Winners Announced at 2012 National Business Awards

              Winners Announced at 2012 National Business Awards

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, November 14, 2012

LONDON, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  - Prime Minister and Danny Alexander,  Chief Secretary to the Treasury 
                         support British businesses -

              - Jessica Ennis talks about her sporting success -

      - Winners include Phil Smith of Cisco and Kate Swann of WH Smith -

- With Photo

The National Business Awards in partnership with Orange has revealed the 2012
winners, at the gala dinner hosted by Sky News presenter Jeff Randall.
Organisations from across the private, public and third sectors triumphed,
including Trunki, Marks & Spencer and London Early Years Foundation.

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Recognising excellence, innovation and ethics in UK plc, the eleventh annual
National Business Awards were opened with a video address from the Prime
Minister, which highlighted Government support for British business. Chief
Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander also addressed the 1200 business
leaders that attended the event, whilst Olympian Jessica Ennis wowed the crowd
with her story of determination and success. Other influential attendees
included Sir Roger Carr, Chairman of Centrica and President of the CBI and
Chair of Judges, Baroness Virginia Bottomley.

Prime Minister David Cameron described British business as being in a 'global
race' and commented: "It is people like you who are helping us lift our
economy out of a very difficult time and who'll help make sure that Britain
doesn't just compete in this global race, but really thrives in it. I want to
thank-you for everything you're doing and I want to congratulate everyone for
being recognised at the National Business Awards."

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: "The Government is
delighted to support this year's National Business Awards. As a celebration
of the very best in British business, they are a valuable opportunity to
recognise the hard work and dedication of UK companies - from micro businesses
to multi-nationals - in achieving the success which drives economic growth."

Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco UK and Ireland was honoured with the prestigious Orange
Leader of the Year Award, an award decided by a combination of public vote and
a ballot from a panel of 35 senior executives from across the business
community. Kate Swann, CEO, WH Smith received the Daily Telegraph Award for a
Decade of Excellence in Business for her distinguished career leading retail
businesses and turning round WH Smith's fortunes. Other winners include Shutl,
the web service who organise immediate and convenient delivery of online
shopping, who took home the Start-Up Business of the Year Award, with judges
commenting that they have been setting new standards for delivery and service
in its sector.

Joseph Joseph was crowned the BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year winner,
with Ella's Kitchen, producers of organic baby and toddler food being awarded
the 3i International Growth Business of the Year. Registered charity, London
Early Years Foundation won the Transformational Change of the Year award for
turning a vulnerable charity into a financially secure social enterprise.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at EE, the company that runs Orange
and T-Mobile and EE, the new superfast 4G brand, said: "Congratulations to all
of this year's winners. The entries are truly remarkable and demonstrate the
considerable breadth of inspirational companies that we have in Britain today.
They are shining examples of how industry champions are pushing this nation
forward with bold innovation and impressive leadership, both of which we
believe strongly about at EE."

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said:
"Attracting household names, and those aspiring to be; the National Business
Awards are the accolade of choice for those seeking the highest recognition -
whether it's to attract talent, investment, new customers or media attention."

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The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers
support and advice for wounded soldiers.


The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business - Kate Swann,
CEO, WH Smith

The Orange Leader of the Year- Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco UK & Ireland

The Entrepreneur of the Year - Colin Stevens, Better Bathrooms

The Business Enabler of the Year - Newton Europe

The Ecommerce Strategy of the Year -

The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year - Trunki

The Small Online Business of the Year - Luxury for Less, trading as Bath

The Croner Employer of the Year - Baringa Partners

The Huawei Customer Focus Award - World First

The ICAEW Sustainability Award - Marks & Spencer

The Start-Up Business of the Year - Shutl

The Orange Innovation Award - Apetito

The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year - Joseph Joseph

The Transformational Change of the Year - London Early Years Foundation

The Leadership Diversity Award - Eversheds

The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year - Intertek Group

The 3i International Growth Business of the Year - Ella's Kitchen

The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the
National Business Awards.

About the Nation al  Business Awards Open to organisations of all sizes from
all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with
Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform
with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.
Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations'
professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought
leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme.
Visit for further information or
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About Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly
moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met
some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just
wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and
provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have
become sick in the line of duty and their families.

About Orange UK

Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's
leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the
Orange brand now covers internet, television and mobile services in the
majority of countries where the Group operates. Orange UK is run by EE, the
company that also runs the T-Mobile and EE brands in Britain. EE is the most
advanced digital communications company in Britain, providing mobile and fixed
line services to nearly 27 million customers, and is the first company in the
UK to provide 4G mobile services alongside fixed-line fibre. Its 4G service
will cover 16 cities and 20 million people by the end of 2012 and its fibre
service will cover 11 million premises by the end of the year.

EE's mobile service currently provides coverage to 99% of the population with
2G and 98% of the population with 3G.

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