BELFAST First Stop Business Shop has been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland final of the One 2 One Best for Business award.

The company is set to compete against three other projects to be recognised as the most enterprising and effective initiative helping new and growing businesses throughout the province.

A £1,000 regional prize and the chance to represent Northern Ireland in October’s national final gala dinner await the winner.

The Northern Ireland final will be judged by a local journalist, leading figures in business support in Northern Ireland, and entrepreneur and a One 2 One representative.

David Henson, One 2 One’s Business Unit Director, said: “One 2 One is very aware of the importance of supporting small businesses, as the entrepreneurial spirit continues to grow throughout the UK.

“With nearly one million business customers of our own, we believe that new and growing businesses are vital and financially significant part of the UK’s economy, and we are keen to support them wherever we can.”

One 2 One’s Best for Business competition, now in its fourth year, is supported by the head of the Small Business Service, David Irwin, and national organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Federation of Enterprise Services, Fit for the Future, and Investors in People UK. (MB)

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