A SMALL business mentor from Scarborough was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Enterprise award at the IAB (International Association of Bookkeepers) Awards.

Tony Robinson, an author on small business issues and owner of business support companies The Business Advisory Bureau and EntrepreneursUK.com, received the award at an event held at the House of Commons.

Mr Robinson, who is also involved in the Enterprise Rockers campaign for micro businesses, has previously received an OBE for his services to small firms and advised the Government on enterprise.

The award, the first of its kind, was in recognition of those who prepare and support budding entrepreneurs to start and successfully run an enterprise.

Stephen Pegge, head of external affairs at Lloyds TSB Commercial, who presented the award, said: “Tony has championed enterprise for 25 years and been a tireless networker who has inspired so many to support the aspirations of those starting and growing their businesses.

“Tony has really moved the dial on enterprise from his beloved Scarborough to the international scene.”

Malcolm Trotter, chief executive of the IAB, said: “His enthusiasm and devotion is infectious and his networking ability has resulted in the establishment of a community of business and social organisations that support micro and small businesses.

“Tony has been instrumental in enabling the Government to understand that the best people to support those starting up businesses are in fact other business people and that Government support to facilitate that is the ‘better way’.”