Last Call for Best UK Start-ups to be Recognised

The most successful new businesses have just one week left to enter the 2011 Startups Awards, which celebrate innovative new firms across the UK.

To enter, businesses must be privately owned and less than three years old. Applicants must be able to demonstrate what is unique about their business and show evidence of their achievements ? such as revenue levels.

They should also include details of how their working practices have contributed to their success, such as through the use of innovative technology or good people management. The deadline for entries to the awards is 7 October.

In total, 14 award categories are available for entry, including Online Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, Franchisee of the Year, Product Business of the Year and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award — which recognises high-achieving business owners under 30. An overall winner will then be selected to receive the Startups Business of the Year award.

Winners will receive a package of national and regional press coverage, as well as the opportunity to have their business assessed by an expert panel of judges.

Last year’s winner of the Innovative Business award was garden development business DIG it Projects. The award judges said they were impressed with the firm’s innovative solution to teaching children about the origins of food. Offering schools their very own “growing area”, the service also encourages participants to run their patches as mini enterprises, while the company’s online portal allows for easy tracking and sharing of success.

Entry to the awards costs £45 per application.

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