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National business awards to put SMEs centre stage

Federation of Small Businesses and Worldpay call on Britain’s best and brightest start-ups to enter next year’s Small Business Awards, to be hosted by The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell
November 26 2015

Recognising the importance of SMEs to the British economy, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Worldpay, one of the UK’s leading payments processing company, have today launched the 2016 Small Business Awards.

With more than 55% of young people aged 18 to 30 saying they’d like to set up their own firm, the FSB Worldpay Small Business Awards are a celebration of the entrepreneurial strength and diversity of SMEs and micro-businesses across the country. The FSB and Worldpay are calling on Britain’s most ambitious small business owners to share their success stories and apply for the chance to win up to £12,000.

The 2016 awards will be hosted by Tim Campbell MBE, the first winner of The Apprentice and founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, a social enterprise that encourages entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures.

As a result of unprecedented interest in last year’s awards, which saw almost 1,000 entries from across the UK, next year there will be four new categories: Ethical – CSR - Green Business; Business Exporter; Best Start-Up; and Best Family Business of the Year. The overall winner will receive an additional prize fund of £10,000 from Worldpay and FSB.

Last year's winners included: Henry Williams of Williams Automobiles (Young Entrepreneur), Lanwarne Landscapes (Best Small Business and Micro Business), Equifeast (Business Innovation) and Home Leisure Direct (Best Online Business).

Tim Campbell said: “I know it takes great courage to set up your own company and dedicate your life to helping it grow. SMEs continue to raise the bar for British business and I’m thrilled to be joining Worldpay and the FSB in applauding their achievements.”

Dave Hobday, UK Managing Director at Worldpay, said: “It is crucial that we acknowledge the success stories of small businesses and help them achieve the recognition they deserve. SMEs play a vital role in driving innovation and growth across the UK, and their contribution to the economy and our society at large must be celebrated.

“The high standard of last year’s entries shows that our SME community is thriving and increasingly resilient to the challenges of running your own business. We’re very excited to meet the inspiring people behind next year’s winners.”

John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Small businesses are the engine room of the economy. It’s only through the hard work of bold and innovative entrepreneurs that our economy grows and prospers. Starting a business can be a tremendously exciting and invigorating, and it can take considerable courage and fortitude. I’m proud to be part of these awards because they celebrate these remarkable people – showing appreciation and support for the fantastic contribution they make to our country.”

The national final will be held in London on 2nd February 2016. The awards are free to enter and businesses have until Janaury 2016 to submit their application online www.fsbworldpayawards.co.uk

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About Worldpay
Worldpay is a global leader in payments processing technology for our customers. We operate reliable and secure proprietary technology platforms that enable customers to accept a vast array of payment types, across multiple channels, anywhere in the world. The Group has three operating divisions: global eCom, Worldpay US and Worldpay UK.

On a typical day, we process approximately 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions and in 2014 we supported approximately 400,000 merchants in 126 currencies across 146 countries offering 326 local and alternative methods of payment.

Worldpay UK has a 42% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move.

About the FSB
The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the UK's Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk

About Tim Campbell MBE
Tim is the first winner of the BBC TV show The Apprentice. Following his win in 2005 Tim, in addition to receiving an MBE for his services to Enterprise Culture in 2012 and acting as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s Ambassador for Training & Enterprise since 2011, he founded the Bright Ideas Trust an enterprise social enterprise which invests in start-up businesses founded by young people aged 16 – 30 from underserved communities. Since it was founded in 2007 it has raised over £1m in start-up funds and invested in over 200 companies.www.brightdieastrust.com