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Naked Wines shortlisted for two National Business Awards

Online wine retailer Naked Wines has today been named one of Britain’s most innovative and sustainable businesses, as finalists in the 10th annual National Business Awards.

Launched in December 2008 by former Virgin Money and Virgin Wines’ Founder Rowan Gormley, the Norwich-based company has been shortlisted for the Orange Innovation Award and the WorldPay Online Business of the Year.

Rowan Gormley, CEO, Naked Wines said: “Our customers and winemakers will be delighted to hear we’ve been shortlisted for these two big awards. In an age-old industry stunted by snobbery and dubious marketing practices, we have proven a new way of doing business around collaboration rather than confrontation, and it’s testament to their willingness to embrace a new way of doing things. Thirty five winemakers are only in business today through upfront customer investment, and winning these awards would help us spread the word and build on this success.”

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Chair of Judges of the awards, said: “The economic climate continues to present UK businesses with an unprecedented challenge: it is therefore particularly encouraging that the entries in this year’s National Business Awards have shown no drop in quality or performance. Congratulations to all finalists for demonstrating tremendous strength in their ability to adapt and innovate which no doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of UK enterprise.”

Sherry Coutu, Investment Committee, NESTA, who sat on this year’s shortlisting panel, added: “The passion Naked Wines holds for wine producers and wine drinkers makes it easy to understand the growth they have been experiencing and the innovation they have brought to the industry.”

The 160 finalists, which include Debenhams, JD Wetherspoon, moneysupermarket.com, BSKyB and Majestic Wine, will now prepare to make their presentations in person before an independent, expert judging panel in September and October at the offices of Coutts & Co at 30 St Mary Axe, London.

Organised by UBM plc, winners will be honoured at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Tuesday 8th November, where George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will deliver this year’s welcome address.

To find out more about Naked Wines and the winemakers they support visit www.nakedwines.com


Publisher: Naked Wines
Website : http://www.nakedwines.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nakedwines
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nakedwines
Contact Details: francesca.krajewski@nakedwines.com / 01603 281 800


NOTES

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all 2011 finalists.

The combined turnover of all National Business Awards finalists this year were £96bn. While there were plenty of examples of aggressive growth among all entrants, through acquisition as well as organic, the finalist organisations that stood out were those taking steps to ensure growth is sustainable – innovating to become leaner and concentrating on core strengths rather than over-diversifying.

About Naked Wines:

Together with their customers, Naked Wines invests in independent winemakers from around the world, in return for exclusive wines at preferential prices.

The website is a hybrid of wine merchant and social network, where customers can chat directly to one another and the winemakers.

They’ve recruited over 175,000 customers to date, and sell an average of 10,000 bottles of wine a day.

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