LONDON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
*Entries now open until 27th June 2012*
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The National Business Awards in partnership with Orange has today announced the extension of the entries deadline to Wednesday 27th June 2012, giving UK businesses an additional two weeks to perfect their submissions.
Now is the last chance to take part in Britain's most prestigious business awards. The most respected accolade for business in the UK, the National Business Awards are based on the core principles of recognising business excellence, innovation and ethics across the full spectrum of private, public and third sector enterprises.
Organisations from all regions across the UK, from SMEs to FTSE 100s, are invited to register for award categories ranging from the Orange Innovation Award (won in 2011 by Harvard Engineering), to the Sustainability Award (won in 2011 by InterfaceFLOR), through to Entrepreneur of the Year (won by Paul Lindley, Founder of Ella's Kitchen in 2011) and Online Business of the Year (won by Naked Wines in 2011).
Paul Lindley of Ella's Kitchen said: "It was a great honour to win a National Business Award and a fantastic opportunity for us to shout about our work and achievements at Ella's Kitchen. It was a great way to help motivate our staff, and inspire us to do even better, through creating a competitive edge with a clear reward."
Rowan Gormley of Naked Wines said: "Winning was like sitting in a rocket after the blue touch paper got lit. Partners who turned their noses up at us started calling us. Suppliers who wanted cash up front accepted normal credit terms. Visitor numbers jumped double digits. And my mum finally thinks I done good!"
The Awards have distinguished themselves by the quality of businesses taking part and the robust judging process. Led by Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone as Chair of Judges, nearly 100 multi discipline CEOs and senior directors participate as judges, bringing their expertise and insight to the three-tier judging process.
Finalists will be announced in August and winners will be revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Tuesday 13th November. To enter or nominate for this year's campaign visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk or call 0207 234 8755.
The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.
Awards categories 2012
Categories open to enter:
- The Orange Innovation Award
- The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
- The ICAEW Sustainability Award
- The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
- The Huawei Customer Focus Award
- The Croner Employer of the Year
- Transformational Change of the Year
- Start-up Business of the Year
- Small Online Business of the Year
- E-commerce Strategy of the Year
- Business Enabler of the Year
- The Entrepreneur of the Year
Categories run by nomination only:
- The Orange Leader of the Year
- The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
- The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
- The Leadership Diversity Award
- Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.
About Orange UK
Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates.
In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.
On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK's biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.
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