24 May 2016

The search is on for the best local E-Business as Northampton College adds its support as a Platinum sponsor of the inaugural SME Northamptonshire Business Awards.

The college is interested in hearing the success stories of local businesses that have used online innovation and creativity to develop their strategy.

The E-Business of the Year is one of 15 categories in the SME Northamptonshire Business Awards that were launched in April designed to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising SMEs in the county. Entries can be made online via www.northamptonshireawards.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday, 8 July 2016.

The College’s Assistant Principal, James Whybrow, has been selected as one of the judges who will help assess the entries from a broad spectrum of businesses at a panel to be hosted by the college at its Booth Lane campus in July.

He said,

“The internet has changed the way businesses operate with low start-up costs and fewer overheads. The best businesses operating in the virtual world can provide better value for customers at a lower cost than ever before.

“A good online business creates its brand and shop window in ‘the cloud’ and provides access to its services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Doing business in this way can benefit the local economy and allows individuals the freedom to work more flexibly.”

James will join a panel of judges including Jon Corbett from Barclays and Councillor Tim Hadland from Northampton Borough Council.

The Grand Final awards ceremony will take place on 27 October 2016 at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel & Spa.