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Business Boost

To help start or grow your small business

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Small business, big impact

If you're a small business owner, we want to hear from you.

Simply Business is giving away £25,000 to one lucky entrepreneur who can impress our industry judging panel.

Why small businesses need a boost

Small businesses are the beating heart of the UK economy, and it’s never been more important to support their success.

We want to boost a small business with a £25,000 grant because:

  • small businesses account for 99% of all British businesses and contribute a combined £2 trillion in annual turnover to the UK economy – we need them to bounce back
  • for many, getting access to funding is difficult
  • 70 per cent see rising costs as their single biggest challenge in 2022
  • 63 per cent are dealing with a loss of customers
Business Boost

Tell us why you should win £25,000

You’ll receive an automatic email to confirm your entry within 48 hours.

Competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Entrants' businesses must not have an annual turnover exceeding £500,000 or have received over £50,000 in private funding in the past two years (this does not include government grants). See the full terms and conditions

What our judges are looking for

  • Your story

    Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or your journey’s just starting – we’d like to hear your story. Your trials, your triumphs, and everything in between. What inspired you to go it alone?

  • A big dream

    Small businesses are built on big dreams – so what’s yours? At Simply Business, we pride ourselves on enabling big dreams, and we want our £25,000 Business Boost to make a real difference.

  • Positive social impact

    As an accredited B Corp, we believe that businesses should be a force for good. From improving diversity and inclusion in your field or community, to how you impact the world around you – we’re looking to hear about the ways your business contributes positively to society.

  • Innovation

    Innovation comes in many shapes and sizes. For some, it could mean cutting-edge technology. But for others, it might mean the creativity needed to turn a hobby into a business. What sets you and your business idea apart from the competition?

  • A thought-out plan

    We’d like to understand your plan – how will you use the £25,000 to boost your business?

Competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Entrants’ businesses must not have an annual turnover exceeding £500,000 or have received over £50,000 in private funding in the past two years (this does not include government grants). See full terms and conditions.


How it works

  • 15 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 August

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

  • 14 September

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

  • 14 October

    We’ll announce our 2022 #BusinessBoost winner.


How to write a good Business Boost entry

Since we launched Business Boost in 2020, we’ve read thousands of fantastic entries but there can only be one winner each year.

So, what does a good entry look like?

  • don’t worry too much about the quality of your writing, the judges are more interested in hearing your story

  • give as much detail as you can, but try to keep your entry under 500 words

  • read the judges’ criteria and focus on what you’d use the £25,000 for

For more tips and examples of award-winning Business Boost entries, read our guide on creating an award entry.

Our 2021 Business Boost winner

Watch This Sp_ce, a Brighton-based diversity and inclusion consultancy, was selected from 25,000 UK-wide applicants.

Founded in 2020, it provides training, mentoring, coaching, and content creation services to existing businesses and under-represented entrepreneurs.

Read more about Watch this Sp_ce's story, why they won, and how they’re using the £25,000 grant to boost their business.

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