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UCL Advances shortlisted for Camden Business Awards

4 November 2013

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UCL Advances, the university’s centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Camden Business Awards.

Following a submission by the division entered earlier this month, the Centre has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award.

The Award is open to a range of organisations in Camden who have engaged in activities which have brought measurable benefits to the Camden community, whether that be working with local schools, mentoring, volunteering, or anything else which has had a direct impact on the local community.

Led by the Camden Business Board, the Awards aim to celebrate the role businesses throughout the borough have made to the local community. The Board brings together leading businesses and other organisations to facilitate sustainable economic growth in the borough.

In the years since it was set up in 2007, UCL Advances has had a significant impact in terms of both supporting small businesses across Camden and in inspiring the borough’s young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

The division’s Citrus Saturday initiative, which was founded by Director of UCL Advances Timothy Barnes, began life in schools throughout Camden, with student volunteers from UCL working with school students to set up lemonade stands around the borough and introduce them to the dynamics of running a business.

The programme has since expanded nationally and internationally, running in countries as diverse as Belgium, Ireland, Swaziland and Mozambique.

UCL Advances has also supported many Camden-based businesses through it business mentoring and support initiatives, and through delivering Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses Programme to potentially high-growth enterprises, both in the borough and across London.

“We feel UCL Advances has made a real difference to the lives of Camden residents, so it is great to have that recognised by being shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award,” said Gups Jagpal, Deputy Director of UCL Advances. “I’m looking forward to the awards night and hearing whether we win. The work of all our staff to promote entrepreneurship and support small businesses definitely deserves this recognition.”