Viking Direct and WinWeb Announce Contest That Could Win Your Small Business £10,000

Viking Direct, the direct-mail office supplies channel of Office Depot in Europe and the UK, and WinWeb, providers of online small business software, today announced a competition that provides small businesses the opportunity to win £10,000.

How would your business spend £10,000? Could you convince an expert panel that you deserve it? Those are the questions being asked by WinWeb and Viking Direct at the 2009 Business Startup Show.

Whether you’re already running your own business or are just drawing up your business plan, your winning ideas could net you extra cash to invest in marketing, production, or even personnel for your small business.

Simply visit to register your business ideas (300 words or less), including how you would spend the £10,000 prize to help your business, and it could be shortlisted to be judged by an independent panel led by Prof. Ian Angell of the London School of Economics. Customers will have up to 15 minutes to pitch the proposals to the judges on Viking’s Midas Touch Stand at the Business Startup Exhibition on the 26th November 2009.

We’re constantly inspired by the entrepreneurial endeavours of our small business customers, and in their inventiveness and ability to survive and prosper in these challenging times,” said John O’Keeffe, Marketing Director for Viking Direct. “We also know how hard it can be to branch out on your own and to keep the momentum going through difficult periods. That’s why we’re delighted to have teamed up with WinWeb in offering what we’re sure will be a very welcome surprise for our small business winner.”

I’m passionate about small business because of its positive impact on individuals and local communities. Helping small businesses to succeed is my personal goal and that of WinWeb’s services,” said Stefan Töpfer, CEO, Chairman and Principal Customer Care Agent of WinWeb. “By running this competition, I hope to encourage more people to realise their ambition of starting a small business and to help grow established small businesses.”

All submissions must be received by Saturday 31stOctober. Visit for more information, including rules and regulations.

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