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Clean up with pounds 5,000.

JAMES Dyson has been voted the top business role model by more than half of small company bosses questioned.

Research by Abbey National Business shows that they admire the vacuum cleaner wizard's "level-headed business acumen" and hard work.

Now Mirror Money and Abbey National Business have joined forces to help you follow in Dyson's footsteps - we're giving away pounds 7,000 in prize money for the best and freshest new business ideas.

The winner of the Who Wants To Be Self-Employed? competition will get pounds 5,000 to help start up their enterprise and two runners-up will each receive pounds 1,000.

The judges, who include Abbey National Business director Gary Hockey- Morley, inventor Trevor Baylis and Mirror Money editor John Husband, will be looking for plans that are original, well thought out, have a good understanding of the marketplace and are financially viable. You'll find tips on the Abbey National Business website.

There are almost three million small firms in the UK and they are vital to the economy. "Our entrepreneurs are driven by a sense of achievement," says Gary Hockey-Morley, "and it's no wonder they want to do a Dyson. This competition will help fulfil their ambitions."

Entrants must be over 18 and standard Mirror competition rules apply. Send your entries to: Who Wants To Be Self-Employed? Competition, Attlee House, St Aldates Courtyard, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DQ. The closing date is August 28, 2002.

Don't forget to include your name, address and daytime phone number. We will not be able to return the documents.

For further information about Abbey National Business's services, call 0845 6070 666 or visit www.anbusiness.com

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