"The Smarta 100 together with O2 supports the very best small businesses in the UK. Showcasing innovative start-ups, resourceful one man bands, growing businesses and the social enterprises that are making a true difference to peoples lives. Once again, I can't wait to be bowled over by the finest businesses the UK has to offer.""
Shaa WasmundFounder, Smarta
"O2 are really looking forward to sponsoring the Smarta 100 awards this year. Personally I’m looking for the digital disruption that is out there in the start-up market world. We can learn from these businesses that are taking risks to upset the status quo and challenge the way things are done."
Ben DowdBusiness Director, O2
""Small businesses are the thriving heart of the UK economy helping to keep Britain's stop start finances ticking over. The Smarta 100 together with O2 cherry picks the very best of these heroic small businesses and I'm excited to be involved in the process.""
Holly Tucker MBECo-founder and CEO, notonthehighstreet.com
"Small businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them underpin the entire economy and they account for almost 50% of UK employment. I look forward to working with the Smarta 100 and O2 to identify small businesses that are shining brightly.""
Piers LinneyDragons' Den and CEO, Outsourcery
"I am looking forward to being a judge to see first-hand some of the amazing and exciting new businesses coming up, some of whom will become the big businesses of tomorrow."
Helen LovelessEnterprise editor, Mail on Sunday
"I'm excited to be a part of the search for the UK's 100 most innovative businesses. Small businesses are the thriving heart of the UK economy and I am particularly delighted that Smarta are launching their ‘female entrepreneur of the year award’ sponsored by B.Hive as women are increasingly important in this sector."
Lynne FranksFounder, B.HIve
"Small businesses help to challenge the norm and upset the large corporates at times, their innovation and disruptive approach helps push boundaries and make things happen in every field they operate. That's why I'm thrilled to be part of the search for the 100 most exciting, disruptive and innovative small businesses in the UK."
Al GoslingFounder, The Extreme Sports Company
"I'm thrilled to be part of the search for the 100 best businesses in the UK. My start-up, Kigu won the £10,000 main prize for last year's Smarta 100 awards and it has helped propel my business to new levels."
Tom CohnFounder, Kigu
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and I'm delighted to be part of the search to find the 100 brightest and best."
Will KingFounder, King of Shaves