Small Business Competition – £50,000 Up For Grabs
The UK’s biggest and most prestigious business competition has started its search for the best 80 small businesses in the country. The Pitch, which launched five years ago as a small event in Bristol, now offers winners a prize of £50,000.
The Pitch 2012 will host judging events across the UK with 20 SMEs from each region being put forward as the Pitch 80. This group of elite small businesses will then compete against each other at the new two-day event The Pitch Live in October.
Dan Martin, editor of BusinessZone and creator of The Pitch, said that the idea behind the competition was to help SMEs get expert advice and increase interest in their business. Since its introduction, The Pitch has grown every single year with support from key partners such as Yell.
The Pitch 2012 will see the biggest competition yet, with the inclusion of the Pitch 80, a new social profile which will allow the public to show interest and create a buzz around the brand. This and the The Pitch Live are both new elements of the competition, and will make the event much more exciting.
Applications are currently being accepted and must be in by May, as the judging will take place over the summer. The grand final, scheduled for 16th November in Global Entrepreneur Week, is in London and will feature the final four contestants and a ‘wildcard’ competing to win the £50,000 top prize.
Last year’s winner Ross Dickinson, the creator of Kibosh, a device designed to fix burst pipes temporarily, is being entered as a wild card. He has said that being involved in the competition was a very valuable experience and has made a huge impact on his small business.