At TheEmployable, we love nothing more than highlighting new, innovative and some may say “different” business ideas – the business concepts that go against the grain, that stand out from the rest, that are truly unique. Whilst some of the businesses and business ideas we have featured may vary considerably in terms of their business sector or target markets, the one underlying thing that they all have in common is the fact that they started with someone coming up with an idea, a different way of working, a new product or an innovative service.
The reality, though, is that the next unique, innovative or “different” idea could come from you.
So, if you are the enterprising sort who has a quirky idea, or an unusual concept or simply a business dream that you would love to become a reality, there is no better time than the present to start putting the wheels in motion to make it happen.And if you need a little extra motivation to get started, then perhaps this is what you have been waiting for….
Orange have just launched a competition to find the UK’s next Different Business. And in terms of different businesses, they are certainly well qualified. Since they launched in 1994, Orange have always sought to stand out from the competition. No mean feat when you consider how they entered into an already extremely competitive marketplace. Orange after all were the first mobile company to introduce per second billing for calls and the first to introduce innovative rewards for their customers like 2 for 1 cinema tickets and pizza deals.
And this “Different Business” competition is another innovative direction for the company. And in the present economic climate, it should certainly be welcomed with open arms.
Orange are looking for people with a fresh idea, who want to start and run a successful business, people who are creative, adaptable, innovative and fearless.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, then visit winyourbusiness because Orange want to hear all about it. The entry process couldn’t be simpler and is clearly outlined in the entry guide – all Orange want from you is simply your “Sales Pitch” and a straightforward Business Plan.
In essence, the judging panel, which includes some of the UK’s most successful business leaders, are looking for :
– a business or project that is different
– a different approach to running the business
– a robust business model
– a clear strategy for the project / business
– evidence of a market for the project / business
– a pitch that demonstrates the applicant has the necessary skills to succeed
– an idea that is worth funding and could be the UK’s next Different Business
And Orange are adamant that the fresh idea they select as the winner, doesn’t just stay a pipe dream – they want to give it the backing to make sure it happens.
Orange aren’t just handing out a token prize for the winner, getting some nice press pics done handing over the prize and then leaving it at that. No, instead they are offering a prize that not only gives your idea financial investment, but also support and advice that is invaluable to help make sure your business succeeds.
The Prize worth up to £200,000 includes all of this:
– investment capital
– mobile communications devices and plans from Orange
– business planning advice and mentoring from Kingston Smith
– marketing consultancy from Publicis Chemistry
– legal advice from Lewis Silkin
We’re sure you’ll agree with us that this type of competition is exactly what we need to see more of. The media is full of bad news stories these days, from the gloom and doom of the economy to the lack of opportunities for our young people.
But it is initiatives like this that we should be hearing about. Good news stories that are not only going to make a positive impact on the Prize Winner’s life, but also on all of us. Let’s hope that some other big players start to follow Orange’s example and start “thinking different” too.
So then, what are you waiting for? Visit winyourbusiness.com today and start putting those ideas into action!
And one more thing…Good Luck!