Entrepreneurs in Dumbarton are being urged to enter the search for Scotland’s start-up Business of the Year.

The competition, run by Virgin Startup10: Scotland, will offer mentoring and support from a leading Scottish law firm to the winning business.

The top ten finalists will be shortlisted in February and recognised as Virgin StartUp’s 10 Scottish ambassadors.

The overall winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in March and will receive a mentoring session from an all-star judging panel of leading Scottish entrepreneurs.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, who has thrown his support behind the competition, said: “Scotland has a proud tradition of entrepreneurship, and today we have the highest number of registered businesses recorded in Scotland since records began – an impressive achievement which is largely driven by the success of our small business start-ups.

“This is a trend that we would like to see continue and I am delighted that Virgin Start Up continue to contribute so positively to entrepreneurship in Scotland - identifying best practice among start-ups helps communicate that practice to other new businesses, helping to ensure they survive and thrive.”

To find out more and submit an entry, visit virginstartup.org/10-scotland.

The closing date for entries is February 5.