RAU crowned Business Innovation of the Year at Cirencester awards
The Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was named Business Innovation of the Year at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2016 last week (Friday 13 May), for its robust programme of support for student entrepreneurs.
The Business Innovation of the Year category recognised the company which had developed a new or improved product, process or service, and made a significant difference to their performance.
Our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme provides support and mentoring for enterprising students, who wish to develop their business idea from concept, through to testing, and then on to launch and growth. The programme will be further enhanced with the opening of the new Trent Lodge Enterprise Centre, which will provide incubation facilities for student businesses as they grow.
The Business Innovation of the Year award was presented by Ian McLarty from Cirencester College, who sponsored the award.
Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise at the RAU, said: “We are delighted to have won the Business Innovation of the Year award at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. It means a lot to have our programme recognised by local businesspeople. The support of local businesses means we can provide a mentoring and workshop programme, and for that we are truly grateful.”
Now in its sixth year, a record number of entries were received for the annual Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurial excellence in the town.
It’s been a fantastic year for enterprise so far. In March 2016, the RAU was runner up in the entrepreneurship category at The Guardian University Awards 2016, and in April 2016, student Theo Wasserberg was shortlisted for Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, for his clothing business Tahouts.