Startups Awards agrees three-year Simply Business partnership

Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance broker, extends its headline sponsorship of the longest established national awards for new businesses

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The Startups Awards’ headline sponsor for the next three years will be Simply Business, after the UK’s largest business insurance broker decided to extend its support of the scheme.

Simply Business has more than 250,000 small business customers and provides the most suitable, tailored quotes from the nation’s most trusted insurance providers.

Head of marketing & communications at Simply Business Jasper Martens, said the company was “bowled over by the talent, prospective success and raw energy of the businesses that make the shortlist”, when it awarded ‘going out app’ YPlan with the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year title in December last year.

He continued: “From the next-generation marketing platforms to innovative swimming class franchises and flexible working solutions, the products and services entered each year give us enormous pride in our sponsorship, and enthusiasm for the years to come.

Having been part of the Startups Awards for “a good few years now”, Martens added that “there is simply no better celebration of business achievement in the UK right now and we’re more proud than ever to be a part of it – here’s to another 10 years of exciting beginnings.”

David Lester, the serial entrepreneur and founder of, expressed his delight about the deal. “Having sponsored our 10th anniversary event last year, we are very much looking forward to making the Startups Awards bigger and better alongside Simply Business in the next three years.”

The awards will take place on November 27, 2014, in the stunning setting of the Kensington Roof Gardens.

New businesses will compete for one or more of 13 categories, as well as the overall title of the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year and the People’s Champion award, voted for by readers.

The categories in full are:

  • Tech Business of the Year
  • Product Business of the Year
  • Service Business of the Year
  • Innovative Business of the Year
  • Crowdfunded Business of the Year
  • Venture Funded Business of the Year
  • Home-based Business of the Year
  • Franchisee of the Year
  • Mumpreneur of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Women in Business Award
  • Restaurant Business of the Year
  • Independent Shop of the Year

You can register your interest in entering the 2014 Startups Awards or watch last year’s highlights video today.

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