11 Sep

Budding New Business Makes Awards Shortlist!

Mazuma is named as finalist in ‘Best Service Business'

Thriving new business Mazuma has been unveiled as one of four finalists at the Startups Awards 2008 in the ‘Best Service Business' category, handing it the chance to win the £5,000 top prize.

The shortlisting judges were impressed by Mazuma's concept and potential, placing the business among a handful of lucky finalists plucked from hundreds of entries.

Mazuma is an accountancy practice serving the needs of small businesses and sole traders that has grown to a national business since its formation in Cardiff in 2006 by Sophie Hughes and Lucy Cohen.

The Startups Awards 2008, organised by Crimson Business' Startups.co.uk, in conjunction with Barclays, comprises of 17 categories, each showcasing the best new businesses in the UK. The overall winner will walk away with a £5,000 cheque.

The winners will be unveiled at a prestigious awards ceremony and three-course luncheon to be held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Thursday 30 October.

Sophie Hughes, Director, Mazuma comments: "We are thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘Best Service Business' category for a second year running and very much look forward to the event in October". Lucy Cohen, Director, Mazuma adds: "It's great that all our dedication and hard work has been recognised by Startups.co.uk, and we're delighted to be in with a chance of not only winning the category but also the much-coveted ‘Barclays Startups Business of the Year' prize."

Startups.co.uk is the UK's largest independent online resource for budding entrepreneurs and the Startups Awards is one of the leading events on the small business calendar.

To be eligible to enter the Startups Awards 2008, businesses must have been trading for less than three years, be privately owned, and employ fewer than 60 people.

This year's judging panel consists of some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, including Chrissie Rucker, founder, The White Company; Alan Giles, chairman, Fat Face and Simon Calver, chief executive, LOVEFiLM International.

The judges look at a wide range of criteria; in particular, business success either by increase in sales and unit volume, market research and identification of customer focus, organisational and team building effectiveness, strategic planning, overcoming obstacles and barriers to success, visionary leadership and social and community responsibility.

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