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BEF are proud to be shortlisted for a 2018/19 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

We are thrilled to announce we have been shortlisted for the Impact Award for the 2018/19 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are the annual celebration of Britain’s microentrepreneurs who have accessed responsible business finance. The awards, which launched in 2005, (and in 2013 in the UK) were established by the Citi Foundation to recognise best-in-class microentrepreneurs and the responsible finance sector. They are run in collaboration with Responsible Finance.

The Impact Award recognises a successful responsible finance provider who has effectively demonstrated, communicated and improved its impact.

Simon Jackson, BEF Head of Investment said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted. Over the last 12 months, we brought £39m of economic benefit to the regional economy – over £4 for every £1 we lent. Our lending, support and impact were aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) which are central to our ethos of finance for good.”

We’re also proud to have announce that Tom McKenzie and Sam Leach of Spark:York are shortlisted for the Young Microentrepreneur Award. The award recognises the success of an outstanding young social entrepreneur with a clear social or environmental mission who has benefited from the support of a responsible finance provider.

Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Inclusive Finance and Community Development said: “The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are a celebration of the enterprises and local businesses that are the backbone of our communities. This year’s awards align with the UNSDGs agenda and the shortlisted businesses and responsible finance providers all contribute to economic growth and the social and environmental vibrancy of their communities.”

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 13 March 2019 in Liverpool.

The full shortlist is available at

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