Growing Business Awards 2013 shortlist announced

Growing Business Awards 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlisted nominees have been announced for this year's Growing Business Awards, the most highly supported national recognition of high-growth SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Today we are excited to announce the shortlist of nominees for this year's Growing Business Awards (now in their 15th year), which are hosted by Real Business, supported by the CBI and in association with Lloyds Bank.

These exciting, innovative businesses have been defying the difficult financial climate and leading the charge for economic recovery.

Former GBA winners include Sir Richard Branson, Lastminute.com, Wonga, Innocent Drinks, Tyrrells Potato Chips and Betfair.

This year's winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 23rd at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square.

The shortlist is as follows:

Company of the Year - Larger Firms
C M Downton
Churchill Retirement Living
de Poel
Forrest
WorldStores
Zoopla Property Group

Company of the Year - Mid-sized
ActivTrades
Acturis
ECO Plastics
Gritit
ITH Pharma
Tusker
We Are Social

Digital Champion
Blippar
Mubaloo
Nutmeg.com
Struq
WorldStores

Entrepreneur of the Year
Chris Rea, managing director, AES Engineering
Adrian Pike, CEO, Anesco
Rob Halliday- Stein, founder and MD, BullionByPost (Jewellery Quarter Bullion)
Alexander Temerko, director, business development and deputy chairman, Offshore Group Newcastle
John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group
David J. Brown, co-founder and CEO, Ve Interactive

Export Champion of the Year
Advanced Insulation
Fracino
MPM Products
Oliver Valves
Sun Mark
Ukash

Innovator of the Year
Direct Healthcare Services
Just Eat
Mesaplexx
Plan Bee
Swiftkey
Versarien

The "Local Hero" Award
Balhousie Care Group
Drewton's Farm Shop
Postcode Anywhere
The Change Organisation

The "Made in Britain" Award
Chase Distillery
Fracino
Offshore Group Newcastle
Oliver Valves
Versarien

Young Company of the Year
Alva
Anesco
FieldCandy
Neon Play
Secret Escapes
VouchedFor.co.uk

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Suleman Sacranie, founder, 99p Shopper
Rob and Paul Forkan, founders, Gandys
Steven Bartlett, managing director, Wallpark Online (Wallpark.com)
Rishi Raichura, managing director, Yorkshire Gas and Power

The Growing Business Awards 2013 are hosted by Real Business and supported by the CBI in association with Lloyds Bank. Our other supporters include Land Rover, MWB Business Exchange, Spring Law, the Regional Growth Fund, Vistage, Business by easyJet and Visa.