TheBestOf Rockets in at No. 28 in List of 100 Top New Businesses

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thebestof, a national network of local marketing websites, run by local people, that champion the best businesses in their area, has been voted number 28 in a list of the UK's top 100 new businesses, compiled by Startups.co.uk.

And what's even more exciting is that we have many more new and fantastic plans for this business still to come. This is an incredible development and a ringing endorsement for the hundreds of franchisees and head office staff who work so hard to ensure great local businesses get the recognition they deserve, but believe me, this is just the beginning!

Startups 100 lists the most exciting and innovative emerging small companies predicted to become the big businesses of tomorrow.

Companies were assessed on originality of concept; strength of business model; turnover; evidence of future revenues; proposition to investors; quality of management; and potential to disrupt existing markets.

thebestof's Chief Executive, Nigel Botterill commented: "It's fantastic to make it into the list, and even better to make it in so high! This is a great achievement and just shows how far we have come in such a short space of time."

The company's meteoric rise together with its forward thinking business vision all attracted the judges' attention. It has over 350 sites featuring 65,000 SMEs covering most of the UK, from Aberdeen in the north, to Plymouth in the south, from Llandudno in the west and Norwich in the East. Run by local franchisees, it features details of local businesses (from plumbers to accountants, tree surgeons to designers), information, news, events, places to go and things to do.

Matt Thomas, editor of Startups.co.uk, commented: "The economy might be floundering but the UK start-up scene remains buoyant and innovative thanks to young businesses like thebestof."

Nigel Botterill added: "And what's even more exciting is that we have many more new and fantastic plans for this business still to come. This is an incredible development and a ringing endorsement for the hundreds of franchisees and head office staff who work so hard to ensure great local businesses get the recognition they deserve, but believe me, this is just the beginning!"

Reaching No.28 in the Startups 100 comes hot on the heels of a raft of other triumphs. Since September last year, when thebestof was announced leading Midlands technology company, and ranked No.3 in Britain in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 annual league table, thebestof have gone on to win the BT Business Essence of the Entrepreneur Award and 'Innovative Business of the Year' which they picked up only few weeks ago at the Fast Growth Awards 2008.

For more information visit http://www.thebestof.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

About thebestof

  • http://www.thebestof.co.uk is a national network of local websites, run by local people, that champion the best businesses in their area
  • thebestof has established widespread coverage in virtually all the major centres in the UK. From Aberdeen in the north, to Plymouth in the south, from Llandudno in the west and Norwich in the East - and pretty much everywhere in between
  • Based in Solihull, thebestof is the brainchild of Nigel and Sue Botterill. It was set up over 2 and a half years ago and now has well over 350 franchisees who feature over 65,000 businesses between them.
  • It is the fastest growing UK franchise - ever! And was ranked 3rd in last year's Sunday Times Tech Track 100.

About Startups.co.uk

Startups.co.uk is the UK's No. 1 website for people starting their own business and is published by Crimson Business Ltd.
http://www.startups.co.uk
http://www.crimsonbusiness.co.uk

For more information contact:
David Barrett, Louise Findlay-Wilson or Hannah Aspey at Energy PR on 01993 823011
david(at)energypr.co.uk, louise(at)energypr.co.uk or hannah(at)energypr.co.uk

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