The shortlist for the Startups Awards 2012 has been announced and Pinehurst based business CircleCider is amongst the finalists.
CircleCider owned by Nick Howard is one of 35 companies from across the country that has been named as a finalist for the awards and is hoping to win one of the 14 trophies up for grabs at the glittering ceremony in London in December.
The Startups Awards, sponsored by NatWest and organised by Startups.co.uk, celebrate the success of businesses in the UK that have been trading for less than three years.
CircleCider has been shortlisted for the Adversity Business of the Year along with two other companies. Nick is a small scale cider producer making still and cloudy ciders from hand picked apples from small orchards often bringing them back into use. The company was founded when Nick was made redundant from his bid management job in the construction industry just over a year ago.
Duncan Bannatyne, of Dragons’ Den fame, will lead the judging panel alongside a number of other highly successful entrepreneurs and business experts including James Hurley, enterprise editor for the Daily Telegraph and Kevin Byrne, managing director of checkatrade.com.
David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, commented: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s Awards. We received hundreds of entries from an incredibly diverse range of companies.
“The final shortlist really is a fantastic example of the prosperous and highly successful start-up businesses we have here in the UK. Congratulations to all the companies who have made it this far and good luck for the Awards ceremony!”
The full shortlist is available at www.startupsawards.co.uk
This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens, on Friday 7 December 2012.
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