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 10 BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED AS FINALISTS FOR THE DUKE OF YORK NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

-Finalists announced for 2015 National Business Awards-

-Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for shortlist-

 

Over 140 of Britain’s leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have today been revealed as finalists for the 2015 National Business Awards, including 10 companies shortlisted for the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

 

The finalists for this award are:

Angela Wilson, Angela’s Swim School

Chris Underwood, Choosic

Pletko Plachkov, Commuter Club

Solveiga Pakštaitė, Design By Sol Ltd.

Simon Brown, ForrestBrown Limited

Avin Rabheru, HouseKeep

Sarah Bale, Kernow Ed Ltd.

Elizabeth Eagle-Simbeye, Kitsch Media Group

Joe Carnell, UGOT UK

Cassandra Harris, Venturespring

 

Focusing on the market opportunity identified, the model to capitalise on it, and how it has been executed within the first 18 months of trading, judges will look at how initial targets and KPI’s have been exceeded, the vision for growth, and the founder’s understanding of key challenges, customers and the competitive landscape.

 

Sarah Bale, Director of Kernow Ed Ltd, one of the shortlisted companies in this category , has said: “Kernow Ed are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted, It has made all the hard work worth it, we are looking forward to have the chance to inspire other entrepreneurs to have a go, take the plunge get into business, it can be done, Thank you NBA.”

 

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. They will now prepare for live presentations to expert juries who will decide the overall winners that will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 10 November.

This year’s finalists represent award categories such as The Grichan Partnerships Sustainable Business Award, The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award and the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year Award.

 

Avin Rabheru, CEO & Founder of Housekeep, another of this categories’ finalists has said: "It's been an exciting first 18 months here at Housekeep, growing from launch to thousands of customers, and we're pleased to see this progress reflected in our nomination for this award. We're looking forward to scaling even more quickly in the next 18 months."​

An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a coveted National Business Award.  The scale of the finalists is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people.

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “To recognise and reward some of the leaders of the UK’s newest, up and coming businesses is an essential category at the National Business Awards. Limiting entrants to those that have been trading for no more than 18 months ensures we are catching the most recent businesses in the UK.

 

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 10 November 2015.

 

NextGen’s Digital Challenge Awards shortlist includes Genesis Technical Systems for its mBond®solution for Urban Networks

 

Pioneering copper technology mBond® is recognised for delivering superfast broadband speeds for WarwickNet’s business customers

Genesis Technical Systems is today celebrating, as the company’s revolutionary copper bonding solution mBond®has been shortlisted by the NextGen Digital Challenge Awards. The company was chosen for its ground-breaking trial project with WarwickNet and its customer SMT Developments.The NextGen Digital Challenge Awards are held annually to celebrate innovation, success and leadership in the UK’s digitally transformed economy. The winners will be announced at the prestigious NextGen Awards Dinner at the House of Lords on 5 November 2015.

 

Genesis Technical Systems’ trial earlier this year with service provider WarwickNet achieved outstanding results, dramatically enhancing upload and download speeds for a business enterprise customer in Warwick. In the six-month trial WarwickNet used mBond to enhance its existing network and bring higher bandwidth to trial partner SMT Developments, enabling them to boost their productivity, saving them time and money.

 

mBond is a unique bonding solution designed for fixed and mobile networks and allows operators to increase their copper backhaul bandwidth by up to a factor of ten. It provides an extremely cost-effective alternative to fibre and microwave, so that fixed and mobile operators can realise faster, better returns on their investment.

 

WarwickNet CEO Ben King said: “Our mBond trial was very successful and we were able to measure the marked difference in performance of our network using the Genesis solution. We see a great future in being able to use the copper infrastructure we already have in place and yet deliver fibre-like high bandwidth services to our customers.”

 

The second partner in the trial was electronics subcontract manufacturing company, SMT Developments, an existing WarwickNet customer. Before the trial SMT developments was achieving download speeds of between 0.5 Mb/s and 6 Mb/s on a single pair. Today, with mBond installed in the cabinet and customer premises, the company can reach download speeds of 94 Mb/s and upload speeds of 84 Mb/s, with further significant enhancement in higher bandwidths available if the 100 Mb/s cap is removed, when demand allows.

 

John Rowley, Operations Director, SMT Developments, said: “The significantly improved broadband speeds we were able to achieve with WarwickNet and Genesis have helped us to boost our productivity.The trial has been a great success.”

 

mBond has been tested globally with a variety of different operators and service providers for both mobile and fixed networks. Similar results were also demonstrated in Asia Pacific lab trials, showing continued success for the solution and its capabilities.

 

“We are very proud of what we are achieving with mBond,” said Stephen Cooke, President and CTO, Genesis Technical Systems. “Being shortlisted for this award is further proof of the importance of finding ways to protect investment and increase revenue for operators who are seeking to respond to the growing demand for bandwidth by using their existing infrastructure assets. We believe we have a winning solution and look forward to the judges’ final decision in November!”

 

Find out what John Rowley, SMT Developments’ Operations Director, said about mBond here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymfjXiwMdx0.

 

Investors pleased with improvement in Kingfisher trading

                                           

·         DIY retailer’s Q2 like-for-like sales up 3.5%

·         Kingfisher’s French and UK outlets continue to improve

·         The Share Centre prefers Booker in the sector

As Kingfisher provides a trading update this morning Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains what it means for investors.

 

“This morning, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher reported a healthy improvement in trading in its second quarter. Like-for-like sales were up 3.5%, compared to 0.8% in the first quarter. In the UK, B&Q also continued to perform well with its like-for-like sales up 3.4%, whilst Screwfix saw its sales rise 16.7%. The group said it is on track to have opened a further 11 Screwfix outlets in the second quarter.

 

“The biggest improvement was in France where seasonal sales of Kingfisher’s DIY retail group Castorama rose 8.3%. Trading at Brico Depot remains subdued with sales rising just 0.7% due to a soft housebuilding market. Sales in other international markets also showed some good improvement, with Poland registering like-for-like growth of 16.5%. Kingfisher has also made a start on the new chief executive’s plan to unify the various businesses by starting a pilot of a new IT system in Ireland. 

 

“These good figures from Kingfisher were welcomed by the market although investors should note that the comparable figures from last year are a little kinder than those for the first quarter. We are maintaining our ‘hold’ recommendation on the shares, due to the good level of cash flow and the potential of the new strategy. We do however prefer Booker in the sector due to the proven track record of its management and the growth potential of its recent acquisitions.”

 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SMITH & WILLIAMSON ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

Finalists announced for 2015 National Business Awards

 

Over 140 of Britain’s leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have been revealed as finalists for the 2015 National Business Awards, including outstanding individuals from ten businesses who have been shortlisted for the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year category.

 

Finalists for this award include entrepreneurial leaders from a pharmaceutical company, a firm of solicitors, a digital agency and a wholesale exporter among others, representing a wide range of businesses which have all beaten competition to excel within this category.

 

The finalists for the award are:

 

Gary and Carmen Lewis, A1 Pharmaceuticals Plc

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown

Sean Ramsden, Ramsden International

Daniel Robinson, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

Daniel Gilbert, Brainlabs Digital

Titus Sharpe, MVF

Crispin Moger, Marmalade

Danny Bluestone, Cyber-Duck

Andrew Yates, Artesian Solutions

Debra Charles, Novacroft

 

Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, this award recognises an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and financial performance through a culture of innovation, market knowledge and talent development.

 

Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurial Services at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group, commented: “This year’s entries were outstanding, creating real challenge for the UBM shortlisting panel. Selecting a winner from these finalists is going to be even more difficult!”

 

Hundreds of businesses entered or were nominated for a chance to be shortlisted for a National Business Award, before those entries were narrowed down to the finalists. They will now make live presentations to a multi-disciplinary panel of judges who will decide the overall winner for each accolade, to be announced at the National Business Awards ceremony on 10 November.

 

This year’s finalists represent award categories such as The Grichan Partnerships Sustainable Business Award, The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award and the Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year Award.

 

 An all encompassing range of industries are represented in the shortlists for this year’s awards, with companies from recruitment and kids clothing all the way to pet food and online marketing being selected for the chance to win a National Business Award. The scale of the finalists is just as varied, whether the company is turning over under a million pounds or over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people, their success is being recognised by being shortlisted for this year’s awards.

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: “This shortlist is a selection of highly impressive business figures that have demonstrated a keen entrepreneurial mind over the past year and have consequentially helped further progress their businesses both financially and in terms of scale.”

 

 

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 10 November 2015.

 

SYNDICATEROOM MADE FINALIST FOR LLOYDS BANK NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS AND GROWTH INVESTOR AWARDS

 

 SyndicateRoom has been made a finalist in both the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards and the 2015 Growth Investor Awards.

 The equity crowdfunding platform will compete in the ‘New Business of the Year’ category at the National Business Awards on November 10th at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. SyndicateRoom is further recognised in the ‘Best Investment Platform’ and ‘Industry Game Changer’ categories at the Growth Investor Awards, to be held on October 22nd at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

 

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos, CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom, said: ‘Having SyndicateRoom shortlisted for several prestigious awards is a huge honour. It’s recognition that our mission – to give online investors fair and transparent access to the deals the professionals are investing in – is resonating through the UK investment community. As a high-growth FinTech company in a disruptive industry, we are proud to be helping investors and entrepreneurs alike, supporting many other innovative businesses throughout the UK.’

 

The Growth Investor Awards recognises ‘impact beyond investment in the UK SME fund management industry’. The National Business Awards encompasses a range of industries, with companies from recruitment and children’s clothing, to pet food and online marketing. The scale is just as varied, with companies turning over less than a million pounds to over £25 million, employing 20 people or over 70,000 people. Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. The full list of categories and finalists can be found here: www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk

 

Tom Broughton, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: ‘The quality and range of this year’s entries exceed even those of last year, which is no mean feat. The draw of being involved with the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards has seen companies from all kinds of industries submit applications, which have been narrowed down using our thorough and comprehensive scoring system. We are now looking forward to the next step in the judging process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.’

 

Of the National Business Awards entrants, Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘The National Business Awards are really important. Britain is in a global race to succeed right now and it is people like you who help make sure that Britain doesn't just compete in this global race, but really thrives in it.’

 

The Growth Investor Awards recognises thirty five industry-leading businesses and individuals over twelve categories. The ‘Best Investment Platform’ category seeks ‘equity crowdfunding and investment aggregation sites with the best user experience and product innovation’. This award has been organised by Intelligent Partnership (IP), the UK’s leading provider of research and education in alternative investments, and supported by partners including the UKCFA, BVCA and EISA. The full list of categories and finalists can be found here: www.growthinvestorawards.com

 

 

Daniel Kiernan, Research Director of Intelligent Partnership, who headed up the Growth Investor Awards shortlist, commented: ‘The judging criteria for the Growth Investor Awards was designed in consultation with the industry to ensure it is truly reflective of what is driving improvement and innovation. It’s great to see such a high standard of entries in the inaugural year of these awards and fascinating to see how finalists are adding value while enabling growth. The shortlist has demonstrated that there is real innovation and impact in this industry.’

 

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