Thursday, December 17, 2015

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A business advisor with the Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO) has been named as Enterprise Coach and Mentor of the Year at a national awards.

Martyn Benson was presented with his National Enterprise Network (NEN) award at its conference in London. Organised by the membership body representing the enterprise support sector across England, the awards are presented to network members to recognise excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encourage the exchange of good practice.

The award recognises the outstanding work that Martyn has done to support new and growing businesses in the Rotherham area. He received an engraved trophy and a bottle of champagne.

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Martyn (pictured, left) said: "To get an award for work I love doing and for helping in Rotherham is fantastic. I knew I was short-listed but I was surprised and delighted to win. It took until the evening to really sink in."

The Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year award, sponsored by New Level Results, aims to recognise a coach or mentor who is passionate, has built excellent relationships with clients and delivered impressive support.

During his career, Martyn has won a number of awards and delivered business support over a range of different topics. He has assisted more than 1,600 clients and over 250 successful new start businesses, directly contributing to the Rotherham borough economy. Earlier this year he was named as one of the UK's top ten business advisers as part of the Top 50 Business Advisers awards.

Cllr. Denise Lelliott, advisory cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said: "I would like to congratulate Martyn on winning this prestigious award and I am delighted that his hard work has been recognised.

"The RiDO team provides excellent support to businesses in Rotherham and this award demonstrates the high calibre advice and guidance available.

"I would encourage anyone considering starting up or in business in the area that needs help to contact RiDO and take advantage of the support they provide."

RiDO is the business growth arm of Rotherham Council. It provides free and professional advice to anyone looking to start a business in the borough as well as supporting existing businesses with everything from finding the right premises, planning advice and guidance, finding and training recruits to locating new customers and suppliers.

Martyn and colleagues from RiDO were on hand at the recent Small Business Saturday to promote Business Lift Off - the free start-up training and the various business support services they offer.

Cllr. Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council (pictured, centre), said, "The RiDO team have a wealth of experience and expertise to help either existing businesses expand and develop or to assist new businesses at the very early start-up stages.

"There are lots of established companies in Rotherham who have worked with RiDO and continue to use their services. I'd encourage anyone considering setting up a business in the town to contact one of the business advisors and see what help and advice they can offer."

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