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New business awards for online European SMEs

September 13, 2012

Euronews and Google have launched a  competition to reward European small businesses that use the web to generate new business.

The leading European news channel and the world’s favourite search engine are calling on SMEs to tell their success story in a short video. The prizes include having a documentary made about your business (to be aired on Euronews, of course), online training opportunities with Google, and a business trip to Brussels.

The competition is open to small and medium-sized business in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. The video should be filmed in English, be up to 60 seconds long, and uploaded to www.youtube.com/euronewsbusiness by 23rd September 2012.

Within the minute, your business must describe its main activities, the state of the marketplace, your objectives, and how you aim to meet these objectives. You should also summarise how you have use the web to help grow your business (e.g. using social media, online advertising, etc.)

The three categories in the competition are:

1. Women in business (a female business owner who has used the Internet to grow her business).

2. Going international (using the web to expand from a local to global market).

3. Growing online (a business that has used the web to improve sales / improve efficiency).

Once a select jury has created a shortlist, the public will then be able to vote for their favourite videos, and the winners in each category.

The award ceremony will be help in Brussels on 17th October during European SME week.