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The 2013 Growing Business Awards, the most respected and established recognition of high-growth, mid-sized and entrepreneurial businesses in the UK, are now open for entries.

Originally launched by Real Business and the CBI in 1999, the Growing Business Awards have celebrated, and been the launchpad for, many of Britain’s finest innovative SMEs. The awards are held in association with Lloyds Banking Group.

In 2012, Growing Business Awards winners included Colin Stephens of Better Bathrooms (Entrepreneur of the Year), Fever-Tree (Export Champion) and Shutl (Young Company of the Year). Previous winners have included: Pallex (founded by former BBC “Dragon” Hilary Devey); Phones4U founder John Caudwell; Simon Nixon, founder of Moneysupermarket.com and many others.

This year, successful candidates will again be invited to present to a high-profile judging academy chaired, for the first time in 2013, by one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs, Peter Cullum, founder of Towergate Insurance and the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School.

Matthew Rock, co-founder of Real Business said: “The Growing Business Awards are the most established, most important, most widely supported national recognition of successful UK SMEs and entrepreneurs. As a country, we have to identify, celebrate and then support our most important businesses – the SME sector. The Growing Business Awards, and Real Business, have been doing that for 16 years, and we’re proud that so many prestigious partners have joined this campaign.”

An all-star cast of business organisations, champions, blue-chip corporates, and specialist and broadsheet media are supporting the 2013 Growing Business Awards, including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Dr Neil Bentley, deputy director-general of the CBI, said: “The CBI is a proud supporter of the Growing Business Awards because the winners really do represent British entrepreneurialism at its best. These companies are the future and we need to celebrate their success and encourage them to grow.”

Nominate a business for a Growing Business Award 2013 here or call the Caspian Media events team on 020 7045 7600. The Growing Business Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group, is held on October 23, 2013.

The 2013 Growing Business Awards are supported by:

  • The CBI
  • Real Business
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • The Forum of Private Business
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The UK Business Angels Association
  • The British Library Business & IP Centre
  • Cass Business School
  • The Chartered Quality Institute
  • Lloyds Private Banking
  • Visa
  • Land Rover
  • easyJet
  • Spring Law
  • MWB Business Exchange
  • Cavendish
  • Vistage
  • Mclaren
  • Club Wembley
  • The Financial Mail
  • Bdaily
  • Professional Engineering
  • Real Deals

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