Startups Awards entry deadline extended

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Due to the exceptional response by entrepreneurs to the inaugural Startups Awards, the deadline for entries has been extended to 30 July.

Small business owners now have nearly three weeks extra in which to submit their entries to the awards, which features 13 categories. has received plenty of high-quality entries in each of the categories, but there is still room for more small firms to enter and gain the chance of winning £5,000 by being crowned the Startups Business of the Year.

Patricia Hewitt, the trade and industry secretary, has urged entrepreneurs to enter, saying that the UK has some fabulous success stories of startups creating jobs, making new and exciting products and driving our economy.

“But too often we don’t celebrate the success of our best entrepreneurs as much as we should, which is why awards like these are so important. I wish all entrants the very best of luck both with the awards and with growing their businesses,” she said.

Marcus Austin, editor-in-chief of, also called on entrepreneurs to enter the awards.

“We are delighted with the entries we have received so far, but we are still looking for successful small businesses to take part in the awards.

“The Startups Awards offer a great opportunity for small businesses to gain recognition, as well as be rewarded for all their hard work. I would urge entrepreneurs who have not already entered the awards to consider putting their names forward,” he said.

To be considered for the awards, your company must meet these simple criteria:

  • Be less than 3 years old at the time of entry
  • Employ no more than 60 people
  • Businesses should be privately owned

To enter the awards, go to


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