South Western Railway launches £12,000 prize packages for small firms

South Western Railway is running a competition to win five recovery packages worth £12,000 for small businesses

In a bid to help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 crisis, South Western Railway is giving away five prize packages worth £12,000.

Each recovery package includes £2,000 of bespoke equipment and marketing support from South Western Railway (worth £10,000), including promotional activities within their train stations. The £2,000 can be spent at any UK electrical, furniture or office supplies online retailer. It cannot be used to purchase resale or second-hand items.

Two of the businesses will win the top prize of a tailored business package plus advertising on Smooth or Heart Radio.

Locals can nominate their favourite businesses, as long as they are based in London and the South West. Firms in the following locations are eligible:

  • London
  • Dorset
  • Exeter
  • Hampshire
  • Berkshire
  • Sussex
  • Surrey
  • Middlesex
  • Wiltshire
  • Isle of Wight

The business must have premises, along with a Facebook or Instagram account, to qualify for the competition. It must not be a sub-brand of a larger organisation.

If your business is selected for a radio slot, you must be available to pre-record a remote radio advert between July 20-26.

In addition, all customers who nominate their favourite business will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £1,000 cash prizes.

Entrants must explain why their nominated business should win and demonstrate that the business is ‘feel-good, upbeat and worthy’. Any listener must obtain permission from the business owner before entering. If they don’t their entry will be excluded.

Nominations can be submitted through Smooth or Heart Radio’s websites and must be completed by 11:59pm on Sunday July 19. Entries are limited to a maximum of 300 characters.

South Western Railway’s commercial director, Peter Williams, said, “local businesses are the lifeblood of the regional economy, now more than ever it’s important we support them. This campaign will allow our customers to celebrate the local businesses that are at the heart of their communities.”

Find the full terms and conditions here

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Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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