Quickbooks starts its search for the West Midlands best SMEs

Intuit QuickBooks, the online accounting software provider and principal sponsor of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, have launched a competition in a bid to uncover the best small business success stories in the West Midlands area of the UK.

Launched in conjunction with the Birmingham Post and Mail, the competition – Small Business Big Success – invites entrants to describe their biggest success story and how they want to develop their business in 2015.

The winning entrant will receive a prize package worth over £15,000 – including £5,000, 20 minutes of advertising on the Hawthorns pitch LED screens and free QuickBooks Online subscription for two years.

More than 16,000 start-ups were launched in the city in 2013, making it the top performing entrepreneurial city outside of the South East.

Rich Preece, Vice President and Country Manager, QuickBooks, comments, “We know that running a small business can be hard work, which is why we want to celebrate success stories, however big or small, and provide support for those looking to take their business to the next level.”

Preece continued, “Success to us isn’t just about being the most profitable or fastest growing SME. It might be about starting a business for the first time, getting ahead of plan, opening a new office, picking up a large new client or upping the number of employees. It’s about the everyday triumphs in starting, running and growing a business.”

Businesses have from today until Sunday, 1 March to enter the competition. The winner will then be selected by a panel of judges including Rich Preece, Adrian Wright, Marketing Director at West Bromwich Albion Football Club and Stacey Barnfield, Editor, Birmingham Post. In return, they’ll receive a prize package worth over £15,000, including £5,000, a full page article in the Birmingham Post, advertising at the Hawthorns at the West Bromwich Albion v Queen’s Park Rangers fixture on Saturday, 4 April, hospitality tickets to the match and free QuicksBooks Online subscription for two years.

To enter go to: www.quickbooks.co.uk/success