Brilliant new companies are started every day, but only few make it past their first couple of years. Those that do should never forget what they have achieved; so, we thought we should remind them.We’re looking for brilliant new companies who have made it past the first hurdles of entrepreneurship and are now on their way to becoming the big players of tomorrow. What makes them stand out? A big vision, a drive to challenge their industry, an ambition to never stop taking their team to the next level, to name just a few characteristics of the future champion. But it’s also originality. Last year’s winner, Ovo Energy, was launched in 2009 as the founder’s solution to many faults within the state of the UK energy sector. Soon Ovo had reached 5,000 customers. “That was the breakeven point for us,” Ovo founder Stephen Fitzpatrick told Real Business earlier this year. “After that, we started making a profit.” Since its creation, Ovo has stayed true to the ambitions of its founder, aiming to maintain an unexampled level of transparency with regards to where its energy is sourced and how their customers’ money is spent. All of Ovo’s gas is bought from the UK grid, the majority of which is sourced from the North Sea. They’re one of the fastest growing energy companies in the UK – and a very different one. If you think you have what it takes to be as unique, and some day to be as distinguished, as Ovo Energy, take the chance and send us your nomination now. The Growing Business Awards 2012 Young Company of the Year award could be yours this autumn. Nominations are now open for the 2012 Growing Business Awards, in association with Lloyds Bank. We’re looking for entries from “future champion” businesses and individuals across ten categories. Created by Real Business and the CBI, the Growing Business Awards are the most established recognition of UK entrepreneurial achievement. The awards are also supported by Land Rover, the Financial Mail, Spring Law, Cass Business School, Your Business Your Future, Business Voice, Professional Engineering, and bdaily. As well as huge prestige and coverage, a group of successful candidates will also be invited to an exclusive “high-performance day” at McLaren Racing, as well as joining a delegation at the 2012 CBI Annual Conference. Nominations close on September 21. Find out more about the Growing Business Awards online, or contact us via email@example.com or by phone on 0207 045 7600.
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