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Small business, big impact

Few have been hit harder by Covid-19 than the self-employed. The pandemic will cost small business owners £22,461 on average – and for many it could take years to get back on track.

But small businesses are the beating heart of the UK economy, accounting for 99% of all British businesses, and contributing a combined £2 trillion in annual turnover.

Small businesses hold the key to our collective recovery – put simply, we need them to bounce back.

That's why Simply Business are giving away £25,000 to one lucky entrepreneur – to start, grow or revive their small business.

Small business, big impact

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Our 2021 shortlist

  • Valiant Lingerie

    Valiant Lingerie

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  • PendantPal


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  • Watch This Sp_ce team photo

    Watch This Sp_ce

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  • English Vine

    The English Vine

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  • Wild Rye Sourdough

    Wild Rye Sourdough

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  • The Refill Shop of Ikigai

    The Refill Shop of Ikigai

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  • Firefly Pottery

    Firefly Pottery

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  • The Udder Stuff

    The Udder Stuff

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  • Ruby Bo

    Ruby & Bo

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Our 2021 Business Boost winner

Watch This Sp_ce focuses on inclusion, happiness at work, and getting businesses ready for the future, the Brighton-based consultancy was selected from 25,000 UK-wide applicants.

They want to reimagine the world of work and help businesses create a more equal and inclusive workplace for everyone.

Founded in the first lockdown, it provides training, mentoring, coaching, and content creation services to existing business and under-represented entrepreneurs looking to start and build businesses.

The grant will go towards making their content more accessible across a range of digital platforms, including helping them to develop an app.

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How it works

  • 17 June

    Applications open! Tell us a bit about your business, and how our Business Boost would help. See what our judges are looking for above.

  • 17 September

    Remember to get your entry in before the 17 September deadline.

  • 4 October

    We’ll announce our #BusinessBoost shortlist – keep an eye out for a Simply Business email to see if you’ve made the shortlist.

  • 22 October

    We’ll announce our 2021 #BusinessBoost winner.

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Meet our judges

  • Alan Thomas

    Alan Thomas

    UK CEO of Simply Business

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  • Piers Linney

    Piers Linney

    CEO, Moblox and investor
    Ex-Dragons' Den investor

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  • Tony Robinson

    Tony Robinson OBE

    Author and vocal champion
    of the self-employed

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  • Larissa Cooper

    Larissa Cooper

    Winner of Business Boost 2020
    and owner of Rowan Bay

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  • Larissa Cooper

    Merlie Calvert

    Founder and CEO at Farilio

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  • Carina Lepore

    Carina Lepore

    Winner of The Apprentice 2019
    and owner of Dough Artisan Bakehouse

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Expert tips on success from rugby legend Gareth Thomas

Resilience, passion, ambition – all traits you’d associate with former Wales and Lions captain, Gareth Thomas. While his bravery and authenticity off the field are to be admired.

Small business owners have been hit harder than most by Covid-19, and have had to show these very same traits as they look to bounce back from a period of uncertainty.

As a Business Boost ambassador, Gareth will be sharing his experience on everything from how to bounce back from challenges and show resilience in the face of adversity, to the importance of authenticity and having a big dream.

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Tips to give your business a boost

Going self-employed in the UK - a guide to get started

How to go self-employed in the UK

Wondering how to become self-employed? We’ve got some tips for getting started – from weighing up the pros and cons of self-employment, to understanding tax and benefits when you’re self-employed.

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How to start a part-time business

How to start a business: a 9-step guide

So you’re thinking of starting your own business? We’ve got some tips for getting started – from writing a business plan to understanding tax, benefits, and legal structures as a new business owner.

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Starting a business from home

How to start a home business

From the big idea itself to the legalities and regulations, proper planning should help you build a really successful home business. Read our guide to businesses you can run from home.

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How to write a business plan template

How to write a business plan: step-by-step and business plan template

It’s important to know how to write a business plan, because it helps you answer questions about your business and recognise potential obstacles before you set it up properly.

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Small business grants in the UK

A guide to small business grants in the UK and how to apply

Finding small business grants in the UK can require investigation, with eligibility depending on a whole range of factors. That being said, it’s not impossible to find sources of small business funding you don’t have to pay back.

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How to register as self-employed in the UK

How to register as self-employed with HMRC

So you’ve decided to take the leap? Congratulations – you’re at the beginning of an exciting journey. Before you get stuck in, there are a few things you should have covered, like setting up as self-employed with HMRC.

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Business Name Generator

Business Name Generator

What's in a name? Find an entertaining, punny name for your new business by using our dynamic name generation tool. Just select a trade and let our algorithm do the rest!

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What is turnover in business and how do you work it out

What is turnover in business and how do you work it out?

What is turnover in business – and how does it relate to your business’s health? Understanding how well your business is doing might not be an exact science, but business turnover is one of the markers you can use to get a good idea.

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