Sarah Willingham & Nectar Business on the Look Out for Britain’s Best Small Businesses

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Sarah Willingham & Nectar Business on the Look Out for Britain’s Best Small Businesses 2017-11-15T20:00:43+00:00

04.06.2015

Entrepreneur and newest star of BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den launches seventh annual Nectar Business Small Business Awards

The seventh annual Nectar Business Small Business Awards launches on Wednesday 3 June, led by one of the UK’s leading business women, consumer champion and BBC ‘Dragon’, Sarah Willingham.

The Awards – which are free to enter – celebrate the achievements of successful small businesses and small business owners across the UK.  They are judged by a panel of respected industry figures including Sarah Willingham, Will Shuckburgh, Nectar Managing Director, Adam Collett, Marketing Director at Brakes, Allan Dickson, Head of Commercial at Dulux Decorating Centre and previous Nectar Business Small Business Awards winner, Melissa Snover.

The resultant winners will receive £2,000 cash and 50,000 Nectar points, as well as competing for the unique opportunity to meet and receive tailored expert advice from Sarah Willingham at the Nectar Business Round Table and Awards event – to be held in November this year.

Open for entries between 3 June and 24 July 2015, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding achievements of small businesses in the UK. All SMEs, social enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs that demonstrate innovative and sustainable business ideas are invited to enter as many categories relevant to their business. These are:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Home Grown Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tradesperson of the Year
  • Contribution to the Community

Sarah Willingham, who will judge the Awards for the first time this year, comments:

I can’t wait to get involved with the Nectar Business Small Business Awards, helping to discover, support and champion some of the UK’s most brilliant businesses.   

“I’ve ‘been there and done that’ so to speak by, launching and managing businesses of my own – so I know first-hand the drive, commitment and sheer hard work that’s required to make a small business succeed; and the fact that this dedication makes the eventual rewards even sweeter.

“I’m especially looking forward to taking my place on the Nectar Business Round Table.  It will give me the chance to meet some of the country’s brightest business minds and engage in some lively and inspirational conversations – sharing business tips and examples of best practice along the way.”

Will Shuckburgh, Nectar Managing Director, added: “The Nectar Business Small Business Awards were established in 2008 to recognise the achievements of the UK’s best small businesses, and over the last seven years we’ve received thousands of entries from some of the country’s most inspirational entrepreneurs and dynamic start-ups.

“Not only do the Awards recognise the commitment and drive of small business owners, they provide a fantastic point of difference and mark out the winners as leaders in their field. I encourage all UK SMEs to enter as many categories as possible and I can’t wait to see the talent that 2015 brings.

“Successful entrants will be in good company; previous winners of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards include Fraser Doherty of Super Jam (Entrepreneur of the Year, 2009), Warwick Music (Innovation of the Year 2013), NotontheHighStreet.com and Hungryhouse.co.uk who scooped the Online Business of the Year awards in 2010 and 2011 respectively.”

As in previous years, the Contribution to the Community Award will be open to a public vote, where fans of facebook.com/nectarbusiness page will have their say, helping the five judges decide on who should be this year’s winners.

Businesses can enter as many categories as they like for free. Simply visit:  www.nectar.com/smallbusiness to download an entry form and to determine each category’s criteria. Entries can then be submitted online, via email or post.

For more press information or images please contact the Nectar Business PR team on:

clarionnectarbusiness@clarioncomms.co.uk / 0207 479 0910

Notes to Editors

Nectar Business Small Business Awards Social Media:

Twitter:                   @nectarbusiness    #NBsba15
Facebook:                facebook.com/nectarbusiness

About Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2015

  • The Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2015 provide small businesses with the opportunity to gain the rewards and recognition they deserve
  • The six Award categories are:
  1. Small Business of the Year
  2. Innovation of the Year
  3. Home Grown Business of the Year
  4. Entrepreneur of the Year
  5. Tradesperson of the Year
  6. Contribution to the Community
  • Awards 1-5 are judged by a panel of experts which include Sarah Willingham, 2013 winner Melissa Snover, Adam Collett of Brakes, Allan Dickson of Dulux Decorating Centre, and Will Shuckburgh of Nectar
  • The sixth award, Contribution to the Community, will also be open to public vote at facebook.com/nectarbusiness. The public will act as a fifth judge assisting the panel of experts in choosing a winner
  • Entering is simple – just visit www.nectar.com/smallbusiness and download an entry form
  • Entries close 24 July 2015
  • The winners of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards will receive £2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points and participate in an industry round table event with Sarah Willingham
  • Case studies of the 2013 and 2014 Nectar Business Small Business Awards winners are available

Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2015 Judges:

  • Sarah Willingham
    Sarah Willingham is a successful serial entrepreneur, known for turning the Bombay Bicycle Club into the largest chain of Indian restaurants in the UK; a founding director and investor in the London Cocktail Club and the best known female money saving expert and consumer champion in the UK. Sarah has also recently been announced as the latest Dragon on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den.
  • Will Shuckburgh
    Will is Managing Director of Nectar UK. He took on the role in 2013, having previously held the position of Managing Director of European Commercial Development at Nectar’s parent company, Aimia.
  • Melissa Snover
    Originally the founder and managing director of Nectar Business Small Business Award winning company Goody Good Stuff, Melissa Snover has now turned her entrepreneurial skills and business acumen to new projects, including the start-up of Katjes UK (www.lovekatjes.com).
  • Adam Collett
    Adam holds over 25 years consumer marketing experience in a variety of brand, retail and leisure organisations. He’s spent the last 18 months as Marketing Director at Brakes where he’s been working to refocus marketing output on the business consumer.
  • Allan Dickson
    Allan Dickson has been Head of Commercial at Dulux Decorator Centre since the start of 2014, where he’s focused on driving customer engagement and loyalty across a nationwide network of 188 stores and online.  Before Dulux Decorator Centre, Allan worked in domestic and international commercial roles for many years in the drinks industry.  As well as this multinational experience, he has also faced the perils and pitfalls establishing an online wine business so has first-hand experience of what it is like to be involved in a small business.

About Nectar Business

  • Launched in January 2005, Nectar Business has over 600,000 business collectors
  • Nectar Business partners include: Dulux Decorator Centre, Brakes, Viking, BOC, DHL, Hertz and American Express
  • Collect points online with over 500 retailers – including Viking, Currys, Argos, McAfee, PC World Business
  • Other Nectar partners include: eBay, Sainsbury’s, BP, Homebase and British Gas
  • Nectar Business cardholders turn their points into rewards with partners including; Argos, Vue and EasyJet