Dragon Duncan to pick best new business

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DRAGON’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne is to lead a judging panel for the best new business in the East of England in the Startups Awards 2012.

The awards, sponsored by NatWest recognise the success of Britain’s newest businesses which have been trading for less than three years.

There are 13 categories including trade, freelance, online and innovative business of the year.

David Lester, founder of Startups.co.uk said: “As one-in-three start-up businesses don’t make it beyond the first year of trading, we are rightly proud of the Startups Awards which recognise those that successfully negotiate these early hurdles.

“I am confident we will have another fantastic pick of companies which will show that despite the recession, British innovation is still booming.”

Nominations close on September 14 – visit www.startupawards.co.uk