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A mobile vet says being shortlisted for a prestigious business award is testament to the hard work he and his team are doing.

Dr John Rosie, of Vet Care @ Home, has made it into the top eight of the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Midlands region) category at the 2019 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The vet, who has a team of six staff who travel to clients’ homes to treat pets in their own environment, is one of 630 finalists in 13 award categories across eight regions.

The scheme aims to support, connect and encourage entrepreneurial minds in Great Britain.

One of the judges in Dr Rosie’s category is James Caan CBE, an investor and entrepreneur who was one of the Dragons on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.

Dr Rosie, who is based in Belper, said:

“It feels great to have been shortlisted.

“It very positive and reinforces the work we are doing. We are very pleased about it. We won the Derby Telegraph Startup Business Award and it’s great to be recognised again.

“There are quite a few decent companies entered in the Midlands final. It won’t be an easy task to win it, but I’m very pleased with having got this far.”

Although the awards celebrate entrepreneurship, Dr Rosie said his business success would not be possible without the team behind him.

“It’s a team effort, not just myself,” he said.

“It’s down to everyone who is crucial in making the whole thing work.”

A regional final will take place at The Glee Club in Birmingham on September 25, ahead of a black tie national final in London on November 21.

Dr Rosie added:

“It would be amazing to win. What we are doing here is something completely different, and this would reward the good work we are doing.”

Francesca James, NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards founder, said: “Looking at the shortlist, I can safely say this is our strongest year yet. 

“We have such a diverse range of businesses in terms of size and industry, and the calibre really is quite incredible. 

“I wish each and every single finalist the very best of luck, and look forward to welcoming them to the regional finals.”

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