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Finalists Announced for 2012 National Business Awards

August 13, 2012

LONDON, August 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

– Finalists collectively turnover in excess of GBP135 billion per year and

employ over 700,000 -

Today, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange has revealed over 150
of Britain’s leading businesses and business leaders as finalists in the prestigious
awards programme. Organisations shortlisted include a range of private, public and third
sector companies, including National Grid, Marks and Spencer and London Early Years
Foundation.

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The finalists together represent an annual turnover in excess of GBP135 billion and
collectively employ over 700,000. They cover activities as diverse as digital marketing,
international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences: sectors
that reflect key areas of UK capability with high potential for international expansion.
The diverse size of the companies entering is also huge – ranging from a business with an
annual turnover of less than GBP50k to high growth and high value companies with
multi-billion pound revenues.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges, said: “This year has been a challenging
environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are
succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity. It’s good
to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size – an impressive representation
of the potential British businesses have. Congratulations to all our finalists.”

Alex Evans, Programme Director of the National Business Awards, said: “This year’s
finalists paint a picture of the new landscape of business. Organisations of all shapes
and sizes have realised the value of talent; developing the internal entrepreneurs who
will create and sustain growth and nurturing a collaborative and creative culture to drive
the innovation needed to compete for, and keep, customers at home and abroad.”

Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated
for the prestigious titles. They will now prepare to be filmed, or make presentations in
person at London’s iconic Gherkin, in front of expert juries who will decide the category
winners, which will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13th November in London.

Co chair of the National Business Awards, Prof. Dominic Swords, Henley Business School
and Economist said: “The finalists are a good representation of the British business
landscape. This list should give the wider business community reassurance about the bright
future of British business.”

Martin Stiven, Vice President of Business at Orange, part of Everything Everywhere,
said: “Now in their eleventh year, the National Business Awards highlight fundamental
principles of business – innovation and an endeavour for excellence – key Orange company
beliefs. The entries this year have really raised the bar. All finalists have shown a
great ability to adapt, successfully exploiting markets to improve their performance. Many
congratulations to all finalists and best of luck with the next stage of the competition.”

Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk
[http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk/Content/National-Business-Awards-Judges-2011/2 ]
for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event.

The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support
and advice for wounded soldiers.

Notes for editors:

Awards categories 2012

Categories open to enter:

        - The Orange Innovation Award
        - The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
        - The ICAEW Sustainability Award
        - The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
        - The Huawei Customer Focus Award
        - The Croner Employer of the Year
        - Transformational Change of the Year
        - The Start-up Business of the Year Award
        - Small Online Business of the Year
        - E-Commerce Strategy of the Year
        - Business Enabler of the Year
        - The Entrepreneur of the Year

Categories run by nomination only:

        - The Orange Leader of the Year
        - The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
        - The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
        - The Leadership Diversity Award
        - The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year

The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National
Business Awards.

About the National Business Awards

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National
Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK’s most prestigious independent
business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and
ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the
nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership
and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit
http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on
Twitter @businessawards.

About Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving
visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily
brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help.
The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those
wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.

About Orange UK

Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world’s leading
telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now
covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the
Group operates. In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK
population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are
trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.

On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that
runs two of Britain’s most famous brands – Orange UK and T-Mobile UK – with plans to
transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere,
offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country.
Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK’s biggest communications company, with a combined
customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the
country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield,
Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.

For more information please call the Orange Press Office 0870 3731500, or visit

http://www.orange.co.uk/newsroom.

        For further information or interview opportunities contact:

        Rachel Branigan
        PR Manager
        UBM Awards and Partnerships
        Tel: +44(0)207-955-3843
        Email: Rachel.branigan@ubm.com

        Annelle Botha
        Head of PR and Marketing
        UBM Awards and Partnerships
        Tel: +44(0)207-234-8753
        Email: annelle.botha@ubm.com


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