Welcome to THE ONE Competition, helping new businesses grow.

If your business is based in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire, is under five years old and would benefit from £25,500 of business support, THE ONE Competition is the competition for you.

Key dates

  • The One 2017 launches – Open now!
  • Entry deadline – 31 January 2017
  • Shortlist announced – 7 February 2017
  • Finalists to present to the judges – 20 February 2017
  • Winner revealed – 21 February 2017

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It’s all about your business...

Are you looking to take the next important step in your business growth? Do you think you have something to shout about? If so, we’re all ears!

THE ONE Competition brings together top businesses in the region to offer an unrivalled package of business support, advice and service, enabling the winner to spread their wings and take their business to the next level.

The winner's journey will start with a review of their current business model, working with you to determine your business objectives and setting targets for growth.

Our dedicated team of judges will be there to support you and offer expert advice on all aspects of your business, at every step of the journey.

Finalist Winners

...and opportunity

Our prize fund includes a fantastic array of services and support, helping your business evolve:

  • PR consultancy to the value of £5,000
  • Design consultancy to the value of £5,000
  • Leadership coaching to the value of £3,500
  • Accountancy advice to the value of £3,000
  • On-line marketing to the value of £2,500
  • Web design to the value of £2,500
  • Business consultancy to the value of £2,500
  • Call answering service to the value of £1,500

How to Enter?

In addition to some qualifying questions, entrants will be required to provide a description of their business, an outline of their achievements and ambitions, as well as explaining what they hope to achieve from winning the prize.


The competition is open to companies based in Essex, Suffolk or Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire which have been trading for less than five years.

The Judging Process.

Entries that make it through to the shortlist will be invited to present their pitch to the judges.

Pitch presentations will last approximately 15 minutes, followed by questions from the judges.

Past Winners

  • Winning THE ONE Competition meant a great deal to everyone at the Rose & Crown. All the services provided by the judges were invaluable to us, which allowed me to have more free time to focus on my business and the cooking. The judges knowledge played a large role in helping to increase brand awareness about the Rose & Crown and to increase footfall to the pub.

    The Rose & Crown
    THE ONE Competition Winners 2010
  • Winning THE ONE Competition has taught us a lot about how different aspects of our business needed to work in order to thrive. The feedback and help from the judges all the way through the process was invaluable. Our brand is much stronger, the website looks fantastic and the support we received from all the companies involved was beyond expectation.

    Raw Nibbles
    THE ONE Competition Winners 2013
  • Winning THE ONE Competition in 2014 was an incredible experience from start to finish. It has given us the platform to grow at a faster rate than we could ever have anticipated. To have have such a wealth of experience and talent behind you is simply invaluable.

    The Foraging Fox
    THE ONE Competition Winners 2014
  • The judges have been very helpful; their strategic approach has really helped me make the most out of the prize fund available. I’m truly grateful for all the support I have received from each and every judge and would encourage any business who fits the criteria to apply!

    The Lampshade Company
    THE ONE Competition Winners 2015

Meet the Judges!

Nichola Cain

Public Relations

James Phelan

Design & Branding

Julie Clements

Professional Development

Richard Francis


Alex Holliman


Peter Andrease

Web Design

Graham Broughton

Business Consultancy

Natalie Perillo

Telecoms, Reception & PA Services