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BritWeek 2010 Announces the first-ever BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards.

Call for Entries Deadline February 19, 2010

Awards Dinner on Tuesday May 4, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- In its fourth year of celebrating British connections with California, BritWeek (www.britweek.org) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) announce the first-ever BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards competition. The contest will highlight and recognize outstanding achievements in innovation by companies from the UK-California business community in design, technology and service provision. Awards will be presented at a dinner in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, May 4th 2010.

Any business with operations in both the UK and California will be eligible to be nominated or to apply for an award. Applicants must make a robust case in an essay of no more than 1,000 words for how the nominated company's innovation in design, technology or service has improved products, experiences and/or services. The nomination form is available for download at www.britweek.org/2010/InnovationAwards

The winning applications will be selected by a panel of renowned innovators, including entrepreneur engineer Sir James Dyson and internationally recognized creativity guru, Sir Ken Robinson.

"It is great to work in partnership with BritWeek to recognise and celebrate the innovation and creativity within the UK-California business community," said Fiona Francois, HM Consul & Director (West Coast USA), UK Trade & Investment.

"An amazing amount of the business innovation in the world has come out of either California or the UK, and still does" observed BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce, adding "in this economy we must innovate or die."

The awards dinner on May 4th, 2010 will be emceed by Frank Mottek of KNX Radio.

For more information or to submit an entry please see the rules below.

OFFICIAL RULES FOR ENTRY:

During the Contest Period (January 15, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time ("PT"), ends on February 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PT), visit www.britweek.org/2010/InnovationAwards and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the registration form, including a valid business address. P.O. Boxes are not permitted.

Then, follow the directions to download an application to nominate a business in the Contest. Downloading an application is free. Complete the application in its entirety, including the name of the company you seek to nominate, its address, a contact at the company, a brief description of the core business or services it offers, your name, your title or role, your applicable contact information and the category for which you would like to submit an essay nominating the company.

The categories are: (a) design, (b) technology and (c) service position. The essay must discuss how an innovation derived from the company you nominated in the respective category selected has improved products, experiences and/or service provision. Email the completed application and one (1) essay discussing the theme set forth above for the category you selected to InnovationAwards@britweek.org.

Each complete application and essay emailed will be a nomination (the "Nomination"). You may nominate a business you own or with which you are affiliated as a third party. By uploading your Nomination, you agree that your Nomination conforms to the Nomination Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the "Guidelines and Restrictions") and that Sponsor, may disqualify you from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion that your Nomination fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.
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