Lycamobile announced as National Business Awards Finalist
Lycamobile has been shortlisted for The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year Award at this year's National Business Awards in partnership with Orange. Headquartered in London, Lycamobile is a prepaid mobile SIM card provider that provides low-cost, high-quality international and national calls and has successfully accomplished its milestone acquiring 20 million customers in over 15 countries.
Going up against the likes of Baringa Partners and MVF Global Ltd, they will battle it out for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on 13th November in London.
Leslie Copeland, CEO, Vitesse Media and judge for the category said: "Lycamobile is racing towards an ambitious revenue target and its goal of becoming the world's leading low-cost high-quality pre-paid mobile call provider."
Milind Kangle, CEO, Lycamobile said: "Since our launch in 2006, Lycamobile's vision set by our Group Chairman and Founder, Subaskaran Allirajah and unique strategy has powered the company to 15 countries and over 20 million customer activations". 
"To be recognised by such an esteemed institution as the National Business Awards is an absolute honour and testament to the hard work, commitment and sound growth strategy the team has worked tirelessly to cultivate and implement.  I am extremely proud."
All National Business Awards finalists represent an annual turnover in excess of £135 billion and collectively employ over 700,000. They cover activities as diverse as digital marketing, international road haulage and logistics, water engineering and life sciences: sectors that reflect key areas of UK capability with high potential for international expansion. The diverse size of the companies entering is also huge - ranging from a business with an annual turnover of less than £50k to high growth and high value companies with multi-billion pound revenues.
Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges said: "This year has been a challenging environment for British businesses: these finalists demonstrate how companies are succeeding in the current climate through innovation, originality and tenacity. It's good to see a broad range of companies both in sector and size - an impressive representation of the potential British businesses have. Congratulations to all our finalists."
The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.
Visit for a full list of all finalists and to book a table at the event.

For further information or interview opportunities at Lycamobile contact:
Angelina Hunt/Oliver Pink
Tel: 0207 927 9999

Immaculate Kamya
Tel: 0207 536 6450 
For further information or interview opportunities at National Business Awards contact:
Rachel Branigan
PR Manager
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: 0207 955 3843
Annelle Botha
Head of PR and Marketing
UBM Awards and Partnerships
Tel: 0207 234 8753
Notes for editors:
Awards categories 2012

Categories open to enter:
  • The Orange Innovation Award
  • The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
  • The ICAEW Sustainability Award
  • The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
  • The Huawei Customer Focus Award
  • The Croner Employer of the Year
  • Transformational Change of the Year
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Small Online Business of the Year
  • E-Commerce Strategy of the Year
  • Business Enabler of the Year
  • The Entrepreneur of the Year
Categories run by nomination only:
  • The Orange Leader of the Year
  • The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
  • The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
  • The Leadership Diversity Award
  • The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year
    The Grichan Partnership is the official executive search partner for the National Business Awards.
    About Lycamobile
    Lycamobile is a prepaid mobile SIM card provider that provides low-cost, high-quality international and national calls and has acquired over 20 million customers across 15 countries (UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Germany, Poland Ireland and Portugal). Lycamobile is available through an extensive network of more than 750,000 retail outlets. The brand was initially introduced in 2006 and is already Europe's largest pre-pay MVNO. Lycamobile continues to grow rapidly with further market launches planned throughout 2012.
    About the National Business Awards
    Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
    About Help for Heroes
    Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.
    About Orange UK
    Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%. Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited. On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK's biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161. For more information please call the Orange Press Office
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