Final call for entries: Business Heroes prepares for take-off

There's still time to demonstrate your company's superpowers: our small business competition now closes on January 11th.

by Hannah Prevett
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013
As a new year begins – one that's likely to be tough across the board – UK plc will again be looking to the small business community to power us out of the economic doldrums. At MT, we want to champion the firms that continue to thrive in hard times - which is why we launched our Business Heroes competition, in conjunction with Cisco. And just because we want to make sure we attract the cream of the crop – and because we know you’ve all been busy over the festive period – we’ve decided to extend the deadline to 11th January. Consider it a late Christmas present...

And on the subject of announcements, we’re proud to reveal the three entrepreneurs who'll be joining MT and David Critchley, director of Cisco’s UK SME and commercial division, on the judging panel. First up is Michelle Dewberry, Lord Sugar’s first ever female Apprentice; after working with Sugar for 10 months, she now runs her own start-up, The Daily Chic. Our second judge is Doug Richard, who is no stranger to judging entrepreneurs and business plans, having featured in the first two series of Dragons’ Den. Still an active angel investor, Doug has just launched, and he's also the founder of School for Startups. Last, but by no means least, is David Hathiramani, co-founder of online suit retailer A Suit That Fits. Hathiramani is no stranger to awards ceremonies himself: his business has scooped gong after gong in recent years.

Now, we're sure you know the drill by now. But for anyone who wasn’t diligently reading their MT bulletins towards the end of last year (tut tut), we’re looking for nominations in six categories. New Kid on the Block is for start-ups that have made a splash in the two years or less that they’ve been operating. Borderless Business covers firms whose efforts in overseas markets are bearing fruit. Technovator is for companies that have made clever use of technology to transform their business. Then there's Green King, for companies that are doing sustainability with a difference. Mumpreneur recognises those inspirational women who are successfully juggling family life with running a business. And the final category is True Grit - designed for businesses that have truly triumphed in the face of adversity.

Entering couldn’t be easier. For more information, and to fill out the short application form, visit the Business Heroes competition website. Entries will close at 5pm sharp on January 11, 2011, so get cracking. Good luck...


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