Prize package on offer for winner of THE ONE contest

From left, Julie Clements, Natalie Perillo of My Ruby and Nichola Cain of Voice Communications, thre

From left, Julie Clements, Natalie Perillo of My Ruby and Nichola Cain of Voice Communications, three of the supporters of THE ONE competition for 2015. - Credit: Archant

Entrepreneurs across the region are being given the opportunity win a package of business support worth more than £30,000 with the launch of THE ONE competition for 2015.

The contest, now in its sixth year, is being run by founder Nichola Cain, managing director of Essex-based Voice Communications, in partnership with a number of other business service providers.

It is open to businesses in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire which have been running for up to five years.

The winner’s prize will involve a package of support including PR consultancy and implementation from Voice Communi-cations, design Consultancy from Phelan Barker, website consultancy from Rubber Cheese and online marketing from Climbing Trees, each to the value of £5,000.

Also included will be legal support from Goody Burrett Solicitors to the value of £4,000, leadership and management coaching from Julie Clements to the value of £3,500, accountancy advice and annual returns from LB Group to the value of £3,000, business consultancy from Graham Broughton Consulting to the value of £2,500 and telephone recepion services from MyRuby for a year, to the value of £1,500.

To be in with a chance of being named THE ONE for 2015, and winning the prize, complete the online entry form available at by Friday, October 30.

Entrants will be required to provide a description of their business, product or service, details of their achievements to date, their ambitions and ideas about what they would use the prize package to achieve.

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The judging panel will select a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation of their business idea on November 24, at Layer Marney Tower, near Colchester.

Nichola Cain said: “We are very excited to be starting our search once again for THE ONE. The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for us to help an entrepreneur grow their business and raise their profile through the power of PR, design and marketing and other crucial areas of business support.

“Our winners from last year, The Foraging Fox, have gone from strength to strength and are now listed on Ocado and are in 250 independent deli and farm shops.”

Frankie Fox, founder of The Foraging Fox, based near Bishop’s Stortford, said: “Winning THE ONE Competition in 2014 was an incredible experience from start to finish. It has given us the platform to grow at a faster rate than we could ever have anticipated.

“To have such a wealth of experience and talent behind you is simply invaluable. Winning the competition when we did at an early stage of our company’s development gave us such an advantage. It gave us the opportunity to define our brand clearly, to communicate it widely and to commercialise it wisely.

“We cannot thank The THE ONE judges enough for their time and commitment to us and we could not recommend highly enough the benefits of entering this competition.”