The UK-wide search to find the ultimate small businesses will enter its next phase when more than 100 outstanding area and devolved nation award-winning small businesses will compete at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 UK final on 23 May at Battersea Evolution. This follows an exciting season of area and devolved nation award finals that took place from January and culminated in London on 17 April. Ten award category winners from 12 UK areas/devolved nations now look forward to attending a lavish and special UK final awards event on the evening of 23 May hosted by writer and actor Meera Syal CBE. The event will start with a sparkling drinks and canapé reception followed by a delicious three course dinner and coffee, served whilst the awards are made. Here, the UK’s best businesses will be announced – from start-up to scale-up, and from family business to young entrepreneur. The FSB Small Business of the Year 2019 will be announced and awarded. The annual awards, run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), celebrate and recognise a sector that makes up 99.9 per cent of all private businesses in the UK and contribute £1.9 trillion to the economy. The 5.6 million small businesses and the self-employed in the UK contribute so much to our economy and our communities. In 2017 FSB launched the Celebrating Small Business Awards to recognise the best, most innovative and most determined of these, from every sector, industry and background. Recognising the huge value that being a finalist or a winner can bring to their businesses and teams, more than 2,000 businesses entered the 2019 awards. The 2018 FSB Small Business of the Year winner was scale-up superfood brand Creative Nature from Surrey. You may also like 09 October 2019 Small biz recipes for National Curry Week 25 September 2019 Together, we can make a difference, writes Mike Cherry 03 September 2019 Small businesses heed the call to reduce plastic waste 13 April 2018 Weekly Brief 15 - Friday 13 April 2018 05 May 2017 Election manifesto 2017: Small business, big ambition 03 May 2016 How do we create the entrepreneurs of the future?