Intuit on hunt to find West Midlands small business success stories

Local business "heroes" can win a £20,000 prize package which includes £10,000 cash, major advertising and access to expert mentoring

Local business owners in the West Midlands area are being offered the chance to win a £20,000 prize package to grow their company, with entries now open for Intuit QuickBooks’ Small Business Big Success competition.

Ran in conjunction with the Mail and Birmingham Post, the scheme intends to uncover “local business heroes” from butchers and builders to hairdressers and IT consultants.

One winning business will receive a prize worth £20,000 which includes £10,000 cash, print advertising in the Birmingham Post, LED advertising at the Aston Villa game on April 23, exclusive access to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, a free QuickBooks 12 month subscription and mentoring sessions with accountants, marketers and social media experts.

The competition follows recent research by Startups.co.uk which indicated that Birmingham is a hotspot for start-up entrepreneurs with the highest number of new start-ups recorded in 2015 of any major city outside of London.

To enter, business owners need to share their biggest success story and their plans to develop their business in 2016. The winner will be selected by a judging panel of entrepreneurs and business names including Intuit Europe director of finance Mike Williams and Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox.

Williams commented: “We’re looking to celebrate the everyday triumphs in starting, running and growing a business and support those looking to get to the next level. It’s not about finding the most profitable or fastest growing businesses.

“We’re looking to uncover genuine success stories – from delighting customers and exceeding targets to expanding the team or closing a significant deal – whatever has been the achievement they’re most proud of.”

Entries for the competition close on Monday 29 February, to enter click here.

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