The ONE competition 2014 launches today searching for one lucky start up business in Essex to be in with the chance of winning a prize package of business support worth over 30,000.

The competition is now in its fifth year and will give any new business that has been trading for under five years in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire the chance to win a prize package worth over 30,000 of business support, advice, marketing and coaching over a 12 month period.

Previous winners include last year’s champions, Raw Nibbles, based in Glemsford, Bishop’s Stortford based A-OK Care Monitoring, Suffolk based brewers, Calvors and the Rose and Crown pub in Great Horkesley.

The East of England is thriving with new start-ups and *latest figures reveal that there are around 25,000 in the area, which makes it the fourth largest region in the UK – something our budding entrepreneurs should be proud of!

The lucky winner of THE ONE will win a prize package consisting of:

< PR consultancy and implementation from Voice Communications to the value of 5,000

< Design Consultancy from Phelan Barker to the value of 5,000

< Website Consultancy from Rubber Cheese to the value of 5,000

< On-line marketing from Climbing Trees to the value of 5,000

< Accountancy advice and annual returns from LB Group to the value of 3,000

< MyRuby call answering service for a year to the value of 1,500

< Leadership and Management coaching package from Julie Clements (24 hours of one-to-one coaching) to the value of 3,500

< Legal support from Ellison’s Solicitors to the value of 3,500

< Business consultancy package from Graham Broughton Consulting to the value of 2,500

To be in with a chance of being crowned THE ONE 2014, complete the online entry form available at by Friday 31 October. Entrants will be required to provide a description of their business, product or service idea, details of their achievements to date as well as their ambitions and ideas about 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, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The judging panel will select a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation of their business idea at Layer Marney Tower, England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, the winner will be announced by the end of November 2014.

Nichola Cain, Managing Director of Voice Communications comments: “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.”

*Source: House of Commons Library. Figures from 2012.

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For all enquiries, please contact Emma Fazakerley at Ellisons on01206