It’s been two weeks since Virgin Media Business launched VOOM 2016, its search for the most exciting businesses in the UK and Ireland, and now it’s up to the public to have their say on who should make it through to the next round.
Already more than 300 businesses have launched their campaigns to pitch to Richard Branson, with another 900 working hard to complete their applications before the May 10th deadline. The public will have until May 23rd to cast their votes to decide the top 160 businesses that will take part in a pitchathon held in London on June 1st and 2nd.
“Over 1,200 of the best and the brightest businesses from across the UK and Ireland have already registered for Virgin Media Business’ VOOM 2016. They are now waiting on everyone to get voting,” Richard Branson said.
“Don’t let your city be left behind in the pitch stakes. Manchester is currently well ahead of Liverpool and Leeds, and Nottingham isn’t even in the running yet. My wife Joan, a proud Glaswegian, will also be pleased to hear that its streets seem to be paved with more business plans than Edinburgh’s.
“VOOM 2016 is about shouting loud and proud about how entrepreneurial your city is. Get your pitches in today, start campaigning for those votes and crown your city Britain’s most entrepreneurial. Today’s the day to show your support and use your vote! You never know, we could be meeting on June 28th.”
Last year more than 2,600 businesses entered the Pitch to Rich competition and more than 750,000 votes were cast. Pitches included an eclectic mix of ideas from a five star dog hotel and stick-shaped teabags to a hologram developer and self-service currency exchange machines.
Richard Branson and VOOM 2015 winner
“The response to Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 has been incredible,” Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business said. “The businesses that have already applied can now start ramping up the noise and getting those public votes. But it’s not too late for those who haven’t yet joined us. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a gem of an idea, or an existing business that wants to get the boost your deserve, VOOM 2016 is your chance to make the leap.
“If last year’s entrants are anything to go by, I am looking forward to hearing countless innovative and inspiring ideas over the next six weeks.”