This year’s FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards were held on 10 May at Shakespeare’s Globe and hosted by Tim Campbell MBE, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust and the very first winner of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’.
There were around 800 entrants for 11 different award categories, each with a £2,000 cash prize, as well as a chance to win an additional £10,000 in business-boosting prize money, by being named the UK’s Best Small Business 2017.
Whilst Kendal Nutricare, from the North West and makers of ‘Kendamil’ infant formula, won overall Best Small Business, it was great to see several London small businesses make it to the national final, four of whom won two awards and two were highly commended.
Love Your Door Step scooped Community Business of the Year and The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) won Employer of the Year.
Hummingbird Lingerie in the Young Entrepreneur category and Stitch and Story in the Microbusiness category, were both highly commended.
Now in their fourth year, the FSB & Worldpay UK 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.
Commenting on the event, Worldpay CEO Peter Jackson said: “The UK business has a well-deserved reputation for dynamism, innovation and openness. I’m delighted to see all of those attributes on show among the winners here tonight. Perhaps more than ever, it is vital that small businesses are given the tools, confidence and support they need to grow and succeed, whether that’s doing vital work in the local community, or breaking into new markets internationally. We need these businesses to succeed, and so I’m thrilled to be able to honour even a few of them tonight.”
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s award winners who are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up the UK’s 5.5 million-strong small business community. These are 5.5 million entrepreneurs – they’ve taken a risk, they’ve worked hard, and they have made something out of nothing. This benefits us all. When our small businesses succeed, so does the UK economy.”