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South West firms grab success in regional small business awards


The final of the South West FSB ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018’ took place in Taunton this week and it saw 12 winners representing the ‘best in the West’ crowned as regional champions.

The South West finals of the national FSB contest were held at Somerset County Cricket Ground and were designed to find the best businesses from Tewkesbury to Penzance and the awards went to a wide variety of businesses from a 21-year-old Somerset man who runs a caravan business to a Taunton business who have revived a century-old cider business.

Other winners included a Bristol company who did pitch-marking at the 2014 World Cup, a Bournemouth man who created a healthy instant-noodles firm after suffering from cancer and a Devon firm who said they were ‘over the moon’ after winning the first contest they had ever entered.    

A typical winner’s reaction came from Pandora Jacobs, from Frome-based lights systems firm Limitless, who said they were delighted to win.

“It feels ridiculously exciting to have won. To have this sort of acknowledgement means so much to a small business and is affirmation that we are on the right track“

All of the local winners will now be reassessed against winners from 11 other UK FSB regions and could then be shortlisted to go through to the UK national FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 final in London in May.

Among the winners were Ultramed Ltd, of Penryn, who won the Micro Business Of The Year award and Made For Life Organics (Spiezia Organics) who scooped the Ethical and Green Business trophy. 

The event also saw a Highly Commended award go to Any Old Lights Ltd from Fowey in the Micro Business section. 


Pictured above: Ultramed claim the FSB South West Micro Business award. Alan Sanders (centre) said it was ‘fantastic’ to win


Alan Sanders from Ultramed, a health technology firm, said they were delighted to win.

“We have a very dedicated team who put  a lot into their work and to win this award in what already looks like being a very exciting year for us is fantastic.“

Made for Life’s Amanda Winwood, whose company produce a range of 100 per cent organic skincare, was equally excited to be among the winners.

“It is amazing. It was such a shock to hear our name read out as winners and we are absolutely thrilled. Our business has doubled in size in the last year and this news will make things even better for the team.”


Pictured above: Amanda Winwood (centre) from Made for Life picks up the FSB Ethical and Green Business of the Year award. She said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ for her team


Roger Tarrant, who is the Cornwall-based FSB Regional Chairman for the South West, said the event highlighted the sheer diversity and strength of the local SME sector.

“It was a truly fantastic event where we saw so many great entries which showed again the range and quality of the small businesses here in the South West.”  

The full list for the South West area FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners from 2018 is:

Business & Product Innovation Award
Limitless (Frome, Somerset)

Business Exporter of the Year
Pitchmark Limited (Bristol, South Glos)

Digital Business of the Year
SmartSurvey Ltd. (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire)

Employer of the Year
Excalibur Communications (Swindon, Wiltshire)

Ethical Green Business
Made for Life Organics (Spiezia Organics Ltd) (Truro, Cornwall)
Family Business of the Year
Vallance Ltd (Newton Abbot, Devon)

Micro Business of the Year
Ultramed Ltd (Penryn, Cornwall)

Scale Up Business of the Year
Ascesis Media Ltd (Bournemouth, Dorset)

South West Community Award (Area only)
Mr Lee’s Pure Foods (Bournemouth, Dorset)

Start-up Business of the Year
Taunton Cider (Taunton, Somerset)

Triumph Over Adversity
Mooplehog (Oakhampton, Devon) 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 25 years of age)
Shaunessy Abrahams of Sedgemoor Caravans (Highbridge, Somerset)

The South West final is one of 12 regional finals place across the UK taking place until March. For more details see