THE ONE: Competition offers �40K package of business support

A PRIZE package of business support worth more than �40,000 is on offer for one of East Anglia’s top entrepreneurial businesses with the launch of THE ONE competition for 2012.

THE ONE, now in its third year, is open to start-up businesses from Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk, with the winner to be chosen on the basis of a competitive pitch to a panel of judges.

The competition, originally the brainchild of Nichola Cain, managing director of Voice Communications is again being run through the East Anglian Daily Times in conjunction with a number of other successful businesses in the region.

Previous winners have included Edward Halls of the Rose & Crown restaurant at Great Horkesley, near Colchester, and, last year, Alec Williamson of Calvors Lager, based at Coddenham, near Needham Market.

The chosen winner of THE ONE competition this year will win a prize package consisting of:

: : PR consultancy and implementation from Voice Communications to the value of �5,000;

: :Advertising in the EADT to the value of �5,000;

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: : Business consultancy from Angela Kimberley to the value of �3,500;

: : On-line marketing from Climbing Trees to the value of �5,000;

: :Legal support from Ellisons Solicitors to the value of �3,500;

: :Accountancy advice and annual returns from LB Group to the value of �3,000;

: : Leadership and management coaching from Julie Clements (24 hours of one-to-one coaching) to the value of �3,500;

: : Call answering services from MyRuby to the value of �1,500;

: : Design consultancy from Phelan Barker to the value of �5,000; and

: : Website consultancy from Rubious to the value of �5,000.

All of the business support and services are to be used over the following 12 months. In addition, the Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex chambers of commerce have agreed to provide a year’s membership for the winner.

The competion will be judged by a panel including Nichola Cain from Voice, Duncan Brodie of the East Anglian Daily Times, Angela Kimberley from AK Ltd, Alex Holliman of Climbing Trees, Seamus Clifford from Ellisons, Stuart Sheldrick of LB Group, Julie Clements from Personal Growth Academy, Natalie Perillo of My Ruby, James Phelan from Phelan Barker and Greg Goodson of Rubious.

To be in with a chance of being chose as THE ONE for 2012, complete the online entry form available at by Friday, October 26.

Entrants are required to provide a description of their business, product or service idea, details of their achievements to date and their ambitions and ideas for the future, including what they would use the prize package to achieve.

Entry is only available to businesses which have been trading for less than five years and are based in Essex, Suffolk or Norfolk

The judging panel will select a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation on their business at Layer Marney Tower, England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, which is hosting the competition this year. The final judging takes place at the end of November, with the winner to be announced shortly afterwards.

Nichola Cain said: “Following the success of last year’s competition, we are excited to be starting our search once again for THE ONE.

“The competition offers a fantastic opportunity for us to help an entrepreneur raise their profile through the power of PR, design and marketing and other crucial areas of business support.”

Duncan Brodie, business editor of the EADT, added: “We are delighted to be working once again with Voice Communications and the other supporters of THE ONE.

“Each of the past two competitions have been keenly contested, with a number of potential winners emerging, and we feel sure that similar stories of success and growth potential will emerge this year, despite the challenging economic climate.”

For any questions regarding THE ONE competition, please contact Nichola Cain by emailing .