TheBestOf.co.uk Wins e-Company of the Year

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TheBestOf (http://www.thebestof.co.uk), the successful online business directory and community website franchise, has been voted the best e-Company of the Year at the Sharp Edge Awards. Almost 500 companies vied for the top slots at the Awards with TheBestOf beating off new media stars, Viagogo.com and Mydeo.com to become the online business of the year.

thebestof has come a very long-way in 18 months. We now have over 300 franchises on board and we are the fastest ever growing business in the franchise sector. Not only that but the product we have created is delivering it's potential for all involved - franchisees, advertisers and visitors.

TheBestOf (http://www.thebestof.co.uk), the successful online business directory and community website franchise, has been voted the best e-Company of the Year at the Sharp Edge Awards. Almost 500 companies vied for the top slots at the Awards with TheBestOf beating off new media stars, Viagogo.com and Mydeo.com to become the online business of the year.

The Awards, which were presented at a prestigious red carpet gala dinner in London on February 19th, have become acknowledged by industry as a spotlight for entrepreneurial excellence. They are designed to bring together the UK's most dynamic and innovative businesses.

A leading panel of entrepreneurs, investors and experts judged the awards. These included Duncan Bannatyne of BBC Dragons' Den fame, René Carayol who is one of Europe's leading speakers on e-business, Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, and Mike Clare CEO of Dream.

The judges were looking for companies who are not simply entrepreneurial but are long-term businesses with real growth potential.

TheBestOf's Chief Executive, Nigel Botterill commented: "We are really thrilled to win this award and receive this recognition. There are lots of exciting things happening in the online space, so to be considered the best e-business in the UK by such a prestigious panel of business gurus such as René Carayol - one of the world's top authorities on e-commerce and the new economy - is a huge accolade and endorsement for what we're doing. "

The company's meteoric rise together with its forward thinking business vision all attracted the judges' attention. It already has sites 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.

The site has over 30,000 advertisers in the UK and in the last 7 days of January alone appeared more than 2.85 million times on people's screens in response to their search on Google. Furthermore, the total number of people using thebestof.co.uk reached around 600,000 in January. This level of performance has seen the site become the 64th most popular website in the UK - ahead of Tesco's, Yell.com and lastminute.com, according to independent web traffic monitor http://www.alexa.com

Nigel Botterill again: "thebestof has come a very long-way in 18 months. We now have over 300 franchises on board and we are the fastest ever growing business in the franchise sector. Not only that but the product we have created is delivering it's potential for all involved - franchisees, advertisers and visitors."

The Sharp Edge Award comes hot on the heels of a raft of other triumphs. At the National Sales Awards in February, Liz Jones, one of thebestof's franchisee recruitment team was voted Young Sales Professional of the Year. In 2006 the company was voted one of the best online businesses in the UK at the Startup Awards and was a finalist in the CBI's Growing Business Awards in the 'Audi UK New product of the Year' category.

To find out more visit http://www.getthebestof.co.uk or call 0121 765 5556

Notes to editors

  • Based in Solihull, thebestof is the brainchild of Nigel and Sue Botterill. It was set up 18 months ago now has over 300 franchisees
  • It's the fastest growing UK franchise - ever!

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Hannah Aspey or Louise Findlay-Wilson at Energy PR on 01993 823011

Hannah (at) energypr.co.uk or louise (at) energypr.co.uk

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