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Growing Business Awards: 2008

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More than 400 people attended the ceremony, which was held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square and was hosted by the Rt Hon William Hague.

Manchester was named Entrepreneur of the Year after a bumper 12 months for his document company, Thunderhead. The firm is a provider of electronic communications software to the investment banking sector (among others) but the turmoil in the financial markets isn’t fazing Manchester: so far, his 50 per cent growth projections for this year are on track

Bennett, who sold her eponymous fashion chain to private equity during the summer, won the popular vote, collecting the Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur award.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson was recognised as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He’s built TrafficBroker from scratch into one of the UK’s largest affiliate marketing firms.

Will King’s shaving firm, King of Shaves, won Company of the Year. King reportedly rang his mum and dad to tell them of his success straight after taking out the category and was also interviewed by the BBC shortly afterwards.

The other winners were:

Concert Live: Young Company of the Year

RDS Technology: Technology and Innovation

Thebigwordgroup: Global Outlook and Expansion:

Net-a-porter-com: Customer Excellence

BEcause: People and Performance

Alumet: New Product of the Year

East London Small Business Enterprise: Social Enterprise Award

Arcola Energy and First Mile: Green Award

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