LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR SHORT-LISTED FOR NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD

Caroline Redman Lusher, founder and director of Farnham based Rock Choir, the nationwide family of contemporary choirs, has been short-listed for a National Business Award.

Over 150 of Britain's leading businesses and business leaders have been revealed by the National Business Awards, in partnership with Orange, as finalists in the awards programme. Other rganisations short-listed businesses include a range of private, public and third sector companies, among them being National Grid, Marks and Spencer and London Early Years Foundation.

In their announcement the judges noted that: "Caroline Redman Lusher’s Rock Choir is sensational and uplifting; demonstrating great customer engagement and excellent community spirit."

The award finalists collectively turnover in excess of £135 billion per year and employ over 700,000 people across the UK.

The awards cover activities as diverse as digital marketing, international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences. The diverse size of the companies entering is also huge - ranging from a business with an annual turnover of less than £50k to high growth and high value companies with multi- billion pound revenues. The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated for the prestigious titles. They will now prepare to be filmed, or make presentations in person at London's iconic Gherkin, in front of expert juries who will decide the category winners, which will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13th November in London.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey and the Chair of Judges said: "This year has been a challenging environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity. It's good to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size - an impressive representation of the potential British businesses have. Congratulations to all our finalists."

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: "This year's finalists paint a picture of the new landscape of business. Organisations of all shapes and sizes have realised the value of talent; developing the internal entrepreneurs who will create and sustain growth and nurturing a collaborative and creative culture to drive the innovation needed to compete for, and keep, customers at home and abroad."

A full list of finalists can be viewed at: www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk along with details of how to book a table at the awards event itself.

For more information on Rock Choir, visit: www.rockchoir.com.