It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of whingeing about everything that’s wrong in the world. Especially at this time of year when the days are short, the nights are long and the media is doing everything it can to worry us senseless about, well to be honest, often nothing of much importance! Whether it’s too much of this, too little of that, or the same old same old, it can be soul destroying to be fed this negativity day in, day out. So what a refreshing change it is to be able to have something positive to report. About people who are giving it their best, rather than giving up. Because the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) supports the FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards. The awards promote and recognise innovation, enterprise and accomplishment amongst the small business and start-up sector. They are also an opportunity for small businesses to springboard to success. More than 40 regional category winners will be announced in March. That’s 40 bright lights who will go forward to the national final. From them, eleven national category winners and the overall Business of the Year 2017 will be announced by Tim Campbell MBE. Tim is founder of the Bright Ideas Trust and winner of the BBC’s first series of ‘The Apprentice’. Entering the awards give businesses a competitive edge. It raises their profile, boosts their digital footprint, and increases their opportunities. It’s a fantastic opportunity and all small businesses, from all regions, have been encouraged to enter. I think that it’s crucial, especially in these uncertain times, that we support the hard work and commitment of those who take the brave step of setting up and running their own business. So I am delighted that the awards will show how small businesses are really punching above their weight in terms of confidence, investment, job creation and, quite frankly, getting on with it. So let the dark nights of winter give way to the brighter dawns of spring and let’s all back those looking to succeed in life. It’s surely got to be better than pruning back aspiration and fretting about what may never happen!