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05 February 2016

Winners of FSB Worldpay Awards announced!

The FSB Worldpay Awards on Tuesday (2 February) saw 1000 members whittled down to 28 finalists, before seven winners were announced. Now in their third year, the FSB Worldpay Business Awards, celebrate innovation, diversity and social responsibility within the UK small business community, and recognises the crucial role that these companies play in the wider economy. 

Winners are:

Microbusiness  of the Year (sponsored by FSB Insurance Services)
Winner: Kate Davies Design

Kate is a knitwear designer, publisher, and historian who brings knitting to young contemporary knitters. She set up the business after suffering a stroke that forced her to change careers; today she is the author of three books on knitting and has built a knitwear business with a turnover of almost £250,000

Business and Product Innovation of the Year
Winner: 918 Coffee Co

The Dorset-based company has invented and developed a completely unique, ground-breaking technology for drastically reducing the levels of carbon produced during the coffee roasting process normally associated with this industry

Business Exporter of the Year
Winner: Playdale Playgrounds

Playdale designs, manufactures and install outdoor children's Playground Equipment. Established in 1978 the company has installed around 19,000 play areas in the UK. In 2011 Playdale started its export business and by the end of 2015 had signed distribution contracts in 24 countries

Ethical – CSR – Green Business of the Year
Winner: Active Plus

Active Plus helps people fulfil their potential through courses and activities that motivate, inspire confidence and build life-skills, helping people to tap into their own capabilities. All its tutors are injured military veterans, who are themselves supported in their own personal recovery.

Online Business of the Year
Winner: Home Leisure Direct Ltd

Home Leisure Direct is a games room retailer, providing products such as pool tables, arcade machines, pinball machines, tables tennis tables, football tables, and jukeboxes for home environments

Best Family Business of the Year
Winner: Fisherton Mill Gallery & Café

Fisherton Mill is the largest independently owned gallery, café and artist studios complex in the South of England. Set in a converted Victorian Mill in the centre of Salisbury it comprises an award winning Café, 14 studios which are rented to small creative businesses, an exhibition space, and gallery shop exhibiting work by leading & local artists and craftspeople

Best Start-Up of the Year
Winner: Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm

Dr Beynon's Bug Farm is a novel and innovative new venture that links science, agriculture, education, and tourism in an interactive and unique way. Founder by an academic entomologist, ecologist, The Bug Farm is committed to conservation through research, innovation and education, and runs a world class research and education centre, visitor attraction and working farm.