North West area finalists announced for FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019

  • 15 Jan 2019
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has announced the list of finalists for the North West area FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019. The awards will be presented by the BBC’s Dave Sharpe at an event on 31 January at The Hilton Manchester Deansgate.  


The finalists for the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 for the North West area are:

International Business of the Year
Northern Industrial, Blackburn
Forrest Fresh Foods Limited, Rochdale
Kendal Nutricare Limited, Kendal
DigitalNext, Manchester
Jellymedia, Blackpool

Ethical – Green Business
Cut the Wrap! Ulverston
SE Recycling, Manchester
Crowberry Consulting Ltd, Chorley

Business & Product Innovation Award
Sheetpiling UK, Preston
Hawkshead Relish, Hawkshead
Kendal Nutricare Ltd, Kendal

Micro Business of the Year 
Advanced Food Safety Limited, Wigan
Defero Consultancy Ltd, Stalybridge
Catapult PR, Blackpool
Access Personal Checking Services Ltd, Wirral
Icon Kitchen Studio, Bury
Global Air Training, Tattenhall

Start-Up Business of the Year
Waterhouse Estate Agents, Arnside
Kushboo Soaps, Clitheroe
Gymology, Eccles
Single Central Record Ltd, Wallasey
Tac-grid ltd, Leyland
JR Williams Plumbing Services, Chorley

Scale-Up Business of the Year
CreativePixels, Manchester
Centre of Excellence, Macclesfield
EEP, Manchester
Global Air Training, Tattenhall
Maid2Clean Franchise Ltd, Crewe

Family Business of the Year
Anrich Vets, Wigan
Nanny Brow, Ambleside
Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale
Leith Planning Ltd, Blackpool
DigitalNext, Manchester
Half Acre House Residential Care Home, Rochdale

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Ross Gillies, Alpha Internet Limited, Northwich
Hassan Iqbal, CreativePixels, Manchester
Lauren Hart, Bluebell and Ivy, Ulverston
Emma Powell, Epiony, Southport
Thomas Ledsham, The Snooty Fox, Kirkby Lonsdale

Employer of the Year
Bennett Staff Bureau, Hyde
Leith Planning Ltd, Blackpool
Shepherds Friendly Society, Cheadle
Alextra Group, Crewe

Community Business of the Year Award (area award only)
A Family’s Best Friend, Morecambe
The Growing Club CIC, Lancaster
Toyland Toyshop, Blackpool
Northern Plumbing and Heating Ltd, Burnley
DriveWorks Ltd, Thelwall

Digital Innovation Award
Northern Wine School, Bury
Connect, Liverpool
AWOL Adventure Limited, Kirkham
Single Central Record Limited, Wallasey

The finalists have been shortlisted because they are some of the North West region’s most exciting small businesses and self-employed workers; including innovative start-ups, family businesses, young entrepreneurs and exporters, as well as the small businesses who the judges felt have contributed the most to their local communities over the past year.
The finalist businesses span all sectors and range from pioneering creative businesses to boutique hospitality providers and from niche retailers through to cutting edge manufacturers, reflecting the rich and diverse landscape of the North West’s smaller businesses.