Teepees, friendly design, wearable clinical grade technology, Dexter cows and a fleet of vans, not to mention the UK’s only Village Cinema: The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards Yorkshire and Humberside showcase 2018’s most inspiring small businesses
Yorkshire born twin team Chloe and Abigail Baldwin of Buttercrumble are one of 12 businesses from the region to triumph at FSB Celebrating Small Business Yorkshire and Humberside Area Awards in March held at the John Smith Stadium. Eleven of the area winners will now all go forward to the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 national final in May.
Starting in 2012, twins Chloe and Abigail Baldwin decided to take their lifelong love of drawing and design and create their very own business; producing friendly graphic design and illustration with an ethos of making others smile. The twin team have worked with the Royal Armouries, Leeds Dock and Leeds Libraries, adding Anthropologie and John Lewis to their portfolio in the last 12 months. Winning the FSB Micro Business of the Year Category for the Yorkshire and Humberside area, they will be joined by a further 10 businesses from the area at the national FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards final.
A special FSB Triumph Over Adversity Award was made to Tara Bailey from Leeds. Tara has five sons, the eldest of which, Kaeden, co-owns the Dreamee Teepees Slumber Parties business. Kaeden and two of his brothers have a life limiting condition, and the business was an idea Kaeden had for his own birthday. He wanted to be able to celebrate with his friends but for it to be more than just a big standard sleepover. The problem they had was that no one was providing a service that would be suitable and could enable him to take part even though he was in a wheel chair and had limited use of one of his legs.
Simon Williams, FSB Yorkshire and Humberside representative, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s Yorkshire and Humberside FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our region’s small business community. It’s been thrilling to see so many of the region’s businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in the Yorkshire and Humberside area. The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national finals in May.”
The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards celebrate the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the country, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Twelve area awards finals take place between January and March, with the national UK finals taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony on 3 May in London.
The full list of Yorkshire and Humberside winners is:
• Business and Product Innovation Award
Simon Beniston –MediBioSense Ltd- Providing wearable clinical grade technology and integrated healthcare applications they are revolutionising the way health is measured and tracked and transforming the landscape of medical treatment
• Business Exporter of the Year
Sheila Granger – Sheila Granger Ltd. - Over the past eight years, Sheila Granger clinical hypnotherapy brand has become a phenomenally successful global company. Training over 2,500 practitioners in nine countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Europe and the USA.
• Digital Business of the Year
Scott Pilgrim –BIMsense Ltd.- BIMsense, are digitising and automating construction processes. Seeing this as the only solution to re-energising a crucially important sector and developing a future-proof industry.
• Employer of the Year
David Bell – Assyst Bullmer Ltd. - Supplying customers who cut textiles with automatic cutting machinery, CAD software and laser projection. They supply customers such as Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Mercedes F1, Paul Smith, Marks & Spencer, Airbus, HSL chairs. They celebrated 30 Years in business in October 2017, celebrating with two of their original staff and 65% have been with the company for over 15 years.
• Ethical Green Business of the Year
Robert Rose – Rosewood Farm - Rosewood Farm embraced green principles from the outset. Brothers Paul & Robert Rose began farming in 1996 when a small herd of Dexter cattle was added to the fledgling small farm built up on rented land. In 2002 an opportunity arose to buy 37 acres of land and they decided to turn the small farm into a full time business, setting up as an organic farm. They always strive to maintain the highest standards to take care of the planet and local environment, minimising consumption and recycling.
• Family Business of the Year
Tom White – Arrow Self Drive - Arrow Self Drive is a family-run business and the largest independently owned car, van, minibus and truck rental company in Yorkshire. With eight depots based around the region, the firm offer competitive rates and a first-class service on a wide range of vehicles from small economy cars, to vans, luxury MPVs, minibuses and trucks.
• Microbusiness of the Year
Abigail and Chloe Baldwin – Buttercumble. Started in 2012, founders Chloe and Abigail Baldwin decided to take their lifelong love of drawing and design and create their very own business; producing friendly graphic design and illustration with an ethos of making others smile. Winning the Micro Business of the Year category the twin team have worked with the Royal Armouries, Leeds Dock and Leeds Libraries, adding Anthropologie and John Lewis to their portfolio in the last 12 months.
• Scale-up Business of the Year
Neil Brown – Inclusion Housing - Disruptor Business Inclusion has developed and implemented a proven innovatory model of venture funding and private sector development to provide tailored accommodation to meet the commissioning requirements of local health and care agencies; without the need for grant subsidy. By challenging a traditional commissioning model of grant funding, public commissioning and delivery through a partnership model that shares/mitigate risk they have been able to work in partnership to attract sources of commercial funding to develop, lease and manage independent living accommodation for disabled adults that saves the public purse thousands of pounds per customer by reducing reliance on registered care.
• Start-up Business of the Year
Andrew Ashworth – Igo Pets - Igo Pets Limited started from a brisk walk around Conisbrough Castle on a gloomy day. There were plenty of dog walkers but nowhere to go and get a brew, dry your pooch, and get warm. Andrew Ashworth came from a background of a pet loving family, owning several dogs himself and having a successful dog walking business.
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Megan Reece – Luxury Flooring and Furnishing - Founded in 2013 by cousins Cameron (23) and Declan Christie (25), Luxury Flooring and Furnishing were set up with the view of providing a range of affordable flooring, carpeting, and home goods throughout the UK and across Europe
• Triumph Over Adversity Award
Tara Bailey – Tara has 5 sons with son Kaeden co-owning the business. Kaeden and two of his brothers have a life limiting conditions. Dreamee Teepees Slumber Parties was an idea Kaeden had for his own birthday. He wanted to be able to celebrate with his friends but for it to be more than just a big standard sleepover. The problem they had was that no one was providing a service that would be suitable and could enable him to take part even though he was in a wheel chair and had limited use of one of his legs.
Over the past 12 months, Dreamee Teepees Slumber Parties has been selected by Theo Pathitis as a business to champion during his Small Business Sunday competition (#SBS), they have also been selected as one of the top 100 Small Businesses within the UK by Small Business Saturday. However, they say their biggest achievement to date is being able to provide parties within Yorkshire for children despite the boys’ illnesses.
• Community Business Award
Ray Thompson – The Wrygarth Inn has been established almost 10 years in an extremely rural area near Hornsea. They have a village shop, children’s play area, crazy golf course, great local menu (former director of the East Yorkshire Local Food Network - EYLFN) and they run the only village cinema in a pub in the North of England. They work closely with the British film institute and run films such as Sully, Dads Army, Bridget Jones Baby to name a few.