Now entering its 13th year, the National Business Awards has established itself as a major fixture on the UK’s business calendar. Designed not only to celebrate enterprise excellence and highlight the work of fledgling businesses, the awards also seek to encourage promising start-ups through a year-round thought leadership programme. The thing that makes the NBA event so special is that it’s truly open to anyone – any company within the UK, whether public, private or third sector, can enter the National Business Awards, regardless of size or industry.
This year, VoIP communications specialist Vonage has lent its support, joining the likes of Blackberry, Santander and the Daily Telegraph in sponsoring an award at the annual business event. The Duke of Edinburgh New Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates the potential that exists within leaders of the UK’s most promising start-ups.
The award will focus on how start-ups have performed within the first 18 months of trading, how initial targets and KPIs have been exceeded, as well as looking at companies’ vision for growth. Vonage managing director Simon Burckhardt will be on the judging panel, alongside Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, Guy Rigby of Smith & Williamson, and Michael Hayman MBE, co-founder of Seven Hills.
It’s a particularly apt award category for Vonage to support. As a VoIP business specialist, the company already helps small businesses around the globe keep communication costs to a minimum. Giving a boost to home businesses through its affordable communications products like home business landlines and inclusive international mobile plans, it also lends a hand to start-ups via its helpful business blog. Sponsoring the Duke of Edinburgh Award is sure to bring the firm wider recognition for its own services among the 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media reps in attendance.
The five Duke of Edinburgh Award finalists at this year’s event are:
- Emma Cerrone of tech education company Free:Formers
- Alistair Smit of renewable energies start-up The Magic Thermodynamic Box
- Ben Weaver of digital publishing firm Outlook Publishing Ltd
- Kathryn Birch of translation services specialist Translive Global
- Jay Radia of e-commerce tech firm Yieldify
The winner will be announced at the National Business Awards Final, which will take place on 11 November 2014 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.