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Entries now open for awards celebrating Britain’s best new businesses

As sponsor of the Online Business of The Year, printed.com are proud to announce the ninth annual Startups Awards 2012 have launched and are now open for entries. To celebrate our sponsorship, printed.com have also announced they will be giving away 20 award entry packs.

Sponsored by NatWest and organised by Startups.co.uk, the UK’s biggest and most established independent resource dedicated to starting a business, the Awards recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for less than three years.

Previous winners at the Awards over the past eight years have included some of the UK’s fastest rising brands, such as Wonga.com, Naked Wines, BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £37.7m), BLOTTR and The Cambridge Satchel Company. 

Commenting on winning the Startups Home-based Business of the Year Award in 2011 Ella Gascoigne, Startups PR comments: “We’ve worked hard to build a PR agency with a difference and it was amazing to receive recognition for this from such high profile awards. Not only did it provide credibility for our current clients but also led to enquiries from dozens of new clients”.

The organisers are delighted to have NatWest on board as the headline sponsor for the fifth  year since the awards were created and also welcome category sponsors; printed.com (Online Business of The Year), The Made Simple Group (Young Start-up of the Year) and Simply Business (Freelance Start-up of the Year).

Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragons’ Den fame, will sit on the judging panel with a number of other highly successful entrepreneurs and business experts including Kate Russell,  reporter and journalist for BBC Click and Julie Deane, co-founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, winner of the NatWest Startups Business of the Year award last year.

There are thirteen awards up for grabs this year, including two new categories; Trade Business of the Year and Freelance Business of the Year as well as Online Business of the Year, Innovative Business of the Year and the overall NatWest Startups Business of the Year, the winner of which is selected from the winners of the other categories.

Free entry for printed.com customers

As a key sponsor, printed.com have 20 complimentary entries available (Normal entry price £45 + vat). Simply email Ashleigh@printed.com for your free entry pack. The deadline for entries is 14 September 2012. Visit www.startupsawards.co.uk for more information.

 

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