West of Scotland based Liv Conlon was named UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) annual awards in London last night. The 20 year old – who runs interiors firm ThePropertyStagers and is from Bothwell in South Lanarkshire – fought off competition from other award-winning young business people from across the UK at FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards. ThePropertyStagers furnishes 300 properties per year across the UK. They provide a range of services including preparing a property for sale or rental, and providing specialist furnishing support for landlords. The business, founded four years ago, now turns over £1 million a year, up from £30,000 a year when it was established. Liv Conlon, CEO of ThePropertyStagers, said: “This accolade is the culmination of years of hard work. I’m thrilled that the FSB has chosen to highlight me as a rising star in the world of business. “My business wouldn’t be the success it is today without the support of our team. We take great pride in the high quality service we offer our customers and it is fantastic to see this diligence pay off. I have huge plans for the future but it is great to be recognised for all that I’ve achieved so far.” Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scotland policy chair, said: “Liv has demonstrated a real determination to succeed and at FSB we’re very pleased that we can celebrate her success. “Scotland needs more forward thinking young people who see that starting up in business is as valuable and rewarding a career goal as any other option. As a young woman setting out on her own, Liv is a powerful example for other potential entrepreneurs.” FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards took place at Battersea in London last night, attracting 600 guests from across the UK, including the UK Government’s Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP. Eleven businesses scooped 12 UK-wide prizes at the event. Another Scottish winner, Fort Augustus based Cruise Loch Ness, won the overall prize of UK Small Business of 2019.