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19 May 2011, Gloucester, UK, As Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, leading web host Fasthosts Internet Ltd, (www.fasthosts.co.uk) has launched a competition to help boost British business projects. The Summer 2012 event and website showcases everything that is 'Great' about Britain. Fasthosts' competition aims to help by boosting unique and brilliant UK business projects via the Internet. In the run-up to The Great Exhibition 2012, each month Fasthosts will provide a winner with the infrastructure they need to succeed online - laptop, software, web hosting and search engine optimisation. Every month, the company will also award large amounts of internet products to help promote the best British small companies it finds to the rest of the nation. Fasthosts invites any UK company to nominate their business project for support at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/the-great-exhibition/entry/.

Until the start of The Great Exhibition 2012 festival in August 2012, Fasthosts will each month award a First Prize of a DELL laptop, 3 years free Business Premium hosting package (including software to build, optimise and promote a business website), a domain name and Microsoft Exchange email. Nominations will be judged by a panel including Fasthosts, The Great Exhibition 2012 team and celebrities. Furthermore, Fasthosts will award 20 further projects every month with 3 years free business web hosting.

During The Great Exhibition 2012, there will be a special award to recognise and celebrate the Best British Business project from the Fasthosts competition participants. To take part, entrants need only complete a quick online application, whether it is for support of a new or existing business project. For businesses, The Great Exhibition 2012 will showcase the advances and innovations that put Britain at the forefront of technological development, celebrating British creativity and entrepreneurialism.

Steve Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said "Our competition is a great opportunity for businesses with great ideas but limited resources. In the spirit of the festival, we aim to provide the Internet as a way to champion and accelerate as many great new British endeavors as possible".

The Great Exhibition 2012 event, which is billed as the biggest of its kind in more than a generation, will open in August 2012 and will echo similar events held in London in 1851 and 1951. The website http://www.thegreatexhibition2012.co.uk aims to provide a lasting snapshot of British life today. The public is invited to nominate and celebrate Britain's Greats across 12 categories including events, commerce, places, food & drink, sports etc.

Holford added, "So much of how we view the world and opportunities today is influenced by our online experience. The web can make a huge difference to a project, so we encourage as many people as possible to nominate their ideas today".

As a leading web host, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web solutions including domain name registrations, email solutions (including mobile email services), shared web hosting, virtual servers, dedicated servers, secure online storage, online payment services, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages. All data is hosted in Fasthosts' state-of-the-art UK based data centre. Full details can be found at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk

Full details of the Get Online Competition and entry form can be found at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/the-great-exhibition/entry/.

About Fasthosts
Fasthosts is a leading web hosting provider. Based in the UK and operating 24x7 from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures over 42 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts services can be self-managed through the award winning Fasthosts web-based control panel that provides customers with unparalleled online control, enabling them to manage hosted services including domain registrations, shared web hosting, business-class email, virtual servers, dedicated servers, software-as-a-service, internet merchant accounts and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts' maintains an award-winning, highly successful reseller channel.

About The Great Exhibition 2012
The Great Exhibition 2012 will be an event during August 2012 to celebrate all things British. It is a festival and exhibition on a huge scale to showcase Britain. Visitors will be amazed, informed, entertained and inspired - see things and learn things that they never knew about the country and the opportunities on offer; a tonic for the nation, much like the original Festival of Britain in 1951.

For further information please contact:

Richard Stevenson
Tel: +44 (0)1452 561 857