Record number of entries for this year’s awards will see businesses from right across the UK compete for prestigious accolade

London, 13 October, 2014: Following a successful quarter for the UK’s SME and entrepreneurial market, the shortlist for this year’s Real Business Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, is announced today.

From Brewdog and Graze to We Are Social and First Utility, the range of businesses and sectors in this year’s 60 strong shortlist demonstrates the vast array of business excellence present across the UK. Now in its 16th year, 2014 has seen a record number of award entries across the 12 categories, which include Retail Hero and Export Champion of the Year. Shortlisted companies include

Shortlisted companies include Orangebox, Rock Chemicals, Steelite, Heck Foods, Meltech, Bulldog Skincare

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A Lancashire based lighting firm received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Last week, Jeff Fuller, owner of The Light Yard, tweeted the ex Dragon about his business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that  runs
weekly. Theo re‐tweeted Jeff’s message to his 445,000 followers and as a result, the business (www.thelightyard.com) has 200 more followers and extra orders for their handcrafted pendant and wall lights.

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 After a major restoration project, supported by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent officially opened as a new visitor destination on the 24th June 2014. As part of this event, Frances and Dominic Bromley from Scabetti were invited to present their work to HRH The Prince of Wales.

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British designers are in increasing demand around the globe for their high quality of craftsmanship and traditional skills. Big international audiences are attracted to events that showcase these skills, such as Clerkenwell Design Week and the London Design Festival.

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From 2nd - 4th October 2014 BoB will once again transform the iconic Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell into Britain's Largest Pop Up Department Store.

Visit us and find over 200 of the best in British brands; From cars, boats and bikes to the highest quality men and womenswear, from jewellery and accessories through to furniture and furnishings BoB is proud to be the standard-bearer for the finest product range available anywhere in the world.

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The search is on for the UK’s most exciting and entrepreneurial growing businesses

The Real Business Growing Business Awards - now in its 16th year - is on the hunt for the best UK firms which are helping drive economic recovery, amid reports that SMEs are set to help UK GDP growth hit 3.1%* this year.

The awards, in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, are the most established and respected national recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success, championing businesses in sectors such as exports, innovation and digital  including is the popular 'Made in Britain' category.

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