Contrary to what some in the media would lead you to believe, the economy and its’ recovery does not revolve around the large corporates and the multinationals but instead with the smaller businesses - the retailers, the craftsmen and the startups. It’s refreshing then when these people and their businesses get the recognition that they truly deserve and that is the underlying aim of the recently launched FSB Streamline Awards.
The awards are open to businesses throughout the UK from any market sector and there are 4 distinct categories for businesses to enter: Young Entrepreneur This category is open to any UK business where the lead Director is under 30 years old and which has delivered real business success during 2011 and 2012. The winning business will be the one deemed to have had the most impressive success and track record in that time period. Micro Business Small privately owned UK businesses employing less than 10 people are eligible to enter in this category. Again, business performance during 2011 and 2012 is what matters and the award will be given to the business whose performance during this time led to it ‘standing out from the crowd.’ Online Business If the majority of your business is done via an online channel, this category is for you. All entrants must be able to demonstrate how their performance in 2011 and 2012 has made them ‘stand head and shoulders above the rest’. Business Innovation If you employ less than 250 people in a business which has innovated during 2011 and 2012 either in terms of new product or system development or whatever, you are eligible to enter this category. The award will be given to the entrant whose innovation has had the biggest impact on its’ success.
There are cash prizes of up to £10000 available for the winners as well as a whole host of publicity, marketing and promotion opportunities. Interested? Enter your business now via the Awards site. All entries must be in by 31 December 2012.