eBay extends deadline for Business Awards and announces panel of judges

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With over 1,000 entries submitted already, eBay UK has upped the ante for its Business Awards by extending the deadline for entries to the 30th of August. The third annual awards programme aims to showcase the best of the 200,000 small businesses that make up the eBay marketplace and now businesses have more time to get their entries in.

In the last year there has been an 18% increase in businesses that have made £1 million on eBay in the UK. However, businesses needn’t be turning over millions to impress this year’s judges. The panel is also looking for businesses with unique and inspiring stories that set them apart.

The newly announced 2019 judging line-up includes eBay leadership and industry experts, as well as charity partner Tara Leathers of The Prince’s Trust and past winners Jade Oliver and Tom Schott.

Rob Hattrell, vice president of eBay UK, said: “There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses at the heart of eBay and we want to recognise as many as possible through this year’s eBay for Business Awards. To provide as much time as possible for our incredible sellers to enter, we have extended the submission deadline to the end of August. We also feel that having such an esteemed panel of judges pays homage to our incredible sellers and we hope that the awards will be a celebration of fantastic entrepreneurs.”

The judges include:

Elaine Edwards, Families and Babies:

Having struggled to find support as a new mum, Elaine set up family support service Families and Babies in 2002. Six years later, she decided to convert the non-profit organisation to charity status to begin fundraising to help families across the UK. By selling through eBay for Charity, the business has raised £15,000 in donations to date. Elaine will add significant value to the panel having won The Charity Award and The Grand Prize last year.

Rob Hattrell, vice president at eBay UK:

Both of Rob’s grandfathers were entrepreneurs and enabling entrepreneurship and shining a light on 200,000 UK small businesses at the heart of eBay is one of Rob’s main priorities as head of the UK organisation. He’s passionate about celebrating the success and ambition of the sellers.

Murray Lambell, vice president of trading at eBay UK:

Murray uses his decade of experience with eBay buyers and sellers, across multiple markets, to unlock opportunities for businesses to trade. Murray’s insight on how sellers keep up with the ever-changing needs of consumers will be invaluable on the panel.

Tara Leathers, The Prince’s Trust:

Tara has worked at The Prince’s Trust since 2005, first as a volunteer and then in the Corporate Partnerships team. She returned to The Prince’s Trust as Director of Fundraising in 2013 having spent two years in Mumbai working as India Development Director for Human Rights Watch. Tara’s expertise will shine through in this year’s new eBay for Charity category.

Jade Oliver, Heavenly Homes and Gardens:

Crowned Career Change Award winner at the eBay for Business Awards 2018, Jade started the business as a way of making some extra money while training to be a solicitor. As the business grew and grew, Jade committed herself to being a full-time eBay-er. With a turnover of £100,000 a year, she now sells 2,500 lines of homewares to customers including fashion designers and film production sets such as Games of Thrones and The Crown.

Tom Schott, Schott Packaging:

eBay millionaire and winner of The Growth Engine Award at the eBay for Business Awards 2018, Tom’s business started as a small family run removal company located in the North East of England. His entrepreneurial ambition led him to go online and the business now sells a wide range of packaging materials to both consumer and business customers all over the world with a turnover of more than £1 million a year.