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New business awards for Gloucestershire and West of England


FSB members from throughout the region are being encouraged to take part in our exciting new awards event which could lead to both local – and national – success.
If you believe that your firm is indeed ‘the best in the business’   then here is the ideal time to prove it by joining in our search for the South West’s most outstanding small businesses.

Our all-new  ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018’ were launched on September 11 and businesses here, in this region, have until December 1 to get their nominations in across  12 different categories. 
The winners of the South West awards, which are free to enter,  will be announced at an awards ceremony early next year and will then go forward to the national finals where the overall FSB UK Small Business of the Year 2018 will be announced in May 2018. 

Ken Simpson, the FSB regional chairman for Gloucestershire and the West of England, encouraged local businesses to get involved in the new awards and try to bring both regional and national honours back to the area.

“We know that the South West has some fantastic, innovative businesses and it would be great to see as many of them as possible enter the ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards’. 

“SMEs are a vital part of this region and the South West as a whole, contributing so much to the economy and making this area an exciting place in which to live, work, study and visit. This is our chance to recognise the best of the best.”

The 12 ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards’ categories are: 
• Business Exporter of the Year
• Ethical – Green Business of the Year
• Business and Product Innovation Award 
• Digital Business of the Year
• Microbusiness of the Year 
• Start-up of the Year
• Scale-up of the Year 
• Family Business of the Year
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year
• Employer of the Year
• The Triumph Over Adversity Award
• Community Award (S West area level only)  

For further information and to enter the awards visit