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The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards West Midlands showcase 2018’s most inspiring small businesses

Hednesford company, Laundry Efficiency, specialists in providing small to medium sized commercial laundries with products and services which help reduce their carbon footprint and save money, is one of the businesses that has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned one of the West Midlands’ best small businesses. 

It was named as the West Midlands Ethical Green Business of the Year – one of 12 award category winners at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards held on 16 March at The National Conference Centre in Solihull.

Other winners on the day included Champion & Reeves in Shrewsbury, for its high quality confectionary using natural ingredients, who won the FSB Family Business of the year Award and Find Me A Gift in Southam, a gift company which has integrated their digital profile into every element of their business, who won the FSB Digital Business of the Year.  The FSB Start-up Business of the Year Award went to A HydroVeg Kit® in Nuneaton for their simple but effective means of growing healthy organic veg outdoors, 365 days a year, with no digging, weeding, pesticides, slugs or snails, and minimal watering.  


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

Andrew Kennedy from Pharma Packaging Systems Ltd. in Pershore, winner of the Business Exporter of the Year award, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won.  We have our whole team behind us and we have customers around the world – 85% of our business is export so to have won the Exporter of the Year award is great news.  Today’s event has been great fun and it’s been lovely to see so many great businesses getting the recognition they deserve”

Sam Selby from Fancy Me Ltd. in Rugby, winner of the Employer of the Year award, said: “We are ecstatic to have won, more for our staff as they make the company what it is.  It’s been fantastic to meet the sponsors and to celebrate other people’s success.  It’s great to be able to take something back to the staff so we can celebrate together!”

Amy Cunningham of The Strings Club Ltd. in Birmingham, winner of the Scale-Up Business of the Year, said: “It feels absolutely amazing to have won this award.  The team at our Head Office in Birmingham have worked so hard.  Our aim now is to reach 25,000 children and launch in London and Bristol.  Today has been a great day and we’ve met some fantastic people.”

Ray Hickinbottom, FSB West Midlands Regional Chairman, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our region’s small business community. It’s been thrilling to see so many of the region’s 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 the West Midlands. The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national award finals in May.”

Commenting on the event, headline sponsor Paul Reeves, Head of Customer Banking, Birmingham, Yorkshire Bank said: “B powered by Yorkshire Bank are proud to be headline sponsors at the FSB West Midlands Awards. Taking B on the road and showcasing our fantastic SME proposition. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. It really was a great afternoon and really demonstrated the quality of the businesses we have in this great region.”

The FSB Celebrating Small 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. Twelve area awards finals take place between January and March, with the national UK finals taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony on 3 May in London.

The West Midlands winners were announced by Master of Ceremonies and BBC broadcaster Dave Sharpe at a ceremony at The National Conference Centre on the afternoon of 16 March.