Following the success of last year’s Everyday Heroes awards, which saw local businesses and individuals across the UK rewarded for the difference they had made during lockdown, O2 has announced that nominations have opened once again for 2021.

This year’s awards will celebrate independent and small businesses, and the individuals behind them, who have gone above and beyond to support their communities or have remained resilient and resourceful in the face of adversity. Nominees will have the chance to be gifted £5,000, as well as everyone who votes being in the running to win £250 cash to spend on their local high street, or however they wish.

Entries are now open and don’t close until Friday 6th August, leaving plenty of time for you to nominate deserving small businesses and enterprises who have gone the extra mile.

This could be a business leader who started providing a much-needed service during the last year, someone who used technology to adapt their business completely to keep reaching their customers, or someone whose outlook kept everyone going when times were tough.

Judging will take place in two stages; an internal panel at O2 will choose five regional winners – one each from the north, south, east, and west of England, as well as the Midlands – who will each win a tech bundle to help their business thrive. 

The regional winners will then be shared for the public to vote, ultimately crowning this year’s Everyday Hero who will receive the £5000 cash prize. Their votes will account for 50 per cent of the final outcome, while the other 50 per cent will be determined by the O2 panel who will be joined by a special celebrity guest.

To learn more about O2 Business, visit  The tools available through O2 Business can help firms continue to adapt and grow their business as the UK continues to head out of lockdown.  As flexibility continues to be more important than ever, customers can choose the ultimate flexible package with tariffs that give them the control and confidence to suit their evolving company needs.

The market-leading suite of flexible solutions includes automatic data rollover and flexible tariffs so customers can flex their data allowance up and down each billing cycle. As well as flexible add-on business apps such as Microsoft Office 365 so you stay productive no matter where they need to work, plus a range of business contract lengths, from a rolling 30-day plan, through to three years.

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For further information or to submit additional documentation to support your entry please email

Thank you for all the nominations, this competition has now closed for entry. 

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