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Bath Graduate voted Guardian Small Business Leader of the Year

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Simon Hill collecting the Guardian Small Business Leader of the Year award

School of Management alumnus Simon Hill, founder of Wazoku, has been voted Guardian Small Business Leader of the Year.

The award, which had more than 1,000 entries, saw Simon shortlisted alongside the founder of online gift store Prezzybox and Cornish organic beauty brand, Spiezia Organics. Simon was selected as the winner by public vote. The award was presented by retail expert and presenter of BBC’s Mary Queen of Shops, Mary Portas.

Simon completed his MSc in Management at the University of Bath in 2003. He then went on to found Wazoku, an idea management software firm that helps organisations capture and develop good concepts, crowdsourcing ideas from internal or external communities.

Since its launch in 2011, Wazoku has raised £1.25M in funding and gained some of the world’s largest brands as customers including the BBC, Aviva and Capita.

Simon Hill Commented:

“I loved my time at the School of Management and still have some of my closest friends from that time. I wouldn't have had the confidence to start my own company without the things I learned during the course”. "This award is as much for everyone that has worked at Wazoku as it is for me, and to say that I am proud would be a massive understatement. Wazoku is having an incredible year, as more and more organisations are realising the importance of good ideas and innovation and also the need for the best tools to unlock those ideas."

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