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LONDON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

-Finalists announced for 2014 National Business Awards-

-Visit for full shortlist-

Over 140 of Britain's leading businesses, business leaders and social enterprises have been revealed as finalists for the 2014 National Business Awards, including ten companies that have been shortlisted for The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year Award.

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The finalists for this award include -
Bulldog Skincare For Men
LSBF and InterActive WorldWide
MPM Products limited
Scuf Gaming
Spencer Ogden
Tangle Teezer Ltd

Recognising British businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth, this Award focuses on all aspects of growth - including sales, profit, headcount, geographical expansion, and acquisition. It will go to the organisation demonstrating the best levels of growth for its size, sector and how long it has been trading - with judges looking for the most robust plan for sustained financial performance.

David Whileman, Partner at Inflexion Private Equity said: "We are delighted to announce such a strong line-up of finalists for Inflexion's International Growth Business of the Year Award. We had a fantastic response from a diverse range of companies. Our finalists represent the success and sustained financial growth British businesses are achieving from international expansion. We are honoured to partner with these prestigious awards, championing Britain's strong economic recovery."

This year's finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 15 award categories. They will now make live presentations to a multi-disciplinary panel of judges who will decide the overall winner for each accolade, to be announced at the National Business Awards ceremony on 11 November.

The finalists announced represent categories including the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year, Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year and the Market Gravity Innovation Award. The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year finalists and The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business winner will be announced over the coming months, with the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year finalists announced last month following a judging event in Liverpool.

Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of Judges for the National Business Awards said: "These finalists represent some of the most innovative and inspiring businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises the UK has to offer. In my role as Chair of Judges I'm always interested to see what the finalists are doing differently to stand out in their fields, and this year we have some fantastic examples of success. I'm looking forward to seeing them through the 'Dragon's Den' style judging events."

This year's shortlisted businesses cover activities as diverse as retail, technology, men's grooming products, telecoms, construction, advertising, entertainment, and publishing. Of the businesses shortlisted, 24% turnover under £5m, 26% turnover between £5m and £25m, 15% over a billion and 10% are not for profit organisations. The smallest business recognised has a turnover of just £23k with the largest reaching £20 billion. With finalists collectively employing over 850,000 people, the smallest has just one member of staff while the largest employs around 165,000 people globally.

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards said: "The diversity and quality of this year's finalists have firmly established the National Business Awards as the talent scout for UK plc, with market leading household names recognised alongside the best emerging business brands. With a variety of industries represented, these recovery-leading businesses have demonstrated the return on investment in people, innovation, customer service and leadership."

Visit a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event on 11 November 2014.

The National Business Awards supports The Prince's Trust, a charity that offers practical and financial support to young people who need it.

About the National Business Awards

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its 13th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.

Categories include -
The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business
The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year
The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year
The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year
The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year
The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year
The UKTI Digital Business of the Year
The New Business of the Year
The Customer Focus Award
The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award
The Social Enterprise of the Year
The Santander Corporate Citizenship Award
The Market Gravity Innovation Award
The Growth Business of the Year
The Employer of the Year
The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year
The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year

Official Partners

The Grichan Partnership, Friendly Pensions and Lime HR.

About UBM Live

The National Business Awards is organised by UBM Live. UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

For further information or interview opportunities contact:

Rachel Branigan
Tel: +44(0)207-955-3843

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