TheBestOf wins E-Company of the year

thebestof, the online business directory and community website franchise, has been voted the best E-Company of the year at the Sharp Edge Awards. Almost 500 companies vied for the top slots at the awards with TheBestOf beating off new media stars and to become the online business of 2007.

The awards, which were presented at a prestigious red carpet gala dinner in London on February 19th, have become acknowledged by industry as a spotlight for entrepreneurial excellence. They are designed to bring together the UK's most dynamic and innovative businesses. A leading panel of entrepreneurs, investors and experts judged the awards. These included Duncan Bannatyne of BBC Dragons' Den, René Carayol who is one of Europe's leading speakers on e-business, Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, and Mike Clare, CEO of Dream.

The judges were looking for companies who are not simply entrepreneurial but are long-term businesses with real growth potential. TheBestOf's Chief Executive Nigel Botterill comments: 'We are really thrilled to win this award and receive this recognition. There are lots of exciting things happening in the online space, so to be considered the best e-business in the UK by such a prestigious panel of business gurus such as René Carayol - one of the world's top authorities on e-commerce and the new economy - is a huge accolade and endorsement for what we're doing.'