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Four London entrepreneurs among winners at this year’s FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards

Four FSB London award winners celebrated in style on Thursday 3 May, at FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 as they picked up 4 of the night’s 11 awards.

• Innovative backpack creator Wolffepack Limited named as Business Exporter of the Year 
• Micro Business of the Year goes to Superlative Recruitment Ltd 
• Business Clan Ltd scoops Employer of the Year prize
• Inspiring ALD Life wins Triumph Over Adversity award

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Crowd funded start-up Wolffepack Limited, run by David Wolffe, previously Group Finance Director of HMV Group, was recognised as FSB Business Exporter of the Year at the ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. The business, based in Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre in North London, markets an innovative backpack that is the only one in the world that swings to the front of the body without having to be unstrapped.

Other London-based winners included successful home and remote-working recruitment business Superlative Recruitment Ltd, which has achieved a global turnover of more than £855,000 in its first three years of business, was named as FSB Micro Business of the Year 2018. The business is leading the way in balancing family life and work. The company has worked with more than 220 companies in 80 cities, across four continents and has been built upon referrals.

Wimbledon-based business and professional services consultancy Business Clan Ltd, has been named as the FSB Employer of the Year. The firm, run by founder and MD Delia Porter, and Business Development Director Nicolle Anderson, credits its business success on investing in, developing and retaining its flexible-working team of ‘women-returners’ who are going back to work following a career break. 

ALD Life, run by Sara Hunt, was given a special FSB Triumph over Adversity award. The business supports sufferers of rare terminal disorder Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) and was set up by Sarah to help those impacted by the condition, after both of her children were diagnosed with ALD. She began fundraising and raising awareness of the devastating illness, soon forming a registered charity which is now run as a profitable business. ALD Life began as an online network of parents seeking advice and support, providing financial assistance, support and meetups for families affected by the disorder.

UK Business Exporter of the Year winner, David Wolffe, of Wolffepack Limited, said: 
“We’re thrilled to be awarded the FSB Business Exporter of the Year. Our revolutionary design is really popular throughout the world and it means a lot to be recognised by FSB.”

UK Micro Business of the Year winner, Kristen O’Connell, of Superlative Recruitment Limited said: “We’re thrilled to be awarded the FSB microbusiness of the year, we’ve put in a lot of hard work in to getting where we are today and this sort of recognition really means a lot.”

UK Employer of the Year award winner, Delia Porter, of Business Clan Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the FSB Employer of the Year Award. Flexible working patterns can really add to business success. Provided we deliver on deadline for clients, and produce quality work, we’re never questioned about when or where we choose to work.
“Many of the businesses we help are also run by women managing their work around family life – we stop ‘mumpreneurs’ feeling like ‘solo-preneurs’!”

Triumph Over Adversity Award winners Sara Hunt and Karen Harrison winner, of ALD Life, said: “I’m so pleased to be recognised by the FSB with their Triumph over Adversity Award. It’s been an emotional journey to get where we are today, and this is hopefully another step to improving the lives of hundreds of children for the future.”

Around 2,000 entries were received, across 12 regional award categories, from some of the most innovative and successful small businesses across the UK, culminating in a marvellous evening’s entertainment, hosted by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw. 

The full list of FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 winners is available here.