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Win tickets to see the England rugby team in action during a big year for the sport

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16 July 2015

Former editor

Real Business has joined forces with technology partner O2 Business to provide one lucky reader with two tickets to see the England rugby team take on rivals France in the QBE International Series at Twickenham.

Alongside the two tickets, you’ll also have access to an exclusive retreat before and after the game at the O2 Blueroom – where our winner can watch live games and highlights on the widescreen TVs while legends and current players serve you hot pies and take part in Q&A sessions.

The competition is being run to celebrate the launch of Business Essentials, a new tariff from O2 Business. To be in with a chance of seeing England in action on 15 August, all you have to do is tweet your biggest business challenge using the hashtag #BusinessEssentials. Whether it’s unpredictable sales, seasonal spending patterns, inflexible business contracts or simply bad weather, we want to know what might be holding your company back.

New research compiled by O2 has found that today’s climate amongst small businesses is at its most unpredictable since 1990. During the last year, independent retailers saw a 36 per cent difference between average sales in the best month (December) and worst month (February). This volatility is only expected to increase during 2015.

Over a third (39 per cent) of companies, the survey suggested, reported negative impacts on business caused by unexpected events such as disruptive weather (12 per cent) and changes to government policy (13 per cent) as well as sudden illness of employees (9.6 per cent) and strong seasonal spending patterns.

The competition comes as O2 Business launches its Business Essentials – a new tariff that offers small businesses a simple, flexible and transparent way to pay for their communications. 

Recognising that no two small businesses are the same, Business Essentials has been designed to help customers respond to their changing business needs. Whether it’s the need for the latest device, a tailored data plan or new business apps, the scalable tariff makes it even easier for business owners to put digital technology at the heart of what they do.

Business Essentials offers unlimited calls and texts on most tariffs – business owners simply decide how much data they need from one month to the next.

Ben Dowd, O2’s business director, said: “Too often, big businesses assume that small businesses are all the same and offer a one-size-fits-all solution. With Business Essentials we’re putting customers in the driving seat, giving them the transparency, control and flexibility to choose exactly the right device, airtime and business apps for them.

“At O2 we want to help more business owners supercharge their business by putting digital at the heart of what they do. We have seen first-hand from our customers how the right technology can help any company work smarter, faster and more efficiently.”

So, if you have a business challenge you’d like to share, and would like to see England in action before the big tournament kicks off on 18 September, you have until 5 August to enter the competition. Good luck!

Please see full terms and conditions for the competition.

Tell us your business essentials to win!