Small business award winners sparkle in the London limelight at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020

  • 13 Mar 2020

London Winners 2020


Twelve lucky small business winning stars became regional champions at the London finals of ‘The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards’. The finalists and winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch held yesterday, Thursday 12 March at the prestigious One Whitehall Place within The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminster. 

The FSB competition designed to find the winning businesses from across the capital was won, this year, by a wide variety of businesses including Hackney based Recruitment Specialist – ‘Signify Technology’ which is just one of the businesses that has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned FSB London’s International Business of the Year and who were presented their Award by Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business.

UK Power Networks, sponsors of the Environmental Award, presented ‘NEMI Teas’ their winner’s Award for their social enterprise achievements in offering a variety of whole leaf tea blends as loose-tea and as biodegradable tea pyramids whilst providing job opportunities to refugees living in Greater London.

Other winners on the day included husband and wife team ‘Mad Beauty’ who took the London Family Business of the Year Award and who are serious about making cosmetics fun. Amy Moring and Jeff Webster, founders of ‘Hunter & Gather Foods’ received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for their small business mission to create healthy, nutrient dense products for all to enjoy. This year’s Self-employed / Sole Trader of the Year Award went to Muslim mother, Mariam of ‘Ibadah London’ who provides high quality gifts which align with and reflect Islamic beliefs whilst at the same time appeal to Muslim consumers, who are trying to find a balance between their faith and modern society. The new Wellbeing Award of the Year went to La Fosse Associates who recognise the importance of work life balance and workplace wellbeing in a small business environment.

For a full list of all the winners, please refer to the notes at the end of this release.

Michael Lassman, FSB London Regional Chair, said:

“Congratulations to all this year’s London FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners – stars of the small business world. Enjoy the limelight.

“The event has certainly highlighted the strength, creativity and wide-ranging nature of the local SME sector and its importance to our capital city.   They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our small business community. It’s been thrilling to see so many London businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in London.  The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national award finals in May.”

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that smaller businesses and the self-employed make to the UK’s prosperity – the innovators, our economic drivers – the backbone of our communities.

Twelve area awards finals take place between January and March, with all the winners proceeding to the national UK finals taking place in London on 21 May at Battersea Evolution for a star studded night hosted by broadcaster, journalist and author - Clare Balding OBE.

The full list of London winners can be found below:

International Business of the Year - Signify Technology

They are the world’s first Scala Recruitment Specialists and conduct workshops and lectures globally, to combat skills shortages worldwide with 59% of their current revenue derived from outside the UK. The business is built on two principles. The first, place customer service at the heart of everything they do to revolutionise the recruitment industry. The second, exclusively serve the Scala community, focusing all their energy and time on one niche. From placing the best engineers with global tech giants, to providing information and knowledge, to nurture and develop the community.

Twitter: @Signify_Tech | Website: www.signifytechnology.com


Business and Product Innovation Award - Metro Security (GB) PLC

Sponsored by the London Growth Hub

With over 40+ years’ experience, they have diversified their core digital CCTV technology, linking it with sophisticated data analytics software, facial biometrics solutions and automatic number plate recognition for a variety of innovative operational, marketing and management applications.  These capabilities have led to diversified applications in the education market, forecourt service stations and shops, industrial sites, public sector facilities and the wider retail sector.  

Twitter: @MetroSecurityUK | Website: www.metrosecurity.co.uk


Micro Business of the Year - Makesworth Accountants

Sponsored by The London Growth Hub

An award-winning accountancy practice of chartered certified accountants, tax and business advisors with ambitious vision providing proactive and quality advice to individuals and Small & Medium-Sized enterprises. Proud of their extensive customer base and impressive customer service, Makesworth Accountants always embraces the latest innovative technology to help their clients grow, which they believe makes them highly deserving of the honour bestowed by this award.

Twitter:  @MakesworthAcc | Website: www.makesworth.co.uk


Environmental Awards - NEMI Teas

Sponsored by UK Power Networks

NEMI Teas is a London-based tea company and a social enterprise offering a variety of whole leaf tea blends as loose-tea and as biodegradable tea pyramids whilst providing job opportunities to refugees living in Greater London. It supplies 15 different loose-leaf blends of teas through both retail and wholesale channels across UK and Europe to over 160 clients including corporates, cafes, delis, restaurants, function centres and retail stores. It is a Fairtrade-certified organisation and only sells Fairtrade and Rainforest-Alliance certified teas. The teabags sold are 100% plastic-free and biodegradable and packaging used is made of wood pulp which is compostable.

Twitter:  @nemiteas | Website: www.nemiteas.com


High Growth Business of the Year - Dentex Health

Dentex Health is a rapidly growing co-ownership dental business, creating a long-term, sustainable partnership of dentists. Unlike typical corporate models, Dentex does not buy, group and sell practices. Dentex offers dentists a more flexible career, greater control as co-owners and the opportunity to grow whilst still practising clinical dentistry and, with support from its staff, without the day-to-day administrative burden. As equity holders, principals are invested alongside shareholders ensuring they grow value through a collaborative business for the benefit of all. It means that they don’t just become associates, but retain a degree of ownership and control in their practices.

Twitter:  @Dentexhealth | Website: www.dentexhealth.co.uk


Family Business of the Year - Mad Beauty Ltd 

Mad Beauty grew out of the collaboration of husband and wife team Julia and Trevor Cash. Julia, a qualified beauty therapist who, preceding the formation of the company, was a consultant for a leading health club chain setting up new salons. Trevor was in international distribution for 25 years primarily in musical instruments working for the worlds’ leading manufacturers setting up their export distribution, culminating in winning the Queens Award for Export 1998. However extensive overseas travel was not conducive to a happy marriage so they decided to start a UK based business combining both interests, guitars and beauty!  From day one, family values have driven the business with ingrained family values of loyalty, trust, respect and reward.

Twitter:  @madbeauty | Website: www.madbeauty.com


Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Aged 30 and Under) - Amy Moring & Jeff Webster - Hunter & Gather Foods

Hunter & Gather is on a mission to champion honest, tasty food that’s free from lazy sugars, grains and inflammatory fats. This forward-thinking paleo/keto-centric business began its journey championing 100% cold-pressed avocado oil-based products made from socially responsible ‘wonky’ fruit. An all-natural, ‘good-as-homemade’ portfolio that made its name dragging two historically taken-for-granted food categories (cooking oils and condiments) into the nutritionally-empowered/clean deck/gastronomic arena. Hunter & Gather’s second chapter saw them launch healthful collagen peptides, an MCT oil and three Organ Nutritional Support Supplements (heart, liver AND heart & liver PLUS wild herbs) made from grass-fed Icelandic lamb.

Twitter: @HunterGatherUK / Website: www.hunterandgatherfoods.com


Start Up Business of the Year - Vested

Launched in London January 2018, Vested has had an incredible start. They’ve built a specialist financial services marketing communications agency that delivers smart creativity, intelligent international thinking and creates value for their team and clients. They’re bringing a new approach and attitude to a sector that hasn’t seen (r)evolution for many years. Their clients say they partner with them because they enjoy Vested’s pragmatic consultancy, creativity and deep subject matter expertise. They hire and invest in the best talent who are #fullyvested to deliver their best work and drive positive industry change.

Twitter: @vested / Website: www.fullyvested.com


Wellbeing Award - La Fosse Associates

La Fosse recognise the importance of work life balance and was built on the simple idea that treating people well is not only the right thing to do, it's a better way to do business. They offer their staff multiple benefits from massages, Sanctus wellness coaching and many more. La Fosse employs 232 staff across 6 offices in the UK, US and Canada.

Twitter: @_LaFosse | Website: www.lafosse.com


Community Award - The Boathouse Cafe and Bar

Sponsored by: he Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

The Boathouse Cafe and Bar is a quirky decorated and unique riverside venue. With the local area lacking any community meeting space The Boathouse Cafe and Bar was set up as an independent business three years ago. They provide numerous community benefits from hosting work placements, working with charitable trusts and supporting Arts, Folk and LGBT+ events. The owner, Derrick, left a successful career in construction to open the venue once he saw that this area lacked any form of community meeting space. He hand built the interior using as many recyclable materials as possible which were sourced locally. With the assistance of his girlfriend and family, the venue has established itself as a safe gem in the community, which welcomes families, dogs and minority groups as well as hosting local entertainers.

Twitter:   N/A | Website: www.boathousebarking.com


Digital / E-Commerce Business of the Year - Appraisd

Appraisd is an innovative performance management system designed to let employees take control of their personal development. It empowers them to ask for feedback, set up regular check-ins with their line manager, manage their goals and much more. Whilst simple for managers and employees to use, it also provides powerful insights for HR and the wider organisation. Founded in 2012 by Roly Walter, Appraisd has grown significantly over the last year, doubling the number of employees to 14, including hiring its first US-based employee. The company has extended its office space in Kentish Town and plans further expansion in 2020.

Twitter: @appraisd | Website:  www.appraisd.com


Self Employed / Sole Trader of the Year - Ibadah London

As a Muslim mother, Mariam was fed up of not being able to find the right gifts or adjusting high street items to make them more Muslim friendly when gifting friends and family. She remembers picking up a Christmas 'stocking filler' and checking the expiry date, to see if it would still be in date by Eid. So she sought to fill this niche for high quality gifts which align with and reflect Islamic beliefs whilst at the same time appeal to Muslim consumers, who are trying to find a balance between their faith and modern society.

Twitter: @ibadahlondon | Website: www.ibadahlondon.com