Press Release | 29 Mar 2022

Vodafone and Wasps launch new competition offering small businesses the chance to win in-stadium advertising space and more

The first 100 entries to the competition will win Wasps’ home game tickets.

  • Vodafone launches its Vodafone Business Champion Award in partnership with Wasps, to identify, support and promote small businesses.
  • The winning business will receive a fully branded matchday advertising space as well as exposure across Vodafone Business social channels.
  • The first 100 entries will win Wasps’ home game tickets.

Vodafone and Wasps have launched the Vodafone Business Champion Award, offering a small business the chance to win rewards including fully branded matchday advertising space, a full day’s access to The Vodafone Business Lounge at the Coventry Building Society Arena to host a business event, and much more.

The first 100 businesses to enter will win tickets to the last Wasps Men’s Rugby home game of the season.

The Vodafone Business Champion Award recognises small businesses that can inspire others. Vodafone and Wasps want to celebrate and support UK businesses with valuable rewards that recognise the courage it takes to launch a business at such a challenging time.

To enter the Vodafone Business Champion Award, visit the V-Hub by Vodafone small business support website to start and submit your nomination.

Applicants must showcase how they have overcome challenges in the past year, been an inspiration to others, and are encouraging the next generation of business owners.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges, including Wasps Group CEO, Stephan Vaughan; Vodafone Head of UK Small and Medium Business, Andrew Stevens; and Wasps stars, including Brad Shields, Josh Bassett, Iona Christian and Flo Williams. Entry is free and open to all small UK businesses (50 employees or fewer) until 19 April.

Josh Bassett and Brad Shields, partners in drinks brand ‘Social’ and Wasps Rugby teammates, said: “As business owners ourselves, we can’t wait to see this campaign go live. This is a great opportunity that we wished was available when we started.

“Increased exposure can potentially open many doors for a business; and when starting out, every opportunity matters.”

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Jenk Oz, 16, founder & CEO of Thred Media, won the business mentoring session through Vodafone’s latest Shout Out for Small Businesses competition.

Andrew Stevens, Vodafone Head of UK Small and Medium Business, said: “We’ve developed the Vodafone Business Champion Award in partnership with Wasps to continue to show our support for small businesses. This is to help businesses grow, using Vodafone’s online presence and the huge audience and reach of Wasps – it’s about giving really valuable, targeted exposure.”

Find out more about Vodafone’s Business Champion Award, and enter the competition, on the Vodafone UK website.

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We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months, through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. Our full fibre services are now available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

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