10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme Directors Awarded Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

10,000 Small Businesses programme leaders were recently honored at the UK's most prestigious business awards. 

Tim Barnes, Programme Director at University College London, and Professor Mark Hart, Programme Director and Academic Lead at Aston University were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. They were among eight individuals recognised for their outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship education and promotion in the UK. Their invaluable contribution to the 10,000 Small Businesses programme was commended as part of the selection process.  These awards were coordinated through the UK Government’s Department of Business Innovation & Skills.

Tim Barnes became the Director of Enterprise Operations and UCL Advances at University College London (UCL) in 2007. Mr Barnes has led UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at UCL, from its inception and has secured over £12 million for its activities in that time. His other activities include  conceiving the London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge and, and he also started the Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 12 years ago - a project supporting students looking to start businesses, regardless of their degree subject or background. This is now the longest running activity of its type in the country. He also founded in 2011, a charitable project that seeks to inspire 11-13 year-olds to engage in entrepreneurship and now runs in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Africa. To-date he has successfully educated over 10,000 students in entrepreneurship and backed this up with supporting them in starting and developing their businesses. He has been Programme Director of the UK 10,000 Small Businesses Programme since it launched in February 2012.

Professor Mark Hart has been researching and teaching in the area of SMEs and entrepreneurship for over 30 years. He has held the Chair in Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston University since 2008. He is also currently the Programme Director and Academic Lead for the Midlands on the 10,000 Small Businesses Programme. Mark’s exceptional academic and research work in the field of entrepreneurship and SMEs has helped inform high-level government business support policies. Additionally, he continues to offer advice to new businesses through voluntary activities, including: PRIME (Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise) focusing on over the 50s, and Tsu-Chu Biz which runs business and leadership skills courses engaging disillusioned young people.

Learn more about the 2014 Queen's Awards for Enterprise