Still time for startup stars to enter national awards

DUE TO overwhelming demand, the Startups Awards organisers have extended the entry deadline for businesses across Scotland to Friday 28 September.

The Startups Awards, sponsored by NatWest and organised by, celebrate the success of businesses in the UK that have been trading for less than three years.

There are fourteen awards up for grabs this year, including two new categories; Freelance Business of the Year and Trade Business of the Year as well as the Service Business of the Year and the Adversity Award.

Categories for which the judges are particularly keen to see more entries are; the Trades Start-up of the Year, The Silver Fox Award, The Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year and the Adversity Award.Previous winners at the Awards over the past eight years have included some of the UK’s fastest rising brands, such as, Naked Wines, (sold to Google for £37.7m), BLOTTR and The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragons’ Den fame, will lead the judging panel alongside a number of other highly successful entrepreneurs and business experts including Kevin Byrne, managing director of and James Hurley, enterprise editor for the Daily Telegraph.

David Lester, founder of, commented: “I am overwhelmed at the number of successful start-ups that are thriving in the UK today, the quality of the businesses that have entered so far is outstanding. I am confident that we are on target for a record year!”

Visit to request your entry pack. This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens, on Friday 7 December 2012.

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