How to Enter the Big Business Boost
The Big Business Boost is open to all business based in Essex employing no more than 15 people (including the business owner). The competition will be split into the following four categories:
It is easy to enter the Big Business Boost, simply fill in and submit the Online Entry Form.
What to say about your business?
Section 1 is simple – just fill in your business name and contact details (including your Essex address!) and select which of the four categories above best applies to your business.
Section 2 is your chance to tell us what’s special about your business, and why you should win the competition!
How to make your business stand out? Here are our tips for entry;
A hundred businesses will win with the Big Business Boost, and every business to enter will be referred to their local enterprise agency for business support. But with a prize worth thousands for the winning businesses, it’s worth making your entry the very best it could possibly be. Here are some tips on what the BBB judges will be looking for;
Guideline Notes for completing the Entry Form:
Section 1: Please ensure you complete all sections and check that you meet the criteria for entering the competition. Any entry that fails to meet the criteria will not be eligible for the competition and the entrant will be advised accordingly.
The deadline date for submitting your entry is Sunday 31st July 2016. Any submissions received after this date will not be eligible.
Section 2 - This part is vital to your progression. It needs to be exciting; if it is not the chances of the competition entry judges reading beyond this point is greatly reduced.
You need to capture our imagination and interest, so please spend some time thinking about this. Is your business idea new or innovative? Is it something that benefits the community or addresses the needs of disadvantaged people? Is there, perhaps, an eye-opening statistic that your business idea relates to and will impact upon? It needs to be something that grabs our attention and makes us want to find out more.
Section 3 We want to know why being part of this competition is important for you and how you intend to make the business support and monetary awards work for you. How will you leverage this value and maximise it for the benefit of your business?
Remember, you have only 300 words, so think about using bullet points or other ways to get your message across succinctly as you can. Avoid unnecessary detail and convey to us only what’s really important about your idea, how you will meet your challenges and how you will utilise the support you gain through the competition.
If your entry takes you through to the next level there will be additional opportunities to tell us more.
"The Essex Innovation Programme works with established companies and small businesses to help them to develop, and take to market, innovative products and services. Find out more at www.essexinnovation.co.uk"