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26 April 2017

FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards 2017 Finalists announced

The national UK finalists for this year’s FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards have been announced today, 26 April. The 44 finalists have been selected as the best small businesses across the UK, spanning eleven award categories.

From these finalists, the overall FSB & Worldpay UK Business of the Year 2017 will be chosen, as well as 11 category winners, at the awards ceremony on 10 May at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. Hosted by Tim Campbell MBE, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, and winner of the BBC’s first series of ‘The Apprentice’. The winner will receive a prize of £12,000 and each of the 11 category winners will receive a prize of £2,000.

The finalists for the Business and Product Innovation Award are:
Artemis Brew, Womersley;
Womanzone, Warrington;
Angels’ Share Glass, Stirling; and
High Spirit Bags, London.

The finalists for Micro Business of the Year are:
Labels4Kids Ltd, Stirling;
3D Wines Ltd, Lincolnshire;
Stitch & Story, Kent; and
Durham Hens Limited, Bishop Auckland.

The finalists for Ethical Business of the Year are:
Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, Cumbria;
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm Ltd, Pembrokeshire;
Earthspirit Ltd, Somerton; and
PoaPoa Ltd, London.

The finalists for Online Business of the Year are:
Flexiworkforce, Glasgow;
Learning Heroes, Warrington;
The Literary Gift Company, Reading; and
Do You Punctuate, Otley.

The finalists for Best Start Up of the Year are:
Learning Heroes, Warrington;
Inspiral Cycles Ltd, Bishop Auckland;
Murabak London Limited, London; and
SkinSincere Ltd, Telford.

The finalists for Business Exporter of the Year are:
Core Systems NI Ltd, Belfast;
Kendal Nutricare, Kendal;
Stitch & Story, London; and
Bambino Mio, Northampton.

The finalists for Best Family Business of the Year are:
Grasmere Gingerbread, Grasmere;
Angels’ Share Glass, Stirling;
Go Below Underground Adventures Ltd, Conwy; and
The Elite Fish & Chip Company, Lincoln.

The finalists for Community Business of the Year are:
Love Your DoorStep, Enfield;
Port William Inshore Rescue Service, Port William;
Octopus UK Ltd, Camarthen; and
Bebeccino, Isle of Wight.
 
The finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year are:
Hummingbird Lingerie, London;
Towers Design, Maidstone;
GoCode Academy, Milton Keynes; and
Victoria Robson Bridal, Northallerton.

The finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award are:
David Allan – The Vine, Wadebridge;
Gregg Wixted, Global iLabs Ltd, London;
Barrie Pegrum, Sector Projects Ltd, Chiddingford; and
David Gullane, Bishops Beds Ltd, Co-Durham.

The finalists for Employer of the Year are:
Little Inspirations Ltd, Llantrisant;
Mustard, Manchester;
The Tavistock Institute, London; and
Digi Toolbox, Segensworth, Fareham.

Mike Cherry, UK Chairman of FSB, comments: “My congratulations to all these national finalists. Small businesses contribute so much to the UK’s economy and that’s why we choose to open these important awards to all of them. This year’s shortlist is of the highest standard and is reflective of the diverse and strong small business culture across the UK.”

James Frost, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at Worldpay UK, says: “Small businesses will continue to help drive the UK economy through both their innovation and expansion. It’s critical, especially in these uncertain times, that we support and recognise their contribution to the national economic growth and applaud the hard work and commitment that goes into running your own business.”

The FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards promote and recognise innovation, enterprise and accomplishment amongst the small business and start-up sector. Full details about the awards are at fsbworldpayawards.org.uk