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West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 shortlist announced for Award Finals event

The shortlist of the West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 has been announced. The winners of each of the 12 award categories will be announced at the West Midlands area finals on Friday 16th March 2018 at The National Conference Centre, Birmingham. 

The event will be a celebration of 212,000 small businesses that play a vital part in making the West Midlands a more vibrant country in which to live, work, study and to visit.

The category winners will go through to the UK national FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 final in London in May. 

Ray Hickinbottom, FSB West Midlands Regional Chairman said: "It is tremendous to see such a wide and diverse range of entries for the FSB Small Business Awards in the West Midlands Region and it's good to celebrate the best that small businesses have to offer in the Region. I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck and I feel sure the judges will have had a very difficult job to pick the winners from such a large number of quality entries."

Sandra Garlick, Director and Founder of Woman Who...Achieves said: “I was delighted to be asked to Judge the FSB Awards this year. There was a surprising high number of entries, all of an extremely high calibre, which made the judging process extremely difficult. However, it's rewarding to see such a diverse range of great businesses in the region. Good luck to all the Finalists”.

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise and celebrate the most outstanding smaller businesses in the UK, a sector that makes an overwhelming contribution to the UK’s economy and culture.  Twelve area finals take place across the UK between January and March 2018.  The shortlist for the West Midlands area FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 is:

Business Exporter of the Year – Sponsored by Global Freight
Parker Software, Stoke on Trent
Fancy Me Limited, Rugby
Pharma Packaging Systems Limited, Pershore

Ethical – Green Business of the Year – Sponsored by BHSF Health Insurance
Graduate Planet CIC, Warwick
DRP, Hartlebury
HydroVeg Kits, Nuneaton
Laundry Efficiency, Hednesford

Business and Product Innovation Award – Sponsored by Stratford District Council
JuLu Limited, Ross-on-Wye
Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Limited, Leamington Spa
Nicklin Transit Packaging, Birmingham
Laundry Efficiency, Hednesford

Digital Business of the Year – Sponsored by Handle
Fancy Me Limited, Rugby
Find Me a Gift, Southam
Open Study College, Birmingham

Microbusiness of the Year – Sponsored by Worldpay
Concierge Medical, Warwick
StarChip Enterprise UK Limited, Evesham
Mills Mobility Aids, Hereford
Nomad HR and Recruitment, Nuneaton

Start-up Business of the Year – Sponsored by FSB Insurance Services
Mahbir Europe, Coventry
HydroVeg Kits, Nuneaton
BEAR, Uttoxeter

Scale-up Business of the Year – Sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP Business Growth Hub
The Strings Club, Birmingham
BEAR, Uttoxeter
Little Soap Company, Broadway

Family Business of the Year – Sponsored by Yorkshire Bank
Worleys Swan Limited, Stourport-on-Severn
Champion and Reeves, Shrewsbury
Open Study College, Birmingham
David Manners Group, Oldbury

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Royal Mail
GDB Recovery Limited, Stafford
KerryMal Fitness & Sports Massage, Coventry
Dream Street Models and Events, Cannock
Woodbourne Group, Birmingham

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Warwickshire County Council
Nelson Group Holdings, Birmingham
Fancy Me Limited, Rugby
ISO Quality Services Limited, Worcester
Pharma Packing Systems Limited, Pershore
Oxbridge Home Learning, Birmingham

The Triumph over Adversity Award – Sponsored by Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council 
Worleys Swan Limited, Stourport-on-Severn
Leaders by Nature Limited, Shipston on Stour
Dream Street Models and Events, Cannock
Little Soap Company, Broadway

Community Award – Sponsored by Department for International Trade
Voodoochilli Design, Hereford
Green & Co Limited, Birmingham
EnV (Coventry) CIC, Coventry
David Manners Group, Oldbury

Tickets for the finals to be held The National Conference Centre, Birmingham on Friday 16th March 2018 can be purchased by registering on