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#VOOM Pitch to Rich: Get ready for a star-studded judging line-up…

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 21st May 2015

With voting now closed, we’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who took the time to enter. We’ve been extremely impressed by the creativity, hard work and sheer determination that people have shown to get those votes in the bag.

Today we’re excited to announce the judging panel who will have the task of selecting the winning pitches at the live final on 26thJune.

These guys will judge our top nine pitches alongside Sir Richard Branson, offering their own advice based on their personal experiences as entrepreneurs and business owners. We wanted to build a panel of industry influencers who understand the ups and downs of having your own business and know how to overcome obstacles in order to achieve their goals.  We’re sure you’ll agree that this lot have some prett...

#Voom Pitch to Rich: time to recap and rewind

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 13th May 2015

#Voom Pitch to Rich: time to recap and rewind…

If you’ve been following our competition over the past month, you’ll know that we’ve reached an exciting new phase. With entries now closed, we thought now was a good time to reflect on each stage of the competition so far and, more importantly, look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen some fantastic pitches from businesses up and down the UK. The sheer level of creativity and hard work that has been put into entries for #Voom: Pitch to Rich 2015 competition has inspired all of us at Virgin Media Business.

The fact is the UK has thousands of fantastic small businesses with amazing ideas. Yet, it’s so hard to get the message out there, not only in the initial phases of starting a business, but all the way th...

Next up: Cardiff and Edinburgh. Time to show us what you’ve got…

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 27th April 2015

Next up: Cardiff and Edinburgh. Time to show us what you’ve got…   

Our Pitch to Rich UK tour is officially halfway through, as we kicked things off in style with visits to Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton. 

We met some brilliant entrepreneurs and start-ups, all with bags of passion, energy and new ideas to take their businesses to the next level.

Some of the ideas pitched so far have included: • Mark Harrison, inventor of Triple Tread - an innovative, three wheeled bicycle which aids MS sufferers to engage in exercise.• Louis Barnett, Tecniaco – which uses technology to create a method to identify and track the source of products claiming fair trade properties. • Rishi Patel, MuaMua – an online platform that helps people easily find talented, local and international stylist...

Pitch to Rich: Fuel business growth through marketing

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 23rd April 2015

For many people marketing is synonymous with massive billboards on Piccadilly Circus, titanic promotional budgets and the key success factor behind famous global brands. These associations are certainly legit but using marketing successfully isn’t all about huge budgets. SMEs across the country can really grow their business by developing their own marketing skills, employing some simple tactics and getting some free help.

Many start-ups realise early on that they need to seize these opportunities but often don’t know where to start. Let me give you the good news straight away: If you turn your fear of the unknown into a driving force, embracing marketing for your business is easier than you might think. You don’t need to be Don Draper to make marketing work for your business. Getting some...

Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton: We’re coming for you

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 14th April 2015

Our Pitch to Rich UK tour kicks off in earnest next week as we scour the country for the best and the brightest entrepreneurs and growing businesses. We start off with Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton, looking for people who fancy their chances of pitching to Richard Branson this summer and winning a share of a £1m prize pot - the biggest accelerator prize in British business history.We’re really excited to see what these cities have to offer and which businesses have the edge to go #voom. The three events, in association with Eventbrite, will give people a chance to test-run their pitch to an expert panel for feedback and advice, as well as a platform to network with local mentors and galvinise the support of their local community. So which cities will step up to the mark and show...

#VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015 – the moment’s here…

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 25th March 2015

We’ve kicked off a host of exciting projects in the last few months to help start-ups and entrepreneurs seize new opportunities and make the most of all the great technology out there.We embarked on a nationwide tour to introduce businesses up and down the country to our Big Digital Skills Hub, a free online learning tool. There was our pledge to bring better, faster connectivity to London’s Tech City. We announced a £3 billion investment into the UK’s communications infrastructure. And who could forget our very own Peter Kelly driving a black cab – quite literally – across the River Thames to launch of our new SMB offer.Today we’re very excited to announce ‘#VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015’, a nationwide hunt for the most creative and innovative business people across the UK. Finalists will have...

State of the digital nation

Posted by Duncan Higgins on 19th March 2015

The UK economy is starting to go #voom again. 90% of all tech companies across the nation expect growth in 2015 which, alongside other small businesses and start-ups, play a huge role in boosting our economy. As a country we’re getting better at nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation. Together, we can all be part of the UK success story.Clusters like Tech City in London are a great example of areas where growing companies are thriving. Most tech startups were historically based in or around London but now we’re seeing tech clusters popping up all over the country.Now 74% of digital companies are from outside of London; with Bournemouth boasting the fastest growing tech cluster in the UK (by 212% since 2010). This shows incredible progress. But we need to take our nation’s digital evolut...