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Hallam graduates in the running at Sheffield Business Awards

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Students and graduates from Sheffield Hallam University are in the running for prestigious accolades at the Sheffield Business Awards.

The awards ceremony, which takes place tonight, recognises the best businesses across the region.

Hallam graduate Hannah Duraid, who won two awards last year, is again nominated. Her business, The Great Escape Game, is up for Best Contribution to Sheffield Visitor Experience.

Jump Inc. founder Chris Hayes studied Science, Sport and Business Management at Hallam. His trampoline business is shortlisted in the Grey Matter Marketing and Communications Award.

A new award, the Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award, features a shortlist of three businesses started by students or graduates from both Sheffield universities.

The entrants from Sheffield Hallam are Bullion, Klear Commercial Services Ltd and Yang for Young.

Sheffield Business School (SBS) is once again sponsoring SME of the Year.

Lynda Hinxman, Assistant Dean for Employer Engagement in SBS is presenting the award for SME of the Year.

She said: "She said: "Sheffield is a city of vibrant small businesses and they play a vital role in our regional economy. It is an honour to be supporting small businesses of this calibre within our city region.

"Our role as a Business School is to partner with local business to help encourage and drive innovation and growth.

"There are a number of candidates shortlisted for awards that are studying or have studied at Sheffield Hallam and have gone on to start their own small business which is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit we foster here."

For press information: Joanne Beattie in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2074 or email