O2 X Awards 2009
O2 today announces the launch of the 2009 O2 X Awards, the search for the best of British entrepreneurs and small businesses. Now in their sixth year, the awards are looking for something extra special in the new generation of small businesses who are making an impact in an increasingly competitive market-place and challenging economic climate. The O2 X Awards are now open for entry and entrants have until 1st August to apply.
This year, O2 is searching for the Male and Female Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as a new category for 2009, the O2 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year, to recognise emerging talent within the sector. The most original and innovative businesses in each category will receive a winners’ package of £5,000 as well as mentoring from a business expert and marketing support.
O2 X Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Rewarding the best in the business, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year will be someone who can demonstrate innovation and excellence in the small business world. Nicky Kinnaird, founder of international beauty brand Space NK, will be guest judge for this category, looking for a female business woman ready to set the business world alight
O2 X Male Entrepreneur of the Year
This category is looking for a businessman who has started out on his own and built his business into a success story. The overall winner will be someone who can demonstrate innovation and best practice in running their business
O2 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 25)
Under 25 and already a business success story? O2 wants to hear from you! As recognition of the ever-increasing young talent in the business world, this new category will reward an exciting upcoming talent.
As part of this year’s O2 X Awards, O2 is running a series of small business networking events at O2 Academy venues across the country. The regional events will offer the opportunity to not only find out more about the O2 X Awards and what they can do for your business, but also a chance to hear from a panel of small business experts including last year’s O2 X Award winners and the opportunity to network with other small businesses in the area.
The six evening events will take place at O2 Academy venues as follows:
- Glasgow – Thursday 11 June 2009
- Newcastle – Thursday 18 June 2009
- London – Tuesday 23 June 2009
- Liverpool – Wednesday 1 July 2009
- Bristol – Thursday 9 July 2009
- Birmingham – Monday 13th July 2009
- To register for the place at the events go to: www.o2.co.uk/xawards
Simon Devonshire, Head of small business marketing at O2, commented:
"The O2 X Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work of talented and inspirational small businesses in the UK today. The current economic climate has presented new challenges to overcome in terms of running a small business and more than ever having confidence in your business is essential. An award win is a great way to boost business confidence and O2 X Awards is a great platform to reward the UK’s best entrepreneurs. Previous winners of the O2 X Awards have gone onto achieve great things and used their O2 X Award win as a springboard to successfully grow their business."
Finalists in all categories will be chosen from a regional shortlist before advancing to the O2 X Awards National Final in London in October 2009.
Eligible businesses with 1-50 employees can enter any of the four categories in the following regions:
- South West & Wales
- North East (Newcastle)
- North West (Manchester)
- East (Cambridge)
- South East (Brighton)
- Central (Birmingham)
- Scotland (Edinburgh)
Regional finalists will then be invited to attend the national finals for the O2 X Awards in London in October 2009.