Finalists in National Business Awards 2011 announced


Finalists of the National Business Awards 2011 have been announced today. 

More than 150 of Britain’s most innovative and sustainable public and private sector businesses have been shortlisted in the awards, organised in partnership with Orange. 

Among the finalists are Debenhams, JD Wetherspoon,, BSkyB,  Majestic Wine and Supergroup, Ovo Energy, Feather and Black, ShortList Media and HeartSine Technologies. 

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, chair of judges, the National Business Awards, said: “The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance. Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise.”

The Awards include a category for the best online business, sponsored by WorldPay.

Announcing finalists in this category, Gabriel Hopkins, head of e-commerce products at WorldPay, said: “The Online Business of the Year award provides welcome recognition for some of the UK’s leading online retailers, highlighting that organisations of all sizes and across all sectors are continuing to thrive, despite difficult economic times. 

“In the fast and ever-evolving worlds of e-commerce and m-commerce, it is essential businesses continually strive to improve customer experience, while offering simple and secure ways to both pay and interact online. 

“The finalists in this category demonstrated true innovation and flexibility, showing an eagerness to adapt and diversify to meet the ever changing needs and demands of their customer base. 

“At WorldPay, we work closely with our customers to ensure they are optimising the various channels and payment options available to them, continually improving their own customers’ experiences, while driving up revenues. We would like to congratulate all of this year’s finalists, who are truly leading the way in online retailing.” 

The 2011 WorldPay Online Business of the Year finalists are:

Chemist Direct, London, Birmingham

Door-Stop, Wotton-Under-Edge

Entertainment Magpie, Macclesfield

Feather and Black, London

Global Personals, Windsor     

LOVEFiLM, London

Lovehoney, Bath

Naked Wines, Norwich·         

Quidco, London 

Finalists will now prepare to make their presentations in person before an independent, expert judging panel in September and October 2011 at the offices of Coutts & Co.

The judges are:

·         Gabriel Hopkins, head of e-commerce products, WorldPay

·         Rob Hawthorn, managing director client service, Barclays Corporate

·         Kevin Riches, principal, Carteme

·       Keith Tilley, EVP & MD, SunGard Availability Services (UK)