Small Business Blast-Off Competition

Terms & Conditions

Before you enter, please read carefully these Terms & Conditions. Firstly, here are some definitions we use:

“eCG UK” Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales with its registered office at 27 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AX, UK.
“Competition”This competition, Small Business Blast-Off
“Eligible Entrants”All businesses who are registered or established in England & Wales or Scotland, have no more than 15 employees, are not in an excluded business category (see below) and who comply with these Terms & Conditions are eligible. The individual entering on the business’ behalf must be aged 18 years or over. 
“Competition Period”From 2pm on 19th April to midnight on 16th May 2021. UK time.
“Valid Entries’ Entries by Eligible Entrants that are manually submitted. 

What is it?

eCG UK is running the Competition which invites Eligible Entrants to detail why their business needs a boost at this time and what they would do with the prize if they won. To enter, entrants will be required to complete and submit the entry form (including their video entry link or their written entry) at during the Competition Period. From all Valid Entries, 13 winning entries (including one overall winner and two runner-ups) will be selected by a panel of judges that includes at least one independent judge. Valid Entries will be judged on:

  • How you’ve coped over the last year, including examples of how you’ve innovated, adapted and been resourceful;
  • Any initiatives you’ve undertaken that have helped others and your local community; and
  • The projects and plans that the £10,000 prize will help you achieve if you were to win.

In the event that a video or a written entry exceeds the maximum length stated at, eCG UK may in its sole discretion review the entry only up until the maximum length stated.

When is it?

The Competition will be held during the Competition Period. Any entries received outside of the Competition Period will not be considered. 

Who can enter?

The Competition is open only to Eligible Entrants. 

Only one entry per Eligible Entrant is permitted. Any further entries will not be counted. 

Entrants from the following excluded business categories will not be Eligible Entrants:

  • Trading of cryptocurrencies
  • Trading of precious metals and stones
  • Money services (such as foreign exchange, loan providers, money transfers)
  • Casinos, prize draws and other betting or gambling activities
  • Sale of unlicensed pharmaceuticals
  • Sale or trade of cannabidiol (CBD) products
  • Trading of weapons, explosives or armaments
  • Unlicensed trading and processing of scrap metal
  • Unlicensed waste management
  • Sale, import and export of used vehicles or heavy machinery
  • Escort services and other services in the adult industry
  • Bidding fee auctions
  • Modelling agencies
  • Travel agencies
  • Car wash services
  • Political parties
  • Charities
  • CICs and CIOs
  • Any other business providing the items and/or services listed on What’s Not Allowed on Gumtree.    

All employees (and their families) of eCG UK, its affiliates or subsidiary companies, any representatives or agents of those companies and anyone else who may be professionally involved with the Competition cannot enter the Competition.

The prize 

The following prizes will be awarded to 13 winners selected from Valid Entries by the judging panel:

  • 1st Prize – 1 small business to receive £10,000 + Gumtree Business Blast-Off package + Partners Blast-Off package + a Tide Cashback upgrade for free for three months + a free Builder-ai App.
  • 2nd Prize – 2 x runner-up businesses to receive £5,000 + Gumtree Business Blast-Off package + Partners Blast-Off package + a Tide Cashback upgrade for free for three months + a free App.
  • 3rd Prize – 10 x businesses to receive Gumtree Business Blast-Off package + Partners Blast-Off package + a Tide Plus upgrade for free for three months.

Altogether, “Prize(s)”.

Further details on the Prizes are at

The award of some prizes will be subject to the winner(s) successfully completing all of eCG UK’s or the awarding partner’s credit checking procedures (or other required checks), eligibility requirements and/or entering into separate terms and conditions with eCG UK and/or its partners. eCG UK or its partner(s) may in its sole discretion select a substitute prize and/or alternative winner in the event a winner does not meet such requirements. For terms and conditions that will apply to Prizes offered by our partners and for further information on all prizes, please visit Gumtree’s standard advertising terms and conditions will be made available and entered into by applicable winners. 

Winners will be contacted by the email address provided to eCG UK no later than 12th July 2021 to be informed they have won the Prize. Eligible Entrants are responsible for ensuring that they can be contacted at the email address provided to eCG. 

If eCG UK or its authorised agents are not able to contact the winner by midnight (UK time) 5 days after the first attempted notification, eCG UK reserves the right to select an alternative winner and the original winner’s entitlement will lapse. Gumtree Business Blast-Off package must commence no later than 31st December 2021.  

What’s excluded?

The following will not be Valid Entries:

  • Any entries which do not comply with eCG UK’s Terms of Use.
  • Any entries submitted through professional or automated tools, including but not limited to, API feeds


eCG UK, in its sole discretion, reserves the rights to:

  • suspend, change or cancel the Competition at any time, in the event of circumstances arising which make it necessary for it to do so;
  • add additional terms to the Competition;
  • exclude users on the basis that it believes that they do not respect its Terms of Use or that their entries are not of the requisite standard; and/or
  • verify the eligibility of entrants.

Any decision of eCG UK regarding any aspect of the Competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering the Competition, all entrants irrevocably grant eCG UK permission to use their name and image for advertising, promotional or publicity purposes. 

These Terms & Conditions and the Competition are governed by English law. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and the Terms of Use and these Terms & Conditions will prevail to the extent of any conflict.

This Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

eCG UK shall not be liable, in contract or tort (including, but not limited to, negligence) or breach of statutory duty or in any other way for the loss or damage howsoever arising suffered by an entrant resulting directly or indirectly from entering the Competition. Nothing in these Terms & Conditions shall limit eCG UK’s liability for death, personal injury or fraud.

eCG UK does not accept, and is not responsible for, any lost or delayed entries. eCG UK reminds entrants of the nature and limitations of the Internet and is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any communications network, online system or computer hardware or software that may affect entry to the Competition.

eCG UK does not accept, and is not responsible for, any element (including but not limited to the delivery or performance) of a Prize provided by one of its partners. 

Although eCG UK will use reasonable efforts to ensure that all information relating to the Competition (“Competition Material”) is accurate, eCG UK is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any communications network, online system or computer hardware or software failure that may affect eCG UK’s operation of the Competition or the site, including without limitation the accuracy of any Competition Material.

eCG UK may use third parties to facilitate one or more elements of the Competition and eCG UK may provide some of your personally identifiable information to them. These third party service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with eCG UK and other legal restrictions that prohibit the use of the information we provide them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced eCG UK related operation. See eCG UK’s Privacy Notice for further information.

Please contact for any query related to the Competition or visit our Help Desk for queries relating to your use of the website, applications or tools.