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Success for East Midlands businesses at FSB Awards


Local businesses have been recognised in the East Midlands regional finals of the ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019’.

Over 140 delegates attended the finals event at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Nottingham Gateway on Thursday 14 March.

The Awards recognise the very best small businesses from right across the country. Every sector, every location and every type of small business is represented. They have all been encouraged to enter, free of charge and whether an FSB member or not.

The winners of each category, with the exception of the Community Award which is regional only, will go forward to the FSB’s UK Awards ceremony which, this year, is taking place at Battersea Evolution in London on Thursday 23 May 2019.

The ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Success Awards’ have grown to become the leading showcase of the best performing, most innovative and most determined small businesses. Last year, the Awards proved a great success and had been the most successful to date. Yet, despite the extremely challenging business environment this year the Awards have attracted an even greater number of entries.

FSB Insurance Service is the headline sponsor for this year’s Awards. Managing Director and FSB member David Perry said: “We are proud to be headline sponsors of the ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019’.

"Once again the Awards have shown how innovation, dedication and tenacity are driving forward some really diverse and successful enterprises here in the East Midlands. I hope that our regional winners enjoy further success at the UK finals in May."

The 2019 Award categories and winning businesses are as follows:

1/ International Business of the Year: Red Fox ID (Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire)
2/ Ethical – Green Business of the Year: The Crop Club (Loughborough, Leicestershire)
3/ Business & Product Innovation Award: Bloomfields Horseboxes (Worksop, Nottinghamshire)
4/ Micro Business of the Year: Ask the Chameleon (Burton and Derby)
5/ Start-Up Business of the Year: Railway Project Services (Leicester, Leicestershire)
6/ Scale-Up Business of the Year: West Road Haulage (Castle Donington, Leicestershire)
7/ Family Business of the Year: The Elite Fish & Chip Company (Lincolnshire)
8/ Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Magnet Expert (Tuxford, Nottinghamshire)
9/ Employer of the Year: DBS Internet Marketing (Lincolnshire)
10/ Community Award: The Elite Fish & Chip Company (Lincolnshire)
11/ Digital Innovation Award: Loyal Free (Loughborough, Leicestershire)