Innovative Business of the Year 2008
The Best Of
Business description: Thebestof is a national network of business guides, championing the best local companies and services. The first internet-based franchise, and one of the fastest-growing UK franchises ever, the site promotes more than 65,000 small and medium-sized businesses and provides them with an optimised online presence that many might otherwise struggle to create and manage on their own.
Judges’ comments: The judges were impressed with the innovative approach to franchising online which led to this success, and with the ambition of the founder and management team: not content to just sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labours, the business is expanding rapidly into a completely separate sector.