eBay have announced the eBay for Business Awards 2018 a celebration of the most successful and inspiring firms amongst the 200,000 small and medium sized businesses which sell in the UK.
eBay sellers of all sizes can enter for free today. Successful sellers could win a £5k cash prize, a trip to the USA, as well as tailored assistance to help boost their online store. The Awards will be open for entry until July 22nd.
eBay on the hunt for the best and most inspiring idea creators and businesses across the country. It’s not all about having the biggest business or the fastest growth, many of last year’s winners were smaller businesses but they had inspirational stories or carved out a unique niche with their business. It’s all about telling a story that will capture the imagination of aspiring eBay sellers and prompt them to take the leap and set up their business.
“It’s this success that really motivates us as a business. We are dedicated to helping even more small businesses grow, and will be identifying some of the rising stars on the platform through the second annual eBay for Business Awards.”
– Rob Hattrell, eBay UK VP
Hear what the 2017 winners had to say
eBay’s Top Tips for a Great Entry
- Why should eBay pick you?
- Try to paint a picture with your entry. A picture that tells eBay everything they need to know about your business.
- Think about the past and present, but also what the future holds.
- How did it all start? When did you first take the plunge and start your own business or come up with your idea?
- Who or what inspired you to go for it?
- What has the journey been like? Were there any challenges or triumphs along the way?
- Was there a time you nearly threw in the towel? What made you carry on?
- And when was your ‘lightbulb’ moment, when you knew you were on to something?
- Importantly, explain why you think you deserve to win?
- Give an idea of what it’s like to walk in your shoes. Send photos of your products, your team, or your ideas.
- Plus, remember to tell what the future may hold. What happens next? And how could winning an eBay business award help you to get there?
Tamebay Top Tip for a Great Entry
Last year we heard from some readers that thought that their business was more deserving and should have won, but you have to be in it to win it! If you want you and your business to have a chance of winning then you need to fill out the entry form.
Rob Hattrell, Vice President eBay UK
His grandfathers were both entrepreneurs, and enabling entrepreneurship is one of his main priorities as head of the UK organisation.
Murray Lambell, Vice President of Trading of eBay UK
He uses his decade of experience with eBay buyers and sellers, across multiple markets, to unlock opportunities for businesses to trade.
Janine Dutton, Director of Belle Lingerie
Started out on eBay in 2003, from her kitchen table while raising three toddlers. She is now the director of her multi-million-pound company, Belle Lingerie, has been named Business Woman of the Year in her region, and recently received a Drapers Digital Award for the company’s website.
Chris Dawson, Editor of Tamebay
Sold on eBay for a decade as a professional seller before co-founding the Tamebay blog. Today, Chris is Editor of Tamebay following its successful acquisition by the InternetRetailing publishing group.
Ed Snelson and Hannah Benson, The Print House
Award winning finalists of last year’s Business Awards. Ed and Hannah wowed the judges with their inspiring story. The couple launched their printed goods business, The Print House, from home, while holding down their day jobs. Five years on, Ed and Hannah run the business full time, from two commercial units, and employ eight people. They plan to continue expanding the business and double their workforce in the next 18 months.
Dan Cotton, Myldan Auto Design Ltd
Started his business, when he was just 19 years old after working for his dad’s engineering company. Dan spotted an opportunity to sell small car components on eBay and since then, his business Myldan Auto Design Ltd, has continued to grow from strength to strength. Dan won an eBay for business award and turned over his first million.