Apply for the Startups Awards today

The Startups Awards are an annual celebration of the UK’s best new businesses – and you are invited to enter.

This year Simply Business is proud to be sponsoring the Startups Awards and, in collaboration with, we are on the hunt for the country’s top new firms.

Past victors have gone on to huge success. Previous Startups Awards winners include Glasses Direct, The Book Depository, and Naked Wines.

This year applications will be judged by an expert panel including Simply Business chief executive officer Jason Stockwood. He will be joined by the head of business at the Evening Standard, the co-founder of Specsavers, the founder of, and many other high-profile names.

Why should I enter?

Successful entrants to the Startups Awards enjoy a number of attractive benefits. Perhaps paramount amongst these is the significant amount of press coverage that the Awards generate. Winning or being shortlisted for a Startups Award can also help to make your business more attractive to investors, and can boost your credibility in your chosen industry. Success in the Awards may also help you to attract top flight talent to your business.

How do I enter?

There are twelve categories in which you can enter, in addition to the Simply Business Startups Business Of The Year, the winner of which will be chosen from the winners of the other categories.

The twelve categories are:

• Digital Business of the Year
• Mobile Business of the Year
• Innovative Business of the Year
• Product Business of the Year
• Service Business of the Year
• Franchisee of the Year
• Mumpreneur of the Year
• Home-based and Freelance Business of the Year
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year
• Women in Business Award
• Silver Fox Award
• Funded Business of the Year

To enter, simply submit your details on the Startups Awards entry page. You will then receive a form containing instructions for making your submission. You will need to make a one-off payment of £45 plus VAT, and then you can enter as many categories as you wish. The deadline for entries is 13 September.

What does the event involve?

The Startups Awards event will be held at Kensington Roof Gardens on 6 December 2013, and will include a champagne reception and three course meal. We look forward to seeing you there.