Award for Best Start-Up

Sponsor: London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

Richmond Council is delighted to be supporting the Chamber and RTT’s Richmond Business Awards this year and to be sponsoring the Best Start Up Business Award category. With one of the country’s highest rates of self-employment, entrepreneurialism is a defining characteristic of our workforce. Celebrating the success of new start-ups is particularly important now in a time of increasing economic uncertainty with Brexit on the horizon, a challenging retail environment and ever increasing overhead costs.

This Award also compliments our brand-new business support programme – Richmond Enterprise Challenge: Step Up; Start Up and Scale Up which is aimed at pre-start-ups, early stage and growing businesses to give them the focused support they need to develop and grow – building a firm foundation for our future local economy.

We look forward to seeing some great new businesses opening in Richmond and to celebrating their success at the Richmond Business Awards Black Tie Gala Evening in November.

Entry Guidelines:

To enter you need to be a business or organisation in Richmond upon Thames or do significant work in the borough. When completing the entry forms please use metrics for example proportion of turnover, %, numbers in your evidence – this will assist in the judging. All sizes of businesses and organisations are invited to enter and all will be judged according to their size. If you do not have all the answers you could still win – our independent judges will judge you fairly. The number of characters allowed per question indicates the maximum – by no means do you have to use all of these to answer the questions fully. Please attach any additional evidence such as press releases or testimonials or confidential business balance sheets to support your entry. Any additional questions about entering any of the categories please contact

Entry Form for Best Start Up

Your Name

Your Job Title

Your Email

Your Phone Number (mobile and/or landline)

Name of business or organisation

Please indicate your business sector, type of activity, approximate turnover & no. of employees

1. Are you a Business or Self-employed Start-up that was created in the last 2 years? - max 20 words

2. Are you based in London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames either as a resident or a business location? - please specify - max 20 words

3. Is your business/or are you principally trading in London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames? Please specify? 50 words

4. Does your business have less than 10 employees?

5. Have you overcome a personal barrier to achieve business success? - max 50 words

6. To what extent have you used new technology to develop your business and give it a competitive edge? Please provide an overview of how this has been achieved.

7. Demonstrate how you learn new skills or use mentoring to ensure business success - max 100 words

8. Show how you have use networking effectively to generate business - max 50 words

9. Show how you have developed a sustainable business that has the capacity to grow and employ others - this is a key information for the judges to see how your business is developing - max 1000 words

10. Business or self-employment is generating income and is profitable - please share cash flow/ any other financial profit/loss data in confidence here with the Chamber of Commerce and it's independent judges max 200 words

11. To what extent have you implemented any business practices which support the protection of the environment such as: recycling; reduction in carbon footprint; reduction in single use plastic; and so on.

12. Who will collect the award in November at the awards ceremony should you win?

Please upload your company logo and any other documents relevant to your entry here (max. 5Mb)