Special Award winners announced

As chosen by you, the Special Award winners are as follows:

Female Entrepreneur of the Year: SalesGossip

SalesGossip gives you access to the latest deals in the fashion and beauty industry. If you want to be the first person to know when the latest sale is on, SalesGossip is the place to be. Founder Elizabetta Camilleri, with her 18 years of business strategy experience, has grown her business and they were recently voted the 12th best website to save you money by The Times.

Most Innovative Business: Ento Foods

This innovative business have introduced insects to the British diet, with its weird but wonderful creation. Realising a gap in the food industry, Ento Foods have already sold out a three day long pop-up restaurant, proving that there is a market out there.

Best Use of Technology: Eyetease

Driving taxis forward with disruptive digital media, Eyetease have brought two innovative developments into the world of taxis. One delivers incredible advertising potential while the other offers wi-fi throughout British taxis. Landing deals in America, Russia and the UAE, this British business has created great technology, and ruffling a few feathers along the way.

Best Use of Marketing: Mr Cake

If there’s one man that knows how to stir the media into a frenzy, look no further than Chris Holmes, also known as Mr Cake. Giving up his day job at the border agency to take up his business full-time, Holmes piped his resignation on a cake, and delivered it to his former bosses. His picture went viral, he received national recognition from a host of media outlets and his order books are full up well in advance.

Best People Business: Prezzybox.com

With a director that believes in going the extra mile, prezzybox.com- the online retailer- ensure that both their customers and their staff are kept happy. Going to the extreme to ensure customer service is of the highest standard, this start-up also reward their staff with flexible working hours, great training opportunities and cooked lunches.

Biggest Social Impact: Give as you Live

Give as you Live help people give money to charities across the country just by shopping online. It’s fast beaching the ultimate tool for stimulating generosity amongst British shoppers, with close to £4m having been raised for UK charities already.  Over 2,500 retailers have signed up to donate a percentage of any purchase, allowing the customer to choose the charity of their choice. Not a penny is from the customer and the social impact is huge.

Made in Britain: The Underfloor Heating Store

Starting in the midst of the worst recession in years, brothers Michael and Steven Lewis have grown The Underfloor Heating Store to a multi-million-pound business. The Underfloor Heating Store’s interactive website offers expert advice to customers looking to warm their homes up. Sourcing over 80% of their materials from Britain, this business is warming the hearts of freezing Brits.

Micro Business of the Year: Uni Baggage

Uni Baggage- the low cost courier service- safely transport your personal belongings in a safe and convenient way. Taking away the stress with their cost effective service, all you have to do is simply book online, print unique labels and a delivery driver will do the rest. They purchase services with firms such as DHL and Parcelforce in bulk, giving students the cheapest possible price.

Start Up of the Year: Mi-Soul

A multi platform soul brand dedicated to soul and dance fans, Mi-Soul is a team of over 40 DJ’s bringing you the best music from the industry. Founded by Gordon Mac, the man who brought us Kiss FM, this 24 hours a day 7 days a week station is the number one place to listen soul music. Soul music friends in the capital can currently listen online, via a mobile app and there are also plans for a full digital launch (DAB).

Mobile Business of the Year: ByPost.com 

Getting to the top of the iTunes app chart is a big achievement, but when you’ve done it in 21 countries, you know you’ve made something great. Bypost.com lets you create fantastic, personalised postcards from any picture you take on your mobile or tablet and send them around the world. 

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