Entry deadline extended for Startups Awards 2014

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Up-and-coming companies across the country have been given one last chance to enter Startups Awards 2014 after the deadline was extended to Friday 26 September.

Sponsored by Simply Business and organised by Startups.co.uk, the number one website for start-ups and small businesses, the 11th Startups Awards are shaping up to be the most exciting in recent memory.

Now, following overwhelming demand, UK companies that have been trading for three years or less have been given two extra weeks to apply; with winners announced at a prestigious ceremony at Kensington Roof Gardens, London, on the afternoon of Thursday 27 November, 2014.

David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, said: “The quality of entries so far has been very high, and due to high demand we have decided to extend the deadline to give everyone a chance to enter. If you are proud of what your business has achieved then take a look – there are a wide variety of categories and the recognition gained from just taking part, let alone winning, is so valuable.”

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.

Alongside such international success stories have been a plethora of small, but fantastic, businesses in categories for franchisees, freelancers and home-based businesses, and women who have balanced raising young children with starting their own companies.

Head of marketing & communications at Simply Business, Jasper Martens, said: “This is an awards ceremony that is one of the most eagerly-awaited in the calendar and which regularly provides some incredible stories of entrepreneurship. There is simply no better celebration of business achievement in the UK right now, and we have some of the country’s greatest business brains on our judging panel. I would advise companies to get their entries in as soon as possible.”

This year there are 15 awards on offer, with categories including Innovative Business of the Year, Service Business of the Yearand 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 recipient 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.

Twenty-one high-profile judges, including entrepreneurs, CEOs and managing directors of the country’s most successful companies, as well as media experts, will select the remaining winners.

To enter simply visit www.startupsawards.co.uk.