Home-business Awards Deadline Approaching

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Home–business owners have until 15 August to enter the 2008 Home Business Awards for the chance to win a ‘virtual’ personal assistant for a year.

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The awards, organised by home–business website Enterprise Nation, are free to enter and open to any UK business run from home, whatever its sector or size. Around a third of the UK’s four million small businesses are thought to be home–based.

In addition to crowning the home business of the year, the awards will recognise success in three other categories:

  • home business couple of the year
  • home office of the year
  • young home business owner of the year.

Businesses are free to enter any or all of the awards. The overall winner will walk away with a year’s free use of Moneypenny’s off–site call–answering and personal assistant service, a printer and materials worth £1,000, accounting software, a coffee machine and free access to a private members’ club. Prizes in other categories include a two–night stay at a Cotswolds hotel.

Judges include Home Enterprise founder Emma Jones and Tracy Vegro, the director of enterprise strategy at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Last year’s Home Business of the Year was Tots to Travel, which organises family–friendly holidays in France and Italy. Its founder, Wendy Shand, went on to be profiled in The Sunday Times, among many other publications.

“That shows that winning the award can really be a springboard to profile and business success,” said Emma Jones.

“When Wendy entered the awards her business was called Tots to France and now it’s Tots to Travel, and she organises holidays to other countries, too. Winning the award creates contacts, leads and new business opportunities – it gives you the confidence to see your business vision through and grow your business.”

Award winners will be announced on 1 September.

Enter the awards at the Enterprise Nation website

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