THE 2009 O2 X Awards – the search for the best of British entrepreneurs and small businesses – have been launched.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are looking for something extra special in the new generation of small businesses making an impact in an increasingly competitive marketplace and challenging economic climate.

The O2 X Awards are now open for entry via and the closing date is August 1.

O2 is also running a series of small business networking events at O2 Academy venues, including Liverpool on July 1. To register, visit