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Blossoming new business eTickets.to has been unveiled as one of four finalists at the Startups Awards 2007 in the ‘Innovative Business of the Year’ category, handing it the chance to win the £5,000 top prize.

The short listing judges were impressed by eTickets.to’s concept and potential, placing the business among a handful of lucky finalists plucked from hundreds of entries.

eTickets.to is a revolutionary new online service which allows event promoters to sell electronic tickets directly to their end customers over the internet – removing the need for a booking agent (who usually adds a hefty booking fee which the consumer has to pay).

The Startups Awards, organised by Crimson Business’ Startups.co.uk, comprises of 16 categories, each showcasing the best new businesses in the UK. The overall winner will walk away with a £5,000 cheque.

Endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and underlining its commitment to identifying and rewarding the UK’s best new businesses, the fourth annual Startups Awards is organised in conjunction with NatWest.

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 Wednesday 31 October.

Matt McNeill, founder of eTickets.to comments: “We are thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘Innovative Business of the Year’ category. We’ve been growing very quickly since we launched just under 12 months ago and this is the second major award we’ve been shortlisted for - we are looking forward to the event in October”

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 2007, 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 Martin Webb, entrepreneur & presenter of Channel 4’s Risking It All, Tim Campbell, winner of BBC’s The Apprentice, 2005 and Jonathon Moules, entrepreneurship Correspondent, Financial Times.

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.

Additional sponsors include BarterCard, brighter business, BT, NetRegs, Yellow Pages, amen, brother, BPS, eoffice and Business Link.

For further information about Startups Awards 2007 visit www.startupsawards.co.uk or telephone 020 8334 1680

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Notes to editors:

eTickets.to

eTickets.to is a revolutionary new online service allowing event promoters to sell tickets direct to their customers. eTickets.to cuts out the middle man, putting the promoter in control and lowering costs for the consumer.
eTickets.to

Startups.co.uk

The 2007 Startups Awards is organised by Startups.co.uk – the UK’s largest website for people starting and running their own businesses. Startups provides free help and advice to 160,000 new visitors every month. www.startupsawards.co.uk

NATWEST

The 2007 Startups Awards, is headline sponsored by NatWest Business Banking. As one of the leading banks for small business, NatWest understands the difficulties of running a successful business and knows just how much work it takes. NatWest has an extensive network of local Business Managers and offer a dedicated relationship service to all business customers including a direct line to each business manager, free face-to-face advice and phones manned 24/7. In addition, it offers free and discounted business banking for up to two years, a free start-up course and a comprehensive range of banking solutions tailored to your business needs.

www.natwest.co.uk/startup

For information on eTickets.to please contact:

Nikki Wright on 07957 434517 or at nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk

For press information on the Startups Awards, please contact:

Ella Gascoigne on 02083341682 or at ellag@brimsonbusiness.co.uk

For information on the 2006 Startups Awards please contact:

Sandra du Toit, The Events Team, Crimson Business, telephone: 020 8334 1680 email: sandrad@crimsonbusiness.co.uk

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