a full list of nominees will be available at

Ruth Lowbridge MBE, Executive Chair of the SFEDI Group, said:

“The Celebrating Enterprise Awards is our most significant event of the year celebrating the achievements of the most enterprising individuals and organisations across both across the UK and Internationally. We are delighted to work alongside Lloyds and be able to welcome them once again as the Headline Sponsor of the event. Lloyds Banking Group share our ambition to support and help small and medium businesses across the UK start, survive and thrive.”