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Judges Name Finalists For 2013 Startups Awards

The shortlist for the tenth annual Startups Awards has been announced.
Twenty-nine companies from across the country have been named as finalists for the Startups Awards and are hoping to win one or more of the thirteen trophies up for grabs, including the ultimate accolade of being named the overall Startups Business of the Year.
Sponsored by Simply Business and organised by Startups.co.uk, the Awards recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for less than three years.
This year’s judges include Colin Gillespie, co-founder and CSO at All Response Media; James Ashton, head of business at the London Evening Standard; Fiona Wood, founder of Naturally Cool Kids; Robert Craven, managing director at The Directors Centre; Neil Morris, founder and managing director of Signalyard; Natasha Frangos, partner at haysmacintyre; Howard Graham, CEO of The Made Simple Group and Julien Callede, co-founder of Made.com and winner of Young Startup of the Year Award 2012.
Jason Stockwood, CEO of headline sponsor Simply Business will also sit on the panel with representatives from Startups.co.uk, founder David Lester and editorial director, Ian Wallis.
Highlighting the diversity of start-up businesses across the UK, the finalists for this year’s hail from a range of sectors and include yoghurt innovators The Collective, one of the UK’s largest full service mobile agencies Apptivation, online recruitment service Hiring Hub and unique skincare providers, Merumaya.
David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk, commented: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s Awards from fantastic businesses across the UK. 
“We received hundreds of entries from an incredibly diverse range of companies and the final list really is a fantastic example of the prosperous and highly successful start-up businesses we have in the country.  
“Congratulations to all the companies that have made it this far and good luck for the Awards ceremony in December!”
Sponsors include Simply Business, All Response Media, Checkatrade.com, haysmacintyre, FreeAgent and The Made Simple Group.
The full shortlist is below:
Digital Business of the Yearsponsored by All Response Media
Affectv (Tottenham Court Road, London)
Perfect Channel (Southwark, London)
Tyresonthedrive.com (Holmes Chapel, Crewe)
Service Business of the Yearsponsored by Checkatrade.com
Central Working (Shoreditch, London)
PetShopBowl.co.uk (Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire)
Tinc (Melksham, Wiltshire)
Innovative Business of the Yearsponsored by haysmacintyre
Affectv (Tottenham Court Road, London)
Hiring Hub (Piccadilly, Manchester)
Tyresonthedrive.com (Holmes Chapel, Crewe)
Young Entrepreneur of the Yearsponsored by The Made Simple Group
Chosen Bun (Fulham, London)
Hamlyn Williams (Westminster, London)
MarketInvoice (Old Street, London)
Freelance & Home-based Business of the Yearsponsored by FreeAgent
Lovework (Oxfordshire, Henley on Thames)
Ruby Star Associates (Northwich, Cheshire)
Victoria Eggs (Islington, London)
Franchisee of the Year
Driver Hire (Colchester, Essex)
Ripples  (Chelmsford, Essex)
The ZipYard (Altrincham, Cheshire)
Funded Business of the Year
cloud.IQ (Shoreditch, London)
Crowdcube (University of Exeter, Exeter)
YPlan (King’s Cross, London)
Mobile Business of the Year
Apptivation (Holborn, London)
EVRYTHNG (Holborn, London)
YPlan (King’s Cross, London)
Mumpreneur of the Year
Merumaya (Kensington, London)
Little Bird (Farringdon, London)
Turtle Tots (Flax Bourton, Bristol)
Product Business of the Year
Tinc (Melksham, Wiltshire)
The Collective (North Acton, London)
The Raspberry Pi Foundation (Caldecote, Cambridge)
Silver Fox Award for the Year
Education Quizzes (Spalding, Linconshire)
Freetricity (Wandsworth, London)
Plan Bee (Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Women in Business Award
Hiring Hub (Piccadilly, Manchester)
Merumaya (Kensington, London)
The Collective (North Acton, London)
Simply Business Startups Business of the Year
Announced on the day.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 6th December 2013. Finalists, judges, journalists and sponsors will be attending these prestigious awards.
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