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Award scheme for small businesses launched
5:54pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
AN award scheme aimed at raising the profile of small businesses across Devon has been launched.
The FSB Streamline UK Business Awards allows businesses to nominate themselves in four categories; business innovation, online business of the year, micro business of the year, and young entrepreneur of the year.
Four businesses (one for each category) will be selected by a panel of independent judges to go through to the national final, which will be held next April. One of the four finalists will also be selected as winner and receive a cash prize of £500.
The Devon winner along with the three remaining category finalists will automatically be entered into the national final for their category, with £4,500 up for grabs for each national category winner. The judges will then select one overall business as winner of the FSB Streamline UK Business of the Year Award.
The winner of this award will receive an additional £5,000, and a business consultancy package worth a further £5,000 to help them to grow their business. The business innovation and online business of the year awards are open to businesses employing 250 people or less, while the micro business of the year award is open to any business that employs 10 employees or less.
The young entrepreneur of the year award is open to anyone aged 30 or under as of December 31, 2012. Full details of the entry criteria and how to enter are available at http://www.fsbstreamlineawards.co.uk/ The closing date for entries is December 31, 2012. The awards have been designed by the FSB and Streamline to highlight the crucial role small businesses are playing in kick-starting and supporting the UK economy.
David Shephard, FSB Devon regional chairman, said: “As with everything that we do, these awards are designed to promote the interests of small businesses and entrepreneurs all over the UK. We are really looking forward to using this awards programme as an opportunity to identify and engage with some of the most innovative and successful small business in the UK”.