Celebrating the people behind British small businesses

Are you one of Britain’s GREATest Businesses?

The Business is GREAT Britain campaign has teamed up with BT Business to launch a new competition to find and showcase the country’s greatest small and medium sized businesses. The Business is GREAT Britain campaign is a government initiative that aims to build confidence amongst small businesses by showcasing inspirational examples of similar sized businesses. It encourages businesses to plan, hire and export as drivers to future business success.

If you think you are one of the GREAT Faces of British Business, visit http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition for more information.

The GREAT Faces of British Business competition has been designed to find the best companies with exciting innovation, growth and export stories that Britain has to offer. The competition will showcase their achievements in addition to highlighting the government support available for small firms.

Those businesses that enter the GREAT Faces of British Business competition will be in with a chance of being crowned their regional champion, and the winners will then be shortlisted for the national stage of the competition.

The grand prix winner of the national competition will win a prize package worth over £30,000. This will include a bespoke creative advertising campaign and being featured in national, local and trade media, along with an iPad Air and unlimited BT Wi-fi for 12 months courtesy of BT Business. The winner will also receive a package of export support from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI),  who are supporting the Business is GREAT Britain campaign along with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

To enter, businesses should visit http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition to find the terms and conditions and the entry form, and state why you deserve to be named one of the GREAT Faces of British Business.

Businesses entering the competition must be based in the UK and have between 1 and 250 staff members. Apart from these, there are no other requirements; the competition is open to small businesses from all industries and sectors. The government is encouraging every company with a unique or inspirational growth, export or innovation story to enter.

The Business is GREAT campaign champions these kinds of small business, and a wide range of businesses have already been involved with the campaign. Sesame Access are a family-run business from Surrey that work with architects to install bespoke wheelchair access lifts in listed buildings. Their clients include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and Kensington Palace. Through working with UKTI on their Passport to Export scheme, Sesame Access have expanded into foreign markets across Europe and are planning a research trip to New York next year.

eCow are another business supporting the campaign. Based in the South West, eCow produce the multi-award winning farmBolus, a new electronic device that monitors pH and temperature levels in a cow’s stomach, then sending the date on to farmers, nutritionists, vets and farm advisors for analysis. eCow accessed government support through their Regional Growth Fund.

The competition has three categories and businesses can enter into one or all of these categories, depending on which is relevant to their business. Those categories are:

  • Best exporter – a small business that has successfully entered new markets
  • Most innovative small business – a small business that has turned an innovative idea into a reality
  • Best growth story – a small business that has an inspirational growth story

In support of this new competition, Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:

“Small businesses have been the driving force of our economic recovery. This is a top opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution they make to villages, towns and cities across Great Britain.

“I am committed to fostering this entrepreneurial spirit and making sure that Britain is the best place in the world to start and grow a business.”

As well as calling on small businesses across the country to enter the GREAT Faces of British Business competition, the government is simultaneously encouraging small businesses to find out more about the services from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and UKTI on offer to help them grow.