Companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Midlands have just a few more days to get their entries in for the Rowan Best Business Innovation Award 2007.

The awards, supported by The Birmingham Post, offer the winner up to #8,000 of support and advice to make their idea a reality, with second and third prizes of #4,000 and #3,000.

Entries are being encouraged from start-ups, individuals and from established businesses looking to diversify into new innovative areas.

Chris Rattigan, chairman of the judging panel and managing director of Rowan, said: "We have had an excellent response and entries are still coming in every day,"

"But we know there are still quite a few outstanding entries out there. We just don't want anyone who has started to fill in the entry form to miss out because they didn't meet the deadline."

The awards are open to individuals or companies who can demonstrate a well thought-out idea which has the potential to become a commercial high flyer. Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have investigated the market opportunity for their product or service, have developed the idea to prototype or trial service stage and have a clear vision of the potential for their innovation in the market.

Prizes will be in the form of consultancy and support provided by Rowan in order to take the chosen innovations significantly closer to achieving commercial success.

Mr Rattigan said:"We introduced the Rowan Best Business Innovation Awards in order to recognise and reward the significant contribution that new and innovative thinking makes to the vibrancy of the Midlands economy.

"We see so many companies with great products and innovative ideas, but without the expertise or resources to make them truly successful."

Entrants have until the end of this week to download their entry forms. For more details click here. Entrants can also download an entry form at www.rowan-group.com or ring the awards helpline on 0870 112 6602. Winners will be announced in early July.