Gumtree UK confirms judging panel for its Small Business Blast Off Competition

Gumtree has confirmed the judging panel for its Small Business Blast Off Competition.

The competition, which has a top prize of £10k cash for a lucky winner, plus a host of other business boosters supplied by partners Tide, O2 Business, SumUp and, will be judged by:

  • Hannah Rouch, Chief Marketing Officer, Gumtree;
  • Stephen Badu, Head of Property and Services, Gumtree;
  • Laurence Krieger, Chief Executive Officer – UK, Tide;
  • Kate Mulligan-Brown, Director of SMB Marketing, O2 Business.

The judges from Gumtree, Tide and O2 Business will be joined by senior industry figures:

  • Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National Hair & Beauty Federation;
  • Craig Beaumont, Chief of External Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses;
  • Richard Burton, Managing Editor, SME Magazine
  • Philip Salter, Founder, The Entrepreneurs Network, and;
  • Claire Dunn, Head of Partnerships, The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

Joining the Judging Panel:

Richard Lambert, chief executive officer, National Hair & Beauty Federation

Richard Lambert is Chief Executive of the National Hair and Beauty Federation.  He was previously Chief Executive of the National Landlords Association, and before that, of the British Woodworking Federation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Association Leadership and the Royal Society of Arts and a former Chairman of the National Training Organisation, Housing Potential.

Craig Beaumont, chief of external affairs, Federation of Small Businesses

Craig Beaumont, Chief of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses. Craig leads FSB’s policy, public affairs, international and media/comms teams.  Craig was awarded the Francesca Kemp award in 2019 for contribution to the UK small business community.

Richard Burton, managing editor, SME Magazine

Richard Burton is Managing Editor of SME Magazine. A former Fleet Street journalist with the Sunday Mirror and Daily Telegraph where he was digital editor. He’s had a series of management roles, including a directorship, in magazines and book publishing and currently lectures in Business Communications at Masters level at the University of Buckingham.

Philip Salter, founder, The Entrepreneurs Network

Philip Salter founded The Entrepreneurs Network in 2014 to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and policymakers, with the aim of making Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business. It has a network of over 10,000 entrepreneurs and is the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship. Philip was previously Business Features Editor of City A.M. where he wrote a weekly column on entrepreneurship and interviewed many of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs.

Clare Dunn – head of partnerships at CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)

Clare is a senior executive in sport and physical activity, currently Head of Partnerships for the sector’s only chartered institute. Clare’s work helps to support and empower the 500,000+ employees and 3m+ volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector, contributing to CIMSPA’s vision of shaping a respected, regulated and recognised sector. 

Clare has been with CIMSPA since 2018 and was previously Customer Engagement Manager for RLSS UK (the Royal Life Saving Society) along with nine years working in the leisure sector.

Speaking of the judging panel, Hannah Rouch, chief marketing officer, Gumtree UK commented: “The judges who will be working with us to choose a competition winner are all incredible advocates for British entrepreneurialism. We’re delighted to have their support and expertise as we review the competition entries.”

The Gumtree Small Business Blast Off Competition closes this weekend (16th May 2021). The competition, which has a top prize of £10k cash plus a host of other business boosters supplied by partners Tide, O2 Business, SumUp and, launched in April and has seen entries from small businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK.

The competition celebrates the sole traders, entrepreneurs and SMEs across the country that have demonstrated resourcefulness, innovation and a commitment to their community, with prizes to help them hit the ground running as the country opens up again.

Rouch continued: “We have been so impressed with the calibre of entries that we have received to the competition so far. We asked business people to tell us how they coped with the challenges of the past few months, how they’ve been resourceful and agile and it’s humbling to see the work that people have put into their businesses to keep them going and get ready for the opportunities ahead. We can’t wait to receive the final entries this weekend and get the judging process underway.”

Laurence Krieger, Tide UK CEO, said: “Small businesses have faced huge challenges over the last year, and we at Tide have been inspired by the determination, grit and innovation shown by small business owners to adapt and keep their companies going. We are delighted to support this competition, to give a much-needed boost to these businesses, helping them to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”   

Entries must be received by 16 May 2021. Open only to businesses registered/established in England & Wales or Scotland, with max 15 employees and not in an excluded category. Business contact entering must be over 18. Max 1 entry per business. Prizes subject to winners successfully completing credit checking procedures (or other required checks), eligibility requirements and entering into separate terms and conditions for prizes. Full T&Cs apply.