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10/07/2006

HSBC Start-Up Star

Diaco is delighted to have been named as a South East finalist of the HSBC Start-Up Stars awards, a national business event supported by Sky News.

The awards - presented in association with the Daily Express and Sky News - are open to any fledgling firm less than three years old which can prove it has the creativity, determination and business acumen to succeed in its marketplace.

HSBC Start-up Stars

"The level and quality of entries were outstanding and the time and effort that so obviously went into the nominations was also extremely impressive" said Katie Ellerker from HSBC Start Up Stars, "the panel were particularly impressed by the entry from diaco and offer our congratulations and wish every success to your company on behalf of HSBC Bank, the Daily Express and Sky News"

Director of diaco David Vandyke said, "The team at diaco were delighted to have received this recognition from HSBC Start Up Stars. We have worked hard to take our company from a simple idea to now having had over 3000 dental patients across the UK benefiting from being treated in the safety and comfort of their own wheelchair. By developing our export strategy we hope to build on what we have achieved in the past 18 months"

Notes to editors:

1. HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards

The HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards, presented in association with the Daily Express and Sky News, invites entries from UK businesses that have been trading for less than three years and can demonstrate they have the management skills and ideas for success.

2. HSBC Start-Up Stars 2006 judging panel

This year's judging panel included:

Simon Wainwright, Head of Business Banking, HSBC Bank; Simon Bartley, Deputy Chair, CBI SME Council; Maisha Frost, Daily Express; David Nelson, Business Producer, Sky News; Susan Lazareff, Managing Director, Intuit; Lorraine Twohill, Director, European Marketing Programmes, Google UK; Dr Glenda Stone, CEO, Aurora; Derek Browne, Chief Executive, Entrepreneurs in Action; Sally Preston, Founder & Managing Director, Babylicious and Start Up Star Winner in 2003; Tom Singh, Managing Director - Commercial, New Look.