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The BMX company is a regional winner in the 2008 HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards.

4 Down Distribution score in small biz award

The national contest, now in its eighth year, is designed to seek out the most promising start-up businesses in the UK.

Ian Morris, Dean Hearne and Dan Brown started 4 Down Distribution two and a half years ago and, if they win the national award, will scoop £50,000, courtesy of HSBC.

4 Down Distribution has a house-brand – United Bike Co. – which now sells in 17 countries worldwide. The company has an annual turnover of £1.2m.

4 Down Distribution is one of ten companies battling it out to represent the South East region in the national finals. The overall winner will be revealed at a black-tie gala dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel on 29th October.

A cheque for £5,000 will also be presented to the business scooping the Green Award, demonstrating they are putting the environment at the top of their business agenda.

As official supporter of the Awards, Google will be offering £5,000 of AdWords and a visit to their London office as a prize to both the national winner and the Green Award winner.

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