solarcentury WINS THREE AWARDS IN TREASURY-SPONSORED "INNER CITY 100"

· GREENEST UK INNER CITY COMPANY
· FASTEST GROWING INNER LONDON COMPANY
· SECOND FASTEST GROWING UK INNER CITY COMPANY

At the annual "Inner City 100" awards ceremony in the City of London last night, solarcentury won three trophies. The Inner City 100 is an annual league table of the hundred fastest growing inner city companies. The sponsors of the awards include HM Treasury, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times and the New Economics Foundation. John Humphries of the BBC Today Programme compered the awards and Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Paul Boateng, presented the awards to the three fastest growing companies.

Earlier, in the afternoon, The Chancellor Gordon Brown hosted a reception for leaders of the 100 companies at No 11 Downing Street. Both he and the visiting US Treasury Secretary, John Snow, gave speeches praising the entrepreneurs present and linking the spirit of entrepreneurship to the Anglo-American mission to make the world a safer place.

At the awards ceremony, the Chairman of venture capital firm Apax Partners, Sir Ronald Cohen, said "mission driven businesses are the next big thing."

solarcentury CEO Dr Jeremy Leggett said in his acceptance speech: "It was immensely encouraging, as a mission-driven business, to hear the view from Apax Partners. I need convincing that the current Anglo-American mission is making the world a safer place. But this I am sure of; Solar energy and our sister renewable energy technologies can make the world a much safer place. Our mission in solarcentury is to help make that happen. I can pledge to you on behalf of the 35 passionate engineers and marketeers working in the company that, as we grow, we will give our all to deliver the many environmental, social and geopolitical benefits of renewable energy, and in so doing, make the world a safer place."

Notes to editors:

· To be eligible for the Inner City 100 awards, companies have to be located in an inner city, be independent, have been founded before 1999, employ at least 5 people and act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
· The hundred companies turn over more than £1 billion and employ 1,500 people.
· solarcentury was one of only two energy sector companies in the 100.

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