Are you the construction industry's James Dyson? Have you taken an embryonic or failing business and turned it into a multimillion-pound success story, just like John Morgan (see the Building Business supplement free with this issue)?
To honour construction's top go-getters, Building is today launching the industry's first Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The winner might be someone who has masterminded a brilliant business acquisition, or someone who has successfully opened up a new niche market. We are simply looking for outstanding examples of business creativity.

Who can enter
The award is open to all construction firms set up since 1990, or any organisation that has undergone rapid change in the past three years. For example, we would welcome entries from firms that have progressed rapidly or have changed tack as a result of a senior appointment, a merger or an acquisition. Any type of construction business can enter.

How to enter
It's simple. Tell us, in no more than 500 words, why you or your organisation deserves to be the 2001 Building Entrepreneur of the Year. Please give us some background on your organisation's main business, and what you've done to develop or transform it. We will also be looking for clear evidence of success as a result of your enterprise. All figures supplied will be treated in confidence, and will not be published in Building. You may provide as much supporting information as you wish.

A shortlist will be announced in a future edition of Building Business, and the winner will be revealed at a special awards ceremony as part of the Built Environment 2001 festival of construction and design in October. Built Environment 2001 will be the main event in this year's industry calendar and will feature exhibitions, in-depth case studies of leading projects, a convention and other fringe events.

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2001. Please send them to Adrian Barrick, Editor, Building, Exchange Tower, 2 Harbour Exchange Square, London E14 9GE, or email

The prize
The winner will receive £5000, and a special trophy at October's award ceremony.

The winner and the other shortlisted entrants will be profiled in Building Business, Building's new quarterly supplement.