ECONSULTANCY HONOURED AT THE NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS
11/12/2011

Advansys awarded the Small Online Business Award at the National Business Awards 2011 in celebration of the benefits of ecommerce solutions.

Online PR News – 12-November-2011 – – Econsultancy celebrated with the cream of British business last night at the prestigious and influential National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The company, founded in 1999, was awarded with the Advansys Small Online Business of the Year Accolade.

Econsultancy, an online membership organisation, is where the world’s digital marketing and ecommerce professionals meet to sharpen their strategy, source suppliers and discover how to do everything better online. Today the company has more than 105,000 members globally and offices in London, New York and Dubai. Judges said of the company: “Confounding the cynics, Econsultancy is proving that charging for content is a perfectly sustainable and profitable business model.”

Kurt Wilson, CEO at Advansys said: “Advansys warmly congratulate Econsultancy on their award and applaud their innovation and enthusiasm in bringing together marketing and ecommerce professionals from around the world. We are extremely proud to have sponsored the Orange Small Online Business of the Year Award and to have awarded a successful company who also share our passion for e-commerce.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP delivered the welcome address to 1,100 top UK business leaders and entrepreneurs in attendance including Dr Richard Ward, CEO, Lloyd’s; Jasmine Whitbread, International CEO, Save the Children; Martin McCourt, CEO, Dyson and Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next who won the Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business.

“The National Business Awards are a celebration of the very best in British business. They are a unique opportunity to recognise the hard work you all do, as small businesses or multi-national companies, to achieve commercial success”, said Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP.

“Day in and day out I meet the sorts of businesses that are up for an Award this year and they all have one thing in common: a relentless capacity to focus on results. It is from that effort and endeavour that great things emerge – new ideas, new products and new jobs”, the Chancellor added.

Awards host BBC presenter John Humphrys ensured that the evening’s action packed programme ran smoothly with 17 award presentations and an outstanding performance by previous finalists, the 200-strong Rock Choir whose Director, Caroline Redman Lusher, was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business, Orange, said: “Looking at the quality of award entries, the UK is overflowing with businesses that are consistently delivering outstanding performance – from sole traders to large corporates. The economy needs companies like these – world-leading businesses that employ some of the UK’s most talented people. That’s why we’ve partnered with the National Business Awards for the last decade – to recognise and reward great British businesses.”

Liverpool’s Bibby Line Group won the 3i Private Business of the Year category; London-based Johnson Matthey seized the Coutts & Co Large-Cap Business of the Year Award; while Gloucestershire-based Renishaw, was presented with the Grant Thornton Mid-Cap Business of the Year accolade.

Paul Lindley, Founder and CEO of Ella’s Kitchen was awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year award, online wine retailer Naked Wines secured the WorldPay Online Business of the Year, while publishers ShortList Media, triumphed with the Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year honour.

“The National Business Awards are unique in that any organisation – from the smallest SME to the largest FTSE, and from charities and social enterprises to government agencies – can compete for recognition on the same playing field”, said Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges at the National Business Awards. “It’s vitally important, as many seek to transform in the post-recession economy, that good ideas and approaches are shared between the public, commercial and third sectors”, Bottomley added.

Nearly 100 eminent judges across multi disciplines brought their insight and expertise to the judging which saw over 150 of the UK’s most exceptional organisations from the public, private and third sectors complete a three-stage judging process culminating in ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentations.

Commenting on the quality of entries, Baroness Bottomley concluded: “Now in their tenth year, and continually growing in relevance and status, the National Business Awards are the most prestigious accolades within the business community. Huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists – those who are recognised this year should consider themselves the very best of the best.”

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for the full list of winners and images.

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About the National 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 tenth 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 www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
2011 WINNERS THE NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ORANGE

• The Orange Innovation Award
Winner: Harvard Engineering, Wakefield

• The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
Winner: Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive, Next

• Transformational Change of the Year
Winner: Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Rugby

• The Huawei Customer Focus Award
Winner: Ovo Energy, Kemble

• The Croner Employer of the Year
Winner: Rackspace, Uxbridge

• The Excellence in Marketing Award
Winner: British Heart Foundation, London

• The ICAEW Sustainability Award
Winner: InterfaceFLOR, London

• The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
Winner: Unruly Media, London

• The Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Paul Lindley, Founder & CEO, Ella’s Kitchen, Henley-on-Thames

• The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
Winner: Chemistry Group, Binfield

• Advansys Small Online Business of the Year
Winner: Econsultancy, London

• The WorldPay Online Business of the Year
Winner: Naked Wines, Norwich

• The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
Winner: ShortList Media, London

• The 3i Private Business of the Year
Winner: Bibby Line Group, Liverpool

• The Grant Thornton Mid-Cap Business of the Year
Winner: Renishaw, Wooton-Under-Edge

• The Coutts & Co Large-Cap Business of the Year
Winner: Johnson Matthey, London

• The Orange Leader of the Year
Winner: Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO, MITIE Group

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