Search Is On For Britain’s Best Small Businesses
Monday, 11 November 2013
Today the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and WorldPay launch the national Small Business Awards.
The FSB WorldPay UK Business Awards are designed to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and to highlight the crucial role they play in supporting the economy.
Back for the second year running, the awards are designed to promote success, highlight innovation and celebrate the achievements of small businesses across the country. In these challenging economic times it is small businesses across the UK that are helping our economy to recover, so it is vital they are recognised for their contribution and rewarded for all their hard work.
The awards are divided into four categories; Business Innovation, Young Entrepreneur, Micro Business and Online Business, where one entrant within each group will be named as the overall category winner. Each of the four category winners will receive a prize fund of £4,500, plus a half-day Marketing workshop. In addition, one business from the four category champions will also be selected as the overall winner of the FSB WorldPay UK Business of the Year Award. The overall winner will receive an additional prize fund of £5,000, provided by WorldPay and FSB.
Last year’s winners included: Armits Autos (Young Entrepreneur), Atelier Millinery (Micro Business of the Year), My Little Angels (Online Business of the Year) and Vegware (Business Innovation and overall winner of the awards).
Colin Willman, Chairman FSB (Member Services) Ltd, said: “Last year was the first time we ran the awards and the SME business community’s response was overwhelming. We had more than 600 entries and we are hopeful that we’ll beat that figure this year.
“Small retailers, craftsmen, manufacturers, service providers and specialists are the driving force of Britain’s economy and our nationwide award scheme is specifically designed to highlight the importance of small businesses in Britain and to recognise and celebrate their success.”
Robin Mackenzie, Head of Small Business at WorldPay confirmed, “These awards are about celebrating the heroes making British small business great. These people demonstrate great passion in setting up and growing their business and that’s why it’s so important to me that we celebrate their success.
“There are nearly five million SMEs operating in the UK (from sole traders to freelancers), and that means five million business owners who deserve to be rewarded for not only setting up their business, but running and growing it every day, to raise the bar for business Britain.”
Forty-eight entrants will be taken through to the national final, which will be held in London next May. Businesses have until the end of January 2014 to submit their application online at www.fsbworldpayawards.co.uk
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Notes to Editors
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About the FSB
The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the UK's Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk.