Startups Awards 2014 Open For Entries
Search is on for the UK’s Tech Business of the Year
Entry Deadline: 12 September 2014
The 11th annual Startups Awards have launched and are now open for entries, including a search for the new Tech Business of the Year.
Sponsored by Simply Business and organised by Startups.co.uk, the number one website for start-ups and small businesses, the Awards recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for three years or less.
Previous winners of the Awards have included some of the UK’s fastest rising brands, such as BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £37.7m), The Cambridge Satchel Company, Raspberry Pi, Ella’s Kitchen, Naked Wines, Notonthehighstreet.com, YPlan, Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn and Secret Escapes.
There are fifteen awards up for grabs this year, including the Tech Business of the Year, sponsored by Nominet.
Other categories include Innovative Business of the Year, Service Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, alongside two new awards for 2014: Independent Shop of the Year and Restaurant of the Year. The main prize is the much coveted title of Simply Business Startups Business of the Year, the winner of which is selected from the winners of the other categories.
Additionally, the People’s Champion award will go to one of 50 companies that make the long list of outstanding entrants before the finalists are announced and will be voted for by readers of Startups.co.uk.
David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, said: “Eight years ago, Paul Lindley was starting children’s food business Ella’s Kitchen in his kids’ playroom. In the company’s first year it won the Micro Business of the Year title at the Startups Awards. Last year, Paul sold his multi-million turnover business to a billion-dollar revenue US giant.
“This month, Paul was part of the United Nations Global Accelerator summit, where a select group of entrepreneurs met to discuss solutions to global issues.
“Very few new business owners will even dream of achieving half of that. But if you want evidence that the Startups Awards spots real winners before the world knows about them, this is it. We can’t wait to start seeing the entries from businesses that will be market leaders, great employers, and innovators admired throughout the UK and beyond in years to come.”
The Startups Awards’ headline sponsor, Simply Business, returns for a second year. Head of Marketing & Communications at Simply Business, Jasper Martens, commented: “From the next-generation marketing platforms to innovative swimming class franchises and flexible working solutions, the products and services entered to the Startups Awards each year give us enormous pride in our sponsorship, and enthusiasm for the years to come.
“There is simply no better celebration of business achievement in the UK right now than these awards and we’re more proud than ever to be a part of it.”
Joining Simply Business are sponsors haysmacintyre (Venture Funded Business of The Year), The Made Simple Group (Young Entrepreneur of the Year), Big Red Cloud (Service Business of the Year) and Nominet (Tech Business of the Year).
Judges from Startups.co.uk and those representing key sponsors, will be joined by a high-profile and experienced group of entrepreneurs, former winners, investors and business journalists.
To enter simply visit www.startupsawards.co.uk.
Deadline for submissions is 12 September 2014.
The Awards ceremony will take place on the Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Kensington Roof Gardens, London. Finalists, judges, journalists and sponsors will be attending this prestigious event.
2014 Startups Awards Categories
- Simply Business Startups Business of the Year
- Venture Funded Business of the Year (sponsored by haysmacintyre)
- Service Business of the Year (sponsored by Big Red Cloud)
- Tech Business of the Year (sponsored by Nominet)
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by The Made Simple Group)
- Innovative Business of the Year
- People’s Champion
- Crowdfunded Business of the Year
- Franchisee of the Year (Small & Sweet)
- Home-based Business of the Year (Small & Sweet)
- Independent Shop of the Year
- Mumpreneur of the Year (Small & Sweet)
- Product Business of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year
- Women in Business Award
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When referring to the awards please refer to it as Startups Awards and when to the organisers, Startups.co.uk.
To be eligible to enter businesses must have been trading no earlier than August 1 2011, must be privately owned and based in the UK.
Startups.co.uk is the number one website for start-ups and small businesses. Established in 2000, it is specifically designed to answer any start-up business questions a user may have, as well as boasting an extremely active forum where readers can exchange ideas. Startups’ popularity continues to increase with small business owners and new businesses consistently rating Startups.co.uk as the UK’s leading source of information for entrepreneurs.
About our sponsors
Simply Business are the headline sponsor of the Startups Awards 2014 and the UK’s largest online business insurance broker, currently insuring over 250,000 small businesses and landlords. Right at the heart of the start-up community, they work with customers to enable progress and drive success, while providing a hub for specialist knowledge, support and on the pulse news reports. With over 40,000 followers across the social media-scape, they’re a key player in a flourishing network.
haysmacintyre are a successful firm of Chartered Accountants and tax advisers based in Central London, providing quality accountancy, tax, corporate finance and business advice to entrepreneurs and fast growing businesses. The 25 partners lead a team of 170 staff advising start-ups, fast growing and entrepreneurial businesses, listed companies and social enterprises on a range of commercial and financial challenges. Their professionals work in specific sectors which include creative, media & technology, hospitality, real estate, financial services and social enterprises.
Big Red Cloud
Big Red Cloud is a leading supplier of online account’s software to the small and mid-sized business market. For a low monthly fee of just £10 a month you can join the 35,000 companies using their award winning suite of products.
They believe in giving exceptional value by including, multiple users, telephone, email, live chat support and free access for your accountant.
Nominet is the internet registry services provider for all UK domain names including .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and the newly launched .uk. They operate the national infrastructure, and run the technology behind, the UK internet with millions of businesses and consumers depending on Nominet’s services every day.
Domain names are one of the key building blocks of the internet – the new .uk domain is shorter and sharper and signifies people and businesses based in the UK with a global outlook – the ideal platform and online address for a new, digitally-savvy generation.
The Made Simple Group
The Made Simple Group offer business products and services to start-up companies and small businesses. Founded in 2002, they now run more than 8 websites providing services such as Company Formations, Virtual Offices, Mail Forwarding, Business Training, Tax Returns, Company Credit Reports and Business and Legal Documents. As the name suggests they believe in keeping things simple, which is how they have successfully formed over 250,000 companies.