Virgin Media Business is looking for the UK’s most exciting businesses in Voom Pitch 2018 – and there’s a special award for businesses doing well internationally.
The PayPal International Award is for entrepreneurs who are broadening their business’ horizons and making waves internationally. One winner will win free processing fees on the first £100,000 payments they process on the platform – and an additional five businesses will receive exclusive one-to-one mentorship from a PayPal executive leader for six months.
According to research by UKTI, a business is 11 per cent more likely to survive if it does business overseas – and companies that do export their goods become 34 per cent more productive in the first year alone.
In 2016, TrustedHousesitters were named the winner of the exporting award at the VOOM final. Founder Andy Peck says that he thinks they won for two reasons: “First because we’re great at exporting what we do. We have members all around the world that are joining TrustedHousesitters – we’ve currently got members in 140 countries and we’ve helped save them over £150million in accommodation and pet care costs, which is phenomenal.
“But we’re also helping the UK economy because we’re bringing a lot of people here to enjoy a break in the UK and we’re helping people have a staycation. For example, if you wanted to go to the Cotswolds for a weekend, you’d still have to spend a lot of money on accommodation but now could you could go and look after a dog and live in a beautiful house and it would only cost you to get there.”