Are you the UK’s most exciting new business?

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A great way to secure media coverage and attract the right attention, is by winning awards. Not only do you have the kudos of being an ‘award-winner’ but you can also use your win to secure local and trade media coverage.

When I started out in PR I would often work on client award submissions with companies such as Epson and Hewlett-Packard being top of the list.

Today there are a plethora of awards business can enter and I wanted to let you know that the Startups Awards are now open for entries.

The awards are open to all independently owned UK businesses that started after 1st August 2012 and you can open until Friday 16th September 2016.

This is the 13th year of the Startups Awards and previous winners include Notonthehighstreet.com, Ella’s Kitchen, The Cambridge Satchel Company and Purplebricks, all of whom are now household names.

The categories are:

  • Sage Startups Business of the Year
  • App of the Year
  • Crowdfunded Business of the Year
  • Export Business of the Year
  • Franchisee of the Year
  • Innovative Business of the Year
  • Lean Start-up of the Year
  • Product Business of the Year
  • Retail Business of the Year
  • Service Business of the Year
  • Tech Business of the Year
  • Venture Funded Business of the Year
  • Women in Business Award
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The final category is the People’s Champion Award and for this 50 start-ups will be selected by the judging panel and then put to the public vote.

This year the judges include Cath Kidston MBE, Emma Sinclair MBE and the co-founders of Innocent Drinks, LOVEFiLM and Secret Escapes. Yes, this might seem like a daunting panel but they all started from where you are today and are looking for businesses with potential that can demonstrate revenue growth, profitability as well as new business wins.

Maybe you have started a new photography business that’s really taken off, you have turned a hobby into a profession or you know a real go-getter who is showing all the signs of being a true entrepreneur?

Whatever it is, take a look at the website and see if there is an award that fits the bill.

Natalie

Write Like a Pro !

Even the best writers had to start somewhere when it came to putting pen to pen, or finger to key.

If you are struggling with getting your words down on paper, here are some great tips to get you motivated.

Do it; write and write everyday.

Keep a notebook handy at all times so you can write down your ideas wherever you are.

Proofread everything at least three times before submitting it to your manager or pressing publish.

Start a blog and write it as often as you can.

Create a space in your office, and diary, that is just for writing.

Create a list of what needs to be written and a deadline and stick to it.

Make the time to write your blog posts, press releases, newsletters and features.

If you don’t have time, or want an expert, CALL ME on 07825 615303.

Don’t forget, you have 60 seconds to make the right impression and I can make you succeed every time.

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