Small Business has been named as a top live blog covering the coronavirus pandemic by journalist trade magazine Press Gazette.
The website aimed at owner-directors and microbusinesses was named alongside the BBC, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent as an exemplar.
Press Gazette singled out the Small Business live blog Budget coverage and what the chancellor’s announcements meant for small businesses for praise in its coronavirus coverage awards.
The piece ranked top of Google in searches for “small business Budget” worldwide and to date has had 58,234 page views and been linked to by 30 external websites, underlining its credibility.
The gallery of the best of British coronavirus coverage had over 600 entries.
The expert panel judging entries included Michael Crozier, former associate editor of The Independent; Liz Gerard, former night editor of The Times; and Eleanor Mills, former editorial director of The Sunday Times.
The recognition comes at a time when SmallBusiness.co.uk is achieving record numbers of readers. In March, the site recorded 1.3m page views.
Tim Adler, editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk, said: “The editorial team is thrilled to be recognised by Press Gazette for its breaking news coverage. We’d never attempted a live blog before, and the gamble paid off.
“Our aim is threefold: to provide timely, hopefully exclusive news for our small business owner readers; to have big name interviews with entrepreneurs whose names our readers recognise; and to offer factual, helpful how-to guides for overstretched microbusiness owners on everything from starting a new business to eventually finding a buyer for the business you are passionate about.”
Before joining SmallBusiness.co.uk as editor, Adler was a commissioning editor on the Telegraph and has also written for the Financial Times, the Times and the Guardian.
Jonathan Seymour, publishing director at Bonhill, publisher of SmallBusiness.co.uk, said: “This recognition cements SmallBusiness.co.uk as the go-to platform for advertisers and SME service providers who want to connect with small business owners in Britain.”