HP Go Global Awards 2015

Representing HP’s commitment to promote the best achievements of the UK’s SMBs and to celebrate their innovation and significant contribution to the UK economy.

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The Awards

The HP Go Global Awards shine a light on some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative and expanding SMBs, recognising the achievements of those that have successfully entered the international export market and encouraging those looking to break into new territories.

The awards echo Go Global’s original principles – that small business owners should not shy away from international trade opportunities because of perceived language, currency, cultural and business barriers.

The total number of HP Go Global Award entrants will be whittled down to a six strong shortlist, with all six offered a complimentary place on Enterprise Nation’s upcoming 2015 trade mission to China, gaining access to one of the world’s biggest markets, as well as invaluable training and consultancy.

Two overall winners will go on to receive an HP Go Global Award for ‘Best Breakthrough Exporter of the Year’ and ‘Next Breakthrough Exporter of the Year.’

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Criteria

Breakthrough Exporter of the Year

In a maximum of 500 words, define the market entry strategy that you have undertaken to enter the export market. Be sure to include the following within your submission:

* Shortlisted businesses may be asked to provide audited accounts.

Judging will be based on the written submission above. Award entrants are also welcome to attach any additional materials they feel will support their entry – such as marketing collateral, presentations, image(s) or video(s) – maximum size : 25MB. These are not judging criteria, however and may not be taken into consideration.

'Next' Breakthrough Exporter of the Year

This will be a two stage process.

  1. Written submission of maximum 500 words.
  2. A shortlist will be invited to London on Wednesday 12th August to pitch their market entry strategy to the HP Go Global Award judges.

Stage 1: Written submission of no more than 500 words

* Shortlisted businesses may be asked to provide audited accounts.

Judging will be based on the written submission above. Award entrants are also welcome to attach any additional materials they feel will support their entry – such as marketing collateral, presentations image(s) or video(s) – maximum size: 25MB. These are not judging criteria, however and there is no guarantee that supporting evidence will be taken into consideration.

Stage 2: A 20 minute presentation on your market entry strategy, followed by Q&A with the judges.

The presentations will be in London on 12th August 2015 and all successful candidates will be required to present in person. The date is not transferable and any business not able to attend on that day will no longer be shortlisted.


Shortlisted SMBs

On 14th August HP & Go Global will announce the 6 shortlisted SMBs who will have won a complimentary place on Go Global’s mission to China in September. All finalists will be invited to our SMB networking event / lunch in London on Friday 4th September where we will announce our 2 overall HP Go Global Award winners.

If you have any questions about the HP Go Global Awards or the entry process, please email HPUKGoGlobal@porternovelli.co.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 3pm on Friday 31st July 2015. Shortlisted entries will be announced in early August 2015.

To put forward your business for the HP Go Global Awards, simply fill in the form here.

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Judging Panel

The awards will be judged by a panel of business experts including;


Terms and Conditions

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Prizes

In addition to their place on the mission to China, the two winners will receive:


Starting to export overseas or expanding where a business trades internationally is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding moments in a company's life. I am very proud to be involved with the businesses and people who are making this big step and look forward to providing helpful support and guidance where I can. Richard Bearman
UK Director of Small Business, HSBC
The HP Go Global Awards build on the success of HP’s Smart Business Awards which recognise SMBs from across the UK, representing a diverse range of business types from Versarien, who develop advanced engineering solutions to HelloFresh, who deliver perfectly portioned groceries and recipes to cook at home George Brasher
Vice President and General Manager, Printing and Personal Systems, HP UK and Ireland