The StartUp Awards National Series has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the pandemic began. In 2020, when most of the world was shutting down, more than 400,000 startups were set up in Britain, with similar increases seen in other European countries.
There was stiff competition with over 2,500 applications received in response to the Startup Awards National Series’ first-ever call for entries.
Manchester-based PropCall has been named one of the most exciting new businesses in the region having been shortlisted in the Innovative StartUp and Merseyside StartUp categories.
PropCall, launched after Director Aaron Mcwilliam found a gap in the market; a need for skilled Property Managers that assist with out-of-hours and weekend calls or support businesses during the day.
He said: “As a business that is just over a year old, myself and the team are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in these national awards. PropCall has grown exponentially and I’m really excited to take the business to the next level; continuing to support the Property Industry with our revolutionary out-of-hours call answering service by skilled Property Managers.”
Supported nationally by BT, EY, Dell & Intel, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals across the UK who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.
Co-founded by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the new series follows the success of the Wales StartUp Awards, after organisers recognised the exceptional potential in the startup scene across the other British regions.
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards National Series, said: “New firms are important for generating economic prosperity, employment opportunities and innovation. Since 2016, the Wales StartUp Awards have celebrated this amazing annual contribution to our economy by entrepreneurs and the impact they have on communities across the nation.
“Given the sheer volume of phenomenal startups we’ve heard from since then, as well as the huge post-pandemic shift in people’s desires to take their career in a new direction and set up a business against the odds, we felt it was the right time to take the programme nationwide. We’ve been blown away by the standard of entries in this first year and truly look forward to crowning the winners in June.”