BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable will be the headline speaker at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2012.
The Cabinet Minister praised the awards, which are now open for entries, and emphasised the importance of entrepreneurialism to the health of the country.
The Liberal Democrat MP told the Yorkshire Post: “Despite the difficult economic conditions we are continuing to see businesses taking the initiative, being innovative and thriving.
“It is great that local companies in Yorkshire are being recognised for the fantastic work they are doing to help boost the local and UK economy.”
He added: “We need to harness the enthusiasm of our entrepreneurs, while creating the right conditions to develop new talent.
“The Government is backing SMEs by making it easier to gain access to finance and creating a network of thousands of business mentors.
“We hope that this support will encourage more people to take the leap and, like the successful people in Yorkshire, realise their business potential.”
Judges are inviting entries from all companies with a compelling story to tell, so long as they are based in Yorkshire or have significant operations in the region.
There are general categories as well as specific awards relating to export, innovation, community work and outstanding employment practices.
Companies and individuals have until Monday, July 2, to submit their entries in a simple process online via www.yorkshirepost.co.uk