Activ Shortlisted For Nectar Business Award

Activ, the dynamic Enderby-based online business involved in website development, has been shortlisted in the Start up of the Year category of the 2009 Nectar Business Small Business Awards.

Founded in March 2008, Activ employs 15 staff at its head office at Narborough Wood Park and now has around 85 representatives offering website design to small and medium sized businesses across the UK and abroad.

In addition to its UK operations, the business has attracted licence holders in Spain, Ireland, France and Australia and is planning to take larger premises at the business park which will accommodate up to 50 staff later this year. Director Simon Rickett said Activ's success had been phenomenal, with its turnover in the first 12 months of trading in the region of £1 million.

He said: "Although we are operating in a highly competitive market, out extensive research revealed that some 50 per cent of SMEs still don't have an online presence despite the internet overtaking TV as the main focus of the nation's attention. Drawing on our previous experience of selling websites, we hit on a different and innovative marketing approach which has led to us providing sites for hundreds of satisfied customers in 12 months.”

"Our software has been developed in house buy our team of software experts and has been devised in such a way that anyone, regardless of technical expertise, can build professional-looking sites in relatively little time. Unlike traditional web designers, our representatives enjoy meeting people face to face and can actually identify and highlight ways in which a website can save a business time and money as well as ultimately enhancing its profits. We also aim to keep website development simple and easy, steering clear of jargon, and offer customers a fixed price package."

Activ is continually looking at opportunities for marketing goods, services and offers on-line. In addition to its work with SMEs, Activ has developed local town websites across the UK and entered into partnership agreements with eBay, Google and

Simon added: "We are very excited about making the shortlist in the Nectar awards and the future prospects of the Activ business, which has been beyond our expectations.