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Online retailers make awards shortlist

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Online retailers are among the finalists in the National Business Awards, announced this week.

Naked Wines , which sells UK consumers wines direct from the vineyard, has been shortlisted in the Orange Innovation Award while Cheapflights, the airline ticket company, is shortlisted both for Business Link Growth Strategy of the Year and for the 3i Private Business of the Year.

Online short-term finance company is listed in the BlackBerry Customer Focus Award category.

A spokeswoman for Naked Wines said the company was “chuffed” to appear on the list just 18 months after launch.

Meanwhile e-commerce supplier companies also appear in the shortlists.

Internet marketing company e-mphasis is listed for the Excellence in Marketing award, hosting company Racklisted is shortlisted for employer of the year. Nick Ogden, chief executive of voice payment company Voice Commerce is shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year, along with Warren Cowan of Greenlight and Marcus Simmons of online and advertising company iKnow-UK.

Make it Cheaper, the comparison website for businesses is listed in the Santander small to medium sized business of the year category, along with multichannel car hire firm Easi-Drive. Retail Decisions, the payment and fraud solutions company, is shortlisted in the Grant Thornton Mid-Cap Business of the Year category.

Elsewhere the Internet Watch Foundation is listed in the Better Regulation Award.

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