£15,000 Support for Small Business & Accountants – #SupportSmallBizUK

By Jake Martin

7 min read

Small businesses have big wishes – we support them with £15,000

LoveOurLocalBusiness.com – £15,000 for brilliant British businesses that have a wish!

If you had one business wish, what would it be?

To celebrate the launch of the new Intuit QuickBooks Online and strengthen our support for small businesses, startups and accountants in the UK we are giving away £15,000 to 11 small businesses that have always thought “if only I had a ……. “. Together with our award-winning partner StartUp Britain who is supporting this six week campaign we’ve launched “Small Business. Big Wishes.“: www.LoveOurLocalBusiness.com (the domain says it all).

Love Our Local Business UK

#SupportSmallBizUk – Enter & vote on LoveOurLocalBusiness.com

What would help your business grow and thrive? It could be new company branding or a better computer, or a reward for you employees and customers.

Submit your wish, get people who love your business to vote for you, and your wish may be granted. Please #SupportSmallBizUK by sharing this article.

>>>>>>>  Good luck – and wish now!  <<<<<<<<<

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to keep up to date about new prizes, winners and updates. Here’s a stream of content and the official press release for media contacts is now live as well.

Winners:

November 5, one £1,000 prize:
Congratulations for the first winner: The Best Deal Guide . The winner engaged the community strongly and daily, used social media to share and amplify in their social networks and collected a high volume of votes. We think the reward will have a significant impact and help the business to move to the next level and grow.

  • November 12, three £1,000 prizes: 3 Winners have been selected and are in the process of being contacted and published here.
  • November 19, three £1,000 prizes: coming – keep on sharing your wish
  • November 26, three £1,000 prizes coming – keep on sharing your wish
  • December 11th, £5,000 prize: coming – keep on sharing your wish


 

FAQs

1. What’s the Love Our Local Business – Small Business, Big Wishes campaign all about?
We love small businesses and accountants and believe they are vital to our economy’s success. That’s why we decided to grant 11 small business wishes to help them grow this autumn. You can participate by submitting your business wish (worth up to 10 x £1,000, 1 x £5,000) and sharing your wish with friends and fans. Encourage them to vote for your own wish to help it come true!

2. How do I enter?
Visit www.loveourlocalbusiness.com and click “Wish Now” on the homepage. Then follow the simple steps to enter:

  1. Describe your wish (in 600 characters or fewer)
  2. Enter your contact info
  3. Optional: Upload a photo. (This won’t increase your chances of winning, but helps give a face to your business. Make sure your photo doesn’t include any trademarks, and if other people are in the photo, make sure that you have their permission to use it.)

3. How many wishes can I submit?
You can only submit one wish per business, so we recommend resisting the urge to submit it more than once (to avoid splitting your votes).

4. Who’s eligible to enter?

  1. You must be over 18 years old (or over the age of majority of your place of residence)
  2. You must own a small business, defined by having 50 or fewer employees
  3. Your business must be in the UK only

5. When can I submit my wish?
Wish submission is open between October 28, 2013 and December 11th, 2013.

6. When will winners be announced?
A total of eleven prizes totaling £15,000 will be awarded. We’ll announce winners on the Intuit UK Facebook and Twitter page (@IntuitUK). Potential winners will be notified by and email after they’ve been selected. Drawings will occur on the following schedule:

-November 5, one £1,000 prize
-November 12, three £1,000 prizes
-November 19, three £1,000 prizes
-November 26, three £1,000 prizes
-December 11th, £5,000 prize

7. Can I submit a wish after November 5?
Yes! You can submit a wish even after we begin granting wishes. Of course, the sooner you submit your wish, the more time you have to get everyone to vote for it (votes make a difference!) The last day for submitting a wish is December 11th, 2013.

8. How are winning wishes selected?
Our panel of judges selects winners based on the nature of the wish, how the wish will transform your business, and how many votes your wish receives. Votes alone don’t determine the winner, but they make a difference.

9. What if I don’t have a lot of fans to vote for me?
Just do your best and you’ll be surprised how many people in the community will be happy to support you! Share your wish on your social networks, tell customers and ask them to tell others.

10. Why don’t I see my wish in the gallery?
After submitting your wish, please refresh the page to see it. We’ll exclude some wishes if they’re duplicates or inappropriate in nature. Also, make sure you toggle to your country of residence (in the top right-hand corner of the page) as the contest spans the UK.

11. Why am I not seeing all my votes?
After voting, just refresh your screen to see the latest vote count. We only allow one vote per person, per day, to keep things fair and protect against automated votes. Duplicate votes are also eliminated, which is why you may not see your vote count go up even if your fans continue to vote for you.

12. What happens if my wish wasn’t selected on the first day of wish granting? Do I need to do anything to be considered again?
Our panel of judges will consider all wishes on each of the wish granting days – if you’ve submitted a wish, you don’t need to re-submit to be considered for subsequent days. And just because yours wasn’t selected in the first round, it doesn’t mean you don’t have more chances – we’re granting a total of 11 wishes! To improve your chances, make sure to share your wish and get everyone who loves your business to vote for it.

13. Is this contest available only in the United Kingdom?
No, this specific contest is running in Canada as well at the same time (do you have any contacts there who might be interested?). Love our Local Business is an ongoing international campaign. Previous Love our Local Business campaigns have run in the United States and Australia with a total of thousands of participants.

Tips

Give your wish some heart
Be descriptive. Pull on our heartstrings! We want to hear not only what your wish is, but WHY this one thing would make a real difference for your business.

Make sure we’re a good fit
We support all kinds of small businesses – and while we love that it’s a free country to start just about any (legal) small business you could dream up, winners of the Small Business, Big Wishes campaign will need to be “G-rated” and appropriate for the general public. Bottom line: make sure the contents of your wish wouldn’t be considered offensive.

Make sure your wish is really “grantable”
While it’d be super cool if we were genies who had unlimited wish-granting powers… we can only grant wishes that would cost £1,000 or £5,000 (for the grand prize) to come true. And though we, too, certainly wish for world peace and endless supplies of ice cream, we’re only so powerful. Make sure your wish is within the limits of what we can truly grant!

Get out the vote
Votes can make a difference in which wishes get granted – so spread the word via your social networks, email list, friends and family, or whatever method you like, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #SupportSmallBizUK!

>>>>>>>  Good luck – and wish now!  <<<<<<<<<

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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