At Amazon, we are committed to championing growing businesses across the UK. Whether it is helping them sell online and export their products abroad on Amazon Marketplace, providing growing businesses with easy access to innovative cloud computing through Amazon Web Services, or enabling budding authors to self-publish through Kindle Direct Publishing, we are always looking for ways to help growing businesses achieve their potential.

Over half of our sales globally came from third party businesses selling on Amazon sites around the world. Small businesses are critical to Amazon’s success.

That’s why we are proud supporters of the Amazon Growing Business Awards, the Rural Business Awards, and the National Business Awards ‘Digital Business of the Year’ in the UK.

We were keen to get involved with these award programmes because SMEs and entrepreneurs have a track record of raising the bar of the customer experience through innovation and new ideas. More and more, technology and the internet are levelling the playing field between businesses big and small, urban and rural, and companies that capitalise on this with great ideas to provide great customer service should be celebrated and rewarded.

Therefore, as the world gets smaller and the opportunities get bigger, there could not be a better time to champion and recognise the achievements of UK small and medium-sized businesses, and help shine a spotlight on their success.