Smarta's High Five Friday! Congrats to these small businesses...

Sweet Mandarin - @sweetmandarin

This Manchester-based Chinese restaurant has just sealed a deal with Sainsbury's to stock 20,000 bottles of its gluten-free sauces. The founders are twin sisters Helen and Lisa Tse, who won £50,000 investment on Dragons' Den in September 2012.

Crowdcube - @crowdcube

Smarta 100 winner Crowcube deserves a permanent #SmartaHigh5 for facilitating so much funding and support for promising small businesses. But this week it gets an extra one for celebrating its top Crowdcube businesses of 2012. Well done to all the winners! And an especial congrats to...

Escape the City - @escthecity

This trailblazing website that offers adventurous, wacky and generally more exciting jobs to professionals looking to escape the rat run. It cleaned up in Crowdcube's awards, picking up Pitch of the Year, Most Investors of the Year, and Online Business of the Year. Phew!

7billionideas - @7billionideas

This platform to capture everyday ideas launched in March last year, and was the fastest-funded business on Crowdcube in 2012. It hit a £30,000 target in just four days!

Seedrs co-founder Jeff Lynn - @jeffseedrs

Jeff Lynn, one of the founders behind start-up investment platform and Smarta 100 winner Seedrs, was ranked 55 in GQ's list of the UK's Most Influential Men. Go get 'em Jeff!

TaxAssist Accountants - @TaxAssistUK

Accountancy franchise TaxAssist Accountants this week achieved its biggest deal ever, reselling its St Albans franchise for £1m. Well done to owner Mark Fordham.

Thames Valley Berkshire LEP - @TVBLEP

This Local Enterprise Partnership has just launched an "Escalator Fund" of £7.25m offering loans to growing businesses and start-ups, which will go live at the start of February. Great to see your support of small businesses, guys.

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