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Virgin Media Business Launches Record £1 Million Prize Fund To Help Growing UK Businesses

09/04/2015 14:44 BST | Updated 22/09/2016 15:01 BST

Virgin Media Business has launched a record £1 million prize fund to help growing UK businesses.

Pitch to Rich 2015 from Virgin Media Business offers business-changing opportunities for the UK’s growing businesses and entrepreneurs, and gives them the chance to pitch to Sir Richard Branson and a team of hand-picked judges.

The initiative led by Virgin Media Business and in association with the world’s largest professional network, follows last year’s competition, Three New Things and builds on previous Pitch To Rich competitions. The objective is simple - find and support small and growing businesses and individuals helping the UK economy go voom.

Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business, said: “Every strong economy needs game-changers and through Pitch to Rich we hope to inspire even more.”

During the competition, the judging panel will also be sharing videos, news and success stories from thousands of business across the country on LinkedIn.

Winners, selected on the 26th of June by Sir Richard Branson himself, will fall under three categories: Start-up for big-potential businesses; New things for disruptive ideas; and Grow for existing business with big growth potential. Any business, of any size, is eligible to enter.

Prizes will range from £10,000 for cash towards development, to £250,000 marketing support. Winners will also receive a 12-month full internet and fixed and mobile voice package from Virgin Media Business, 12 months unlimited travel on Virgin Trains, a place on the Accelerator Network programme, a free package of pro bono advice from the ICAEW Business Advice Service and a membership to the not-for-profit private members club at The House of St Barnabas.

So, brave entrepreneurs and businesses, this is your chance to turn your ideas into success stories! Register or find out more information.