Online golf score tracking company honoured by Nott Tuesday and Berryman
Nottingham, May 13th 2009: Last night golfshake.com (www.golfshake.com) was named as Nottingham’s best technology start-up thanks mainly to the international scalability of the business. The competition was organised as part of the monthly networking event Nott Tuesday (www.notttuesday.com) which aims to promote and support technology businesses in the region and sponsored by Berryman (www.berryman.co.uk), a Nottingham law firm.
The judges were particularly impressed by the pitch from golfshake.com’s Managing Director Darren Ramowski, in particular the user base that the company had already developed. The existing business model and revenue streams, as well as the growth potential proved to be the winning elements for golfshake.com.
“We had a great night and to be voted as the best start-up just tops it off. It was exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking to pitch to such a knowledgeable panel and audience, so I’m glad they could see the value in what we are doing,” said Darren Ramowski, Managing Director of golfshake.com.
The event was held at Bluu bar in Nottingham’s Lace Market and each company was given two minutes to pitch to the judges in front of an audience of some of the region’s most successful technology business men and women.
“The competition was of a very high standard and all of the entries were great. Berryman works with a large number of Nottingham’s and the region’s technology companies, both established and start-up, so our involvement in Nott Tuesday is a logical development of this focus,” said Duncan James, Head of Business Services at Nottingham legal firm Berryman and one of the judges of the award.
Ramowski continued, “As Europe’s leading golf score tracking, handicap and community website we’ve seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months with golfers spreading the word to their playing partners. The next step for us is to further expand our user base and to help as many golfers as possible improve their game.”
The judges were very impressed with the overall, high standard of the entries and a special commendation was given to Nik Le Page (http://twitter.com/niklp) who, at very short notice, pitched an interesting take on the issue of online profile management.
Honourable mentions also go to Aware Monitoring (www.awaremonitoring.com), a website monitoring firm; Buyers4Cars (www.buyers4cars.co.uk), a company that allows car buyers rather than sellers to advertise their requirements; and Simple Lifeforms (www.simplelifeforms.com) developers of exciting new social games.
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Notes to Editors
About the Judging Panel
Mike Butcher - editor of TechCrunch Europe, the most influential web site covering technology start-ups in Europe. If it’s been started-up then Mike has probably seen it, he’s the man to know in the tech start-up space.
Doug Ashby – an award winning entrepreneur, who founded, built and finally sold his company, Computer Parts International in 2006. He was a speaker at the Nott Tuesday March event discussing ‘Retirement at 45, Heaven or Hell?’
Duncan James - Head of Business Services at Nottingham legal firm Berryman. Duncan’s particular specialism is MBOs, MBIs, business sales and purchases.
Berryman is a Midlands law firm, based in Nottingham, with 130 staff and 18 partners. The company offers a broad spectrum of specialist legal and advisory services for both businesses and individuals with specialist teams in Commercial Property, Corporate Finance, Employment and HR, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Services and Insurance.
Berryman is recommended by the Legal 500 and the firm's Managing Partner is James Jarvis and its Chairman is Richard Brackenbury.
About Nott Tuesday
Nott Tuesday was founded by Adam Bird, MD of Esendex (www.esendex.co.uk) to offer an alternative networking event for technology companies based in and around Nottingham. The technology sector, like any sector, has specific challenges and opportunities that have to be approached and Nott Tuesday was established to help people tackle those challenges with the benefit of other’s experience. So every 2nd Tuesday in central Nottingham people meet to help make Nottingham a technology powerhouse.
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