By Jonathan Davies

The University of South Wales (USW) has launched the Making Business Happen awards with the aim of rewarding, celebrating and encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs from across the UK to show how they're 'making business happen'.

Sponsored by NatWest and supported by Fresh Business Thinking, the Making Business Happen Awards are open to start-up businesses as well as more established SME operations.

Making Business Happen has been designed to highlight entrepreneurial talent and reward groups and individuals for their commitment and approach to developing an effective or innovative business or business idea.

The awards are open to people across the country, not just University of South Wales students.

The awards are broken down into four categories, the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Awards for school or college students, the Graduate Start-up Award for any graduate of any university who has started a business within the last three years, the SME Business Growth Awards for graduates of any university whose business has been running for at least three years and has shown strong growth, and finally, the USE Enterprise Challenge for current USW students and those who've graduated from the university within the last three years.

Prizes include a cash prize of up to £12,500 and business support packages and mentoring.

For more information and to enter the awards, please visit the Making Business Happen Awards website: www.uswbusinessawards.co.uk

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