PEOPLE making a new start in life by setting up their own businesses have been urged to compete for a top award.

Up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Huddersfield who have overcome the odds have been invited to take part in the Barclays Trading Places Awards.

The Government-backed competition, run with The Prince's Trust charity, will spotlight people who have taken control of their lives by deciding to go it alone.

Previous winners include a single mum who overcame physical abuse to set up a successful beauty business and a former policeman who lost an arm and his career but went on to establish a driving school for the disabled.

The awards are open to business owners who has been trading for at least three months and a maximum of three years and with an annual turnover of less than £1m.

David Slane, Barclays’ regional director for local business in Yorkshire, said: “This is a celebration of Yorkshire's unsung heroes who, despite great personal challenges, have taken steps to establish a sustainable business and in doing so changed the direction of their lives, for the benefit of themselves and their families.”

Judges will chose 10 national finalists to attend an awards dinner in London on October 7. They will each win £1,100 of desktop software with the winner getting a further £2,200 of computer equipment.

Other supporters of the award are the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Jobcentre Plus, The National Federation of Enterprise Agencies and the Microsoft company.