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Twelve small businesses claim prizes at FSB East Midlands Small Businesses Awards

Local businesses have been recognised in the East Midlands regional finals of the ‘Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020.’

Nearly 160 delegates attended the finals event at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Thursday 5 March 2020 with twelve awards up for grabs.

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 .

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.

Les Phillimore, FSB Regional Chairman for the East Midlands, said: “I was delighted to open the FSB Awards and spend the afternoon seeing and learning about a diverse range of entrepreneurs from a candle maker to lead exporters.   

“We had twelve fantastic businesses win on the afternoon from all five of the counties which make up the East Midlands and I have very high hopes for their future successes.

“I would also like to congratulate those shortlisted and just missed out. Judging is always very hard, and I wish everyone nominated the very best for the future too.”

Our 2020 winners were:

International Business of the Year Winner 
Midland Lead

 

Business & Product Innovation Award Winner
Spraylat International Ltd

 

Community Award - Area only Winner
The Way of the Horse

 

High Growth Business of the Year Winner
Railway Project Services LTD

 

Environmental Award Winner
EarthSense

 

Micro Business of the Year Winner
e-badges

 

Young Enterpreneur of the Year Winner
Matty Smith - Matty’s Candles

 

Family Business of the Year Winner
Sygnet Group

 

Start-Up Business of the Year Winner
SLS - Software LeadGen  Specialists Ltd

 

Wellbeing Award of the Year Winner
JPP

 

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year Winner
Shamshad Walker  Marketing

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year Winner
VR therapies

 

Business & Product Innovation Awards

Kybotech
www.kybotech.co.uk
Charles Walton started Kybotech in 2000. It is now recognised as the market leader in outdoor garden buildings. It operates under two brands, BillyOh.com and GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk. Charles set-up Garden Buildings Direct in 2000, and it was one of the first shed retailers to sell online. Charles’ family heritage is in garden buildings. His great, great grandfather started a timber manufacturing business in 1878, remaining in the family until its sale in 2005. Kybotech manufactures from its own 20-acre site in Worksop selling 165,000 sheds and outdoor buildings each year. There are 700 different products in the range.

Redbacks Cushioning
www.redbackscushioning.com
Clifford Lockyer is the CEO of Redbacks Cushioning. Redbacks Cushioning are the pioneers of a patented impact cushioning technology designed to protect the human anatomy from damaging impact forces. This technology has multiple application possibilities and is designed to deliver protection, comfort and performance depending on how it is used. Redbacks’ mission is to keep people safe and comfortable and to promote the long term health benefits associated with reducing unwanted impact forces from entering the body, some of which can cause instant trauma like a head injury whilst others are less obvious such as musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis.

ParentMonitor LTD
www.parentmonitor.org/public/parentmonitor/index.html
ParentMonitor was created by Suresh Patel and Rajen Thanki. They were brought together by the need to keep their mothers safe and independent in their own homes. Suresh's mother is 86 and lives independently and alone, she was getting a little anxious living alone. Rajen's mother had a fall at home and spent over an hour on floor before she was found and helped back to her feet. Today ParentMonitor is a unique home monitoring system that amongst other things can detect and alert for falls without the need to wear or press anything.

Morph Me Photos Ltd
www.prestigeeventsphoto.co.uk
MorphMe is a photo experience that turns your imagination into reality! Become your favourite hero, princess, cartoon or character by the power of visual transformation. With a little imagination and clever proprietor technology, MorphMe, offer a photo souvenir which Morphs in front of your very eyes. MorphMe currently provides their service to some of the world’s largest live shows, such as Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live.

Starglaze
www.starglaze-windows.com
Starting in 1974 by a husband and wife team, Starglaze Windows and Conservatories Limited is now one of the UK’s premier PVC, Aluminium and Sealed Unit fabricators employing over 200 people in the heart of Lincoln and turning over £19 million per year. Their award winning Company operates in the retail, trade and commercial markets, under the brands Starglaze, Sternfenster, Express (trade outlet) and MyBifold (online bifold e-commerce site) and is currently managed by the sons of the original owners, Mike and Simon Parczuk.

Spraylat International Ltd
www.protectapeel.com
Spraylat International Ltd has been manufacturing temporary peelable coatings called Protectapeel since 1992. They have continued to develop and expand their range of liquid applied, protective coatings for various non-porous surfaces. During this time, they have developed their skills for formulating, developing, manufacturing and delivering skin-tight durable, environmentally friendly products that are supplied to more than 30 countries around the world. Spraylat International Ltd has progressed from solvent-based coatings to water-based coatings and now produces a range of UV (instant curing) coatings. The company employs 15 staff and is accredited to IS09001.

International Business of the Year

Midland Lead
www.midlandlead.co.uk
Midland Lead is the only UK manufacturer offering machine-cast, rolled and sandcast lead. A family owned company based in Swadlincote, they have been producing lead sheet for over 36 years - over 6,000,000 tonnes for UK and overseas clients to date. A strong manufacturing heritage, their highly skilled workforce creates a diverse range of products for UK and global construction from recycled lead, combining traditional craftsmanship with a 21st century technology-led approach. Employing 51 staff, they produce over 15,000 tonnes of lead per year, have a turnover of £31,000,000 and are ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 and BBA certified.

ANCHOR & CREW
www.anchorandcrew.com
Combining British craft manufacturing with a discerning modern-minimalist style, ANCHOR & CREW is multi-award winning ever since 2014 and believes in having a highly ethical and traceable supply chain. Taking ownership of an exploratory lifestyle and enjoying the Happy-Good Life, their celebrated craftsmen create unisex jewellery, accessories and lifestyle goods for the Modern Journeyman (and woman). Timelessly British by design and manufacture, ANCHOR & CREW is particularly known for their anchor, leather and rope bracelets, amongst other quality accessories. In Quality We Trust.

ASM Fasteners Ltd
www.asmfasteners.com
ASM Fasteners Ltd is the Master Distributor for Tangless Inserts & Tooling from Kato Precision who are the world’s Original manufacturer of Tangless wire threaded inserts. With the experience gained from the manufacturer, ASM Fasteners have been able to support and satisfy the customer’s needs by having the largest selection of Tangless Stock in the UK and Europe. To compliment the above niche product, they offer free technical support and stock other niche fasteners and fittings for the Aerospace, Motorsport and Electronics industries.

Micro-Fresh
www.microfresh.com
Micro-Fresh was originally developed and crafted in 2006 to prevent the growth of mould on products in transit from the far corners of the world. Micro-Fresh also has additional properties that prevent odour causing and pathogenic bacteria. Today, the brand is used as an ‘added value’ by over 50 retailers. It now serves as the go-to brand for innovation-conscious retailers that want to incorporate freshness into their products. With their headquarters in the UK, Micro-Fresh offers the benefits of its technology all over the world with offices in China, India, Portugal, Vietnam, Singapore and the USA.

Red Rhino Crushers UK Ltd
www.redrhinocrushers.com
Red Rhino Crushers Ltd in Grantham manufacturer a range of Mini Crushers and Screeners and are a UK market leader in the exporting sector. Simon Winfield, the owner of Red Rhino, is proud to have acquired the Red Rhino business in 2009 and developed an impressive ‘corporate brand’ in two modern day manufacturing facilities in Grantham, Lincolnshire which is now renowned and distributed world-wide.

Environmental Award

EarthSense
www.earthsense.co.uk
EarthSense is a leading air quality specialist, providing expert services in air pollution monitoring, modelling and data provision. EarthSense deliver innovative solutions, enabling the world to visualise and manage its air quality issues for the betterment of human health. Offering a complete data solution to air pollution from inception to implementation, EarthSense’s monitoring and modelling products highlight a reputation for technical excellence in air quality services in the UK and abroad. Products include the Zephyr® air quality sensor and global modelling programme MappAir®, measuring and modelling harmful gaseous pollutants including Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone and Particulate Matter.

Shed Grounds Maintenance Ltd
www.shedgrounds.co.uk
Established in 2003 by MD, Peter Botham, Shed Grounds Maintenance is a successful national contractor providing services to the commercial sector. Based in Derbyshire, Shed has depots in the Chesterfield, Yorkshire and Coventry and delivers a nationwide service. Accredited with ISO:9001 for Quality Management, ISO:14001 for Environmental Management and SafeContractor for Health & Safety; Shed is trusted by clients such as TNT, Scania, Triumph Motorcycles and Workman for delivering a quality, professional and reliable service. A successful, growing and independent business, Shed provides sustainable solutions for its clients for all their exterior maintenance requirements.

Micro-Fresh
www.microfresh.com
Micro-Fresh was originally developed and crafted in 2006 to prevent the growth of mould on products in transit from the far corners of the world. Micro-Fresh also has additional properties that prevent odour causing and pathogenic bacteria. Today, the brand is used as an ‘added value’ by over 50 retailers. It now serves as the go-to brand for innovation-conscious retailers that want to incorporate freshness into their products. With their headquarters in the UK, Micro-Fresh offers the benefits of its technology all over the world with offices in China, India, Portugal, Vietnam, Singapore and the USA.

Chris's Fish 'n' Chips
www.chriss.co.uk
Chris's Fish and Chips, Barwell, are a third generation, family run Fish and Chip shop. They operate in a community village environment, with 15+ staff. They pride themselves on an ethical approach to business, with community, innovation and the environment core to their values, providing excellent customer service and going above and beyond to make them one of the best takeaways you will ever find. With multiple national and local awards they are very proud of what they have achieved.

Micro Business of the Year

Emerald Accountancy Limited
www.emeraldaccountancy.com
Multi-award winning Emerald Accountancy Ltd was set up by female entrepreneur Caroline Hopkinson in 2009. From the start, Emerald has sought to dispel the perception that accountants are old fashioned and stuffy. Using her personality, drive and ambition Caroline has brought change to the industry whilst also pioneered new ideas, methods and technology to build the growing client base. Emerald’s vision is to be the #1 accountancy choice in the region for businesses large and small who want to work with a modern accountancy service that provides a fresh, vibrant and forward thinking approach to managing accounts.

Spokes Education
www.spokeseducation.com
Formed in 2013, Spokes Education design, develop and implement innovating and engaging e-learning solutions for a wide range of clients across all sectors and subject matters. They also provide consultancy, training, research and end user support services. Spokes Education have recently gone through a large expansion, increase their team and moving to a new office. They continue to support a range of local and global initiatives as part of their social business plan.

Blue Square Recruitment
www.thebluesquare.co.uk
Blue Square Recruitment specialise in providing contract Technicians and MOT Testers. Originally established by one man who was disgruntled with the way the big corporates processed customers. He quit his job with no money and mortgage due at the end of the month and with just a great idea. He persuaded one technician to take a chance on working with him. Fast forward 12 months and the business has turned over £2.2 million, hired ten staff and acquired a new head office. They have also established a specialist training arm to support over 300 clients and employs over 65 contractors.

E-badges
www.e-badges.net
E-badges is a family-run business operating from an office in Lincolnshire. They are a manufacturer and supplier of badge making machinery and components. The portable badge making machines, all manufactured in the UK, make traditional pin badges in various sizes, as well as keyrings, fridge magnets and other products. They also make up bespoke badges for customers who don’t want to make their own. Having bought the business in 2007, Andrew and Philippa Vear aimed to become the leading supplier of badge making machinery in the UK. They achieved this quickly and are now focused on becoming the leaders in Europe.

Start-Up Business of the Year

Safedata Logistics Ltd
www.digitalconciergehub.co.uk
Safedata Logistics Ltd are a digital services company who specialise in providing cloud-based solutions to hotels and the hospitality industry. As a business they look to innovate using existing technology, making it better, faster, easier to use, smarter and more cost effective. They currently have two products on the market, DisplayHub and ConciergeHub. Both designed and developed within hotels to improve communication, increase revenue and enhance the customer service and journey during their stay.

SLS - Software LeadGen Specialists Ltd
www.softwareleadgenspecialists.com
SLS, founded and owned by Sam Naseer, specialise in identifying viable leads and prospects for clients. Whether your organisation needs a boost of qualified leads, help with a marketing campaign, or your goal is to improve lead generation productivity - SLS is the lead generation and telemarketing solution for all businesses, especially software and IT companies.

K Low Consulting
www.klowconsulting.com
K Low provides tender writing and management services in an array of industries such as healthcare and recruitment. Their vision is perpetuated by a small but highly skilled and hard-working team. Having previously led the healthcare team at one of the leading bid management providers in the UK, Krisja has secured over £1bn for clients at an 88% win-rate. Envisioning a better service that builds strong partnerships with clients to add value and improve services, whilst delivering better results; Krisja established K Low Consulting in August 2018.

The Wedding Industry Supplier Network
www.twisn-global.com
The Wedding Industry Supplier Network brings together business owners across the world at networking events and through an online networking forum. It provides support, networking and training for small-medium sized businesses in the wedding industry.

Natural Grower Ltd
www.naturalgrower.co.uk
Natural Grower products are a nutrient rich organic and vegan fertiliser that is free from any animal matter. It is the by-product of a renewable energy plant that is fed with maize to make electricity for the National Grid. The fertiliser is approved by the Soil Association, OF&G and the Vegan Society. Organic gardening has steadily grown over the last few years, and more people are now looking to grow veganically. Most organic fertilisers or soil conditioners have animal by-products in them, so vegan growers now have an effective, organic and vegan friendly fertiliser solution.

Hey Baby 4D Franchises (HB4D Ltd)
www.heybaby4d.co.uk/job-location/nottingham
Hey Baby 4D started as a singular private baby ultrasound clinic in Derby. From a desire to provide expectant parents with a fun, family-friendly experience that’s underpinned with impeccable safety and quality standards, Nikki Senior created Hey Baby 4D Franchises (HB4D Ltd), which began trading in February 2018. The franchise helps people with a desire to start their own business realise their dreams through supporting them on their journey to be their own boss and becoming employers themselves. Fast-forward to January 2020 and there are nine clinics open nationwide, with another 10 in the pipeline to open throughout 2020.

High Growth Business of the Year

Blue Square Recruitment
www.thebluesquare.co.uk
Blue Square Recruitment specialise in providing contract Technicians and MOT Testers. It was originally established by one man who was disgruntled with the way the big corporates processed customers. He quit his job with no money and mortgage due at the end of the month and with just a great idea. He persuaded one technician to take a chance on working with him. Fast forward 12 months and the business has turned over £2.2 million, hired 10 staff and acquired a new head office. It has also established a specialist training arm to support over 300 clients and employs over 65 contractors.

Shed Grounds Maintenance Ltd
www.shedgrounds.co.uk
Established in 2003 by MD, Peter Botham, Shed Grounds Maintenance is a successful national contractor providing services to the commercial sector. Based in Derbyshire, Shed has depots in the Chesterfield, Yorkshire and Coventry and delivers a nationwide service. Accredited with ISO:9001 for Quality Management, ISO:14001 for Environmental Management and SafeContractor for Health & Safety; Shed is trusted by clients such as TNT, Scania, Triumph Motorcycles and Workman for delivering a quality, professional and reliable service. A successful, growing and independent business, Shed provides sustainable solutions for its clients for all their exterior maintenance requirements.

Custard Technical Services Ltd
www.custardgroup.co.uk
Custard Technical Services are a team of technicians, engineers, salespeople, number crunchers and directors (but above all, they’re a bunch of geeky gurus). Custard have over two decades of experience in the IT industry, delivering friendly jargon-free IT support and services for businesses across the East Midlands and the UK. They're a fast-growing company that support businesses across many different sectors, from manufacturing companies to charities. Custard's team work hard to fully integrate security and support within a business, creating a more productive, efficient and secure workplace for you and your employees.

Railway Project Services Ltd
www.railwayprojectservices.co.uk
Since 2017, Railway Project Services (RPS) has provided project management services to rail. They aim to be the consultancy of choice for lean, pragmatic and high-quality project management that helps their clients deliver projects that meet the needs of the whole UK population. RPS has grown into a successful consultancy and delivers services to an extensive range of key UK clients including Network Rail (NR), HS2 and West Midlands Trains. 2019 also saw them work with privately-owned businesses such as VVB, Morgan Sindall and GRAHAM Group. Their growth builds on the reputation that they earned throughout the previous years.

Midland Lead
www.midlandlead.co.uk
Midland Lead is the only UK manufacturer offering machine-cast, rolled and sandcast lead. A family owned company based in Swadlincote, they have been producing lead sheet for over 36 years for UK and overseas clients. A strong manufacturing heritage, their highly skilled workforce creates a diverse range of products for UK and global construction from recycled lead, combining traditional craftsmanship with a 21st century technology-led approach. Employing 51 staff, they produce over 15,000 tonnes of lead per year, have a turnover of £31,000,000 and are ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 and BBA certified.

Family Business of the Year

Sygnet Group
www.sygnetgroup.co.uk
Sygnet is primarily a trade signage company that's been in existence in Leicester for over four decades. Sygnet Signs has been in the Iley family since it was formed in 1974. The business fell on tough times around 15 years ago, and was purchased in its entirety from Mick Iley by his son. Gary breathed new life into the company, rebranding it as Sygnet Group and expanding into different and exciting new areas. More staff were taken on to cope with demand, including Gary's son, Max, who is learning all aspects of the business, beginning in the computer-aided design department. Sygnet is an old style family business that's embracing new ways of thinking and new technologies.

Cattermole Group
www.cattermoleelectrical.co.uk
Cattermole Group is a second generation family business providing domestic and commercial kitchen appliance sales, services, repairs and spares. Brothers Adam and Jamie run the business, alongside Emma (Adam's wife) and founder David (dad) is still found behind the counter! Dealing with everything from small fridges to full kitchen refits, in both private and public sector, the company looks after the NHS, schools, academies, restaurants and cafés (from small independents to INTU and Subway multi-site). Based in Derby covering most part of England and Wales, Cattermole employs 6 staff with a turnover of £750,000.

Creative Asset Ltd
www.creative-asset.co.uk
Creative Asset is a forward-thinking digital marketing company run by husband and wife team Anna and Ray. As parents of three young children, family values and creating a sustainable future-proof business are central to the growth strategy Anna and Ray have set out for Creative Asset. From bringing their children to the office after school and encouraging them to learn about code, design and business skills, to ring-fencing office space for Anna's mum to do photography as part of their offering to clients, Creative Asset epitomises the future of family firms - bringing together families in the digital era.

Elite Fish & Chip Company
www.elitefishandchips.com
The Elite Fish & Chip Company is an award-winning, family-owned business in Lincolnshire with three outlets across the county which have been serving the highest quality fish and chips for over 31 years. Three generations of the Tweedale family oversee the company, founded in 1988 by David and Freda Tweedale. Their son Adrian followed in David’s footsteps after joining the business aged 15. Adrian’s daughters Rachel and Lauren also joined the company as teenagers working in the takeaways; Rachel is now a co-director overseeing all three restaurants and takeaways, while Lauren has recently re-joined the business as Operations Director.

Young Enterpreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

Matty Smith - Matty's Ltd
www.mattyscandles.co.uk
Matty Smith from Selston launched his online Business ‘Mattys Candles’ in June 2019 selling handmade Scented Eco Candles and Melts, using eco packaging that completely bio degrades in Landfill. Instead of single use clamshell plastic for melts, they use micron sleeves that rot down in landfill even without light and heat. They feature heavily on Amazon and have over 160 resellers in the UK operating a business model similar to other home care products. Turnover based on the last 6 months will mean VAT registration in March 2020.

Ashley Wilks & Luke Winter - Wallbreaker
www.wallbreaker.co.uk
Ashley Wilks is the Founder and Director of Wallbreaker, an industry-leading video production company with the skills to promote, entertain and inspire. A dedicated team of storytellers, Wallbreaker specialises in creating outstanding video content that drives sales and communicates clients’ messages. Ashley graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2014 with a degree in Media Production and channelled his creativity into starting his own business with business partner and fellow Director Luke Winter. Founded in 2014 in the Cathedral City of Lincoln, the company has worked with more than 100 clients including Pfizer, Gousto, Welcome Break and Stagecoach.

Rachel Tweedale – Elite Fish & Chip Company
www.elitefishandchips.com
Rachel Tweedale is a third-generation family member of The Elite Fish & Chip Company, which was first established by Rachel’s grandparents in 1988. The company has gone on to become an award-winning fish and chip business which is a renowned family favourite among households in Lincolnshire with three outlets across the county. Rachel joined the family business at the age of 16, chopping lemons and buttering bread behind the takeaway counters before rising through the ranks. She has now become a driving entrepreneurial force within the company, overseeing all three restaurants and takeaways as well as co-directing the business.

Wellbeing Award of the Year

JPP
www.jppuk.net
Since its conception, JPP has steadily grown to become a consultancy that offers a broad range of services to a diverse client base. With Civil & Structural, Geotechnical & Environmental, Architecture and Surveying services, they pride themselves in offering a comprehensive consultancy service, which covers the residential, commercial, leisure, retail, health, educational, and transportation sectors of the market. Their employees are at the heart of their business. Their ongoing commitment to maintain the highest professional standards, enthusiasm, motivation and consistent hard work has enabled JPP to grow and develop into the thriving, competitive company it is today.

Midland Lead
www.midlandlead.co.uk
Midland Lead is the only UK manufacturer offering machine-cast, rolled and sandcast lead. A family owned company based in Swadlincote, they have been producing lead sheet for over 36 years - over 6000,000 tonnes for UK and overseas clients to date. A strong manufacturing heritage, their highly skilled workforce creates a diverse range of products for UK and global construction from recycled lead, combining traditional craftsmanship with a 21st century technology-led approach. Employing 51 staff, they produce over 15,000 tonnes of lead per year, have a turnover of £31,000,000 and are ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 and BBA certified.

Cross Productions
www.crossproductions.co.uk
Cross Productions enables businesses to grow through strategic marketing planning and implementation. Serving clients across the UK and overseas, the team strives for excellence in every aspect of its marketing strategies and adapts well to the changing standards of the current market. Cross provides its clients with a bespoke service, helping to define goals and assist the succession of their objectives. The company believes in crossing multiple channels, providing a substantial reach for a client’s audience and delivering measurable results. Cross has Leicester businesses at heart and supports them every step of the way helping achieve their business goals.

Community Award - Area only

EMA Training Limited
www.ematraining.co.uk
EMA Training has a main focus to engage with local secondary schools and support the need for placing school leavers into apprenticeship placements within the Accountancy, Payroll and IT industries. They support school students in general with CV workshops, interview skills within schools and further support the school leavers that have made the decision to embark on a career in Accountancy, Payroll and IT. EMA are passionate about placing the right apprentice with the most suitable employer, which is why they ensure they meet the learners face to face and then match the recruitment needs of the employer.

Sunrise Wellbeing
www.sunrisewellbeing.co.uk
Sunrise Wellbeing launched in November 2018 as a not-for-profit organisation to support children, young people and adults through therapeutic interventions in Leicester and Leicestershire. Shelley Smith, founder and psychotherapist, designed a bespoke flexible support service to be tailored to the individual's needs improving their mental health and wellbeing. Sunrise Wellbeing offer 1:1 counselling and psychotherapy sessions, group interventions, workshops and staff training. Alongside this work, Shelley is currently completing her MSc research raising awareness of trauma informed practice through understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The Way of the Horse
www.thewayofthehorse.co.uk
The Way of the Horse (TWOTH) offer specific self-help programs aimed at children and young adults, who, for whatever reasons, are struggling to cope mentally with education or family life. The programs were initially offered through Inclusion partnerships in Leicestershire. These organisations began referring disengaged students who were not coping in full time education. This lead to direct referrals from families of the young people, carers, and social workers who were looking for alternative facilities, which could make a difference using new methods, especially where previous support had failed.

Furnley House
www.furnleyhouse.co.uk
Furnley House is a firm of Independent Financial Advisers. Founded in 2013 to solve the issue of a lack of good quality, accessible advice available in the marketplace, Furnley House has grown into an established, successful IFA, helping thousands of happy clients work towards their dreams. They can help with Wealth management and inheritance tax planning, investment and retirement planning, equity release, mortgages, life assurance and family protection and much more. With eight IFAs and three Mortgage Advisers, they've grown incredibly quickly over the last few years and have great ambitions to continue to grow.

Tonic Health
www.tonic-health.co.uk
Tonic Health is a health and well-being Charity based in Spalding, South Lincolnshire. Specialising in dementia support and mental health, the charity runs a number of projects including a dementia cafe, dementia day care, mental health support group, men’s shed, adults with autism and veterans support. Tonic Health also host a number of therapists and exercise classes as well as hire room space to other local community and corporate organisations. They have recently opened a community cafe in a neighbouring village and are starting an expansion of services into nearby towns. They are a small charity with a big ambition!

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year

Kybotech
www.kybotech.co.uk
Charles Walton started Kybotech in 2000. Now recognised as the market leader in outdoor garden buildings, it operates under two brands, BillyOh.com and GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk. Charles set-up Garden Buildings Direct in 2000, and it was one of the first shed retailers to sell online. Charles’ family heritage is in garden buildings. His great, great grandfather started a timber manufacturing business in 1878, remaining in the family until its sale in 2005. Kybotech manufactures from its own 20-acre site in Worksop selling 165,000 sheds and outdoor buildings each year. There are 700 different products in the range.

Unity
www.weareunity.co.uk
Unity is a team of digital marketing professionals who work collaboratively to build exceptional web assets for their clients’ businesses. They work with one goal in mind – to generate results and ROI for clients. They do this by working in a fluid, cost-effective and jargon-free manner ensuring that the SME marketplace has access to market-leading digital products to help them generate more leads/sales online. Working together with their clients, they explore their business to identify new online opportunities and challenges ensuring that they deliver powerful online marketing campaigns that provide a real return on their investment.

VR Therapies
www.vrtherapies.co.uk
VR Therapies is a pioneering Northamptonshire-based social enterprise for children with special needs and adults with disabilities. Medical advances, VR and immersive therapeutic technology have opened up a whole new world, only limited by imagination. They take those too poorly to walk swimming with dolphins, children undergoing chemotherapy to explore space... This should be for everyone - not just those already in hospital, rich, or physically-able, but those who would benefit most, yet are least likely to access it.

Neuways
www.neuways.com
Neuways, a managed service provider (MSP), delivers bespoke IT solutions with a security-first focus. They offer exceptional IT services, support, and strategies with integrity, honesty, and outstanding expertise. Neuways helps organisations of all sizes reach their growth potential with the effective implementation of technology. With decades of industry experience supporting over 300 companies worldwide, Neuways creates technological solutions to key business challenges.

ANCHOR & CREW
www.anchorandcrew.com
Combining British craft manufacturing with a discerning modern-minimalist style, ANCHOR & CREW is multi-award winning ever since 2014 and believes in having a highly ethical and traceable supply chain. Taking ownership of an exploratory lifestyle and enjoying the Happy-Good Life, their celebrated craftsmen create unisex jewellery, accessories and lifestyle goods for the Modern Journeyman (and woman). Timelessly British by design and manufacture, ANCHOR & CREW is particularly known for their anchor, leather and rope bracelets, amongst other quality accessories. In Quality We Trust.

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year

The Perfect Balance Health & Lifestyle
www.theperfectbalancecompany.co.uk
Carolyn has a great wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the health and wellbeing industry. Her journey commenced in 1979 as a nurse, then later as a fitness/aerobics instructor. She competed as a bodybuilder in the 80's, achieving a position of 7th in Britain. Carolyn put her nursing and fitness together, training as a Sports/Remedial Therapist working with professional sports teams, athletes, Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor dancers, Northern Ballet, the Challenge Cup 1998 at Wembley and the Rugby League World Cup in 2000. Carolyn commenced her business in 2000 adding Life Coaching and teaching to her many skills.

KidsStop
www.kidsstop.co.uk
KidsStop opened in September 2007. They provide a mixture of breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday clubs and a preschool within the Northamptonshire area. They facilitate provision to enable working parents to work and give children somewhere safe to play and develop as individuals. They also provide children with a healthy breakfast before going to school! They provide varied opportunities that children might not experience at home. They have a strong experienced and qualified team across the sites, working with children with varied and diverse needs and backgrounds, giving them the best start in their Early Years.

Wellbeing Therapy Solutions
www.wellbeingtherapysolutions.co.uk
Wellbeing Therapy Solutions offer individual therapy, courses, workshops, training and mentoring to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Kate is an occupational therapist with a wealth of experience in health and education settings and works with individuals, workplaces and schools to develop skills and raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Kate offers bespoke services as well as Mental Health First Aid England products.

New Horizons Health

www.newhorizonshealth.co.uk

New Horizons Health are proud to work in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and The Gym Group, supplying professional teams of Personal Trainers and Group Exercise Instructors across the Midlands. Winners of Best Holistic Personal Training Provider - Derbyshire in the GHP Fitness and Nutrition Awards 2019, they focus on health benefits and improving quality of life for clients of all ages and abilities. Their zero-cost Personal Training Solution unlocks increased revenue potential for leisure centres and private gyms and their Group Exercise Instructor Agency reduces fitness class cancellations to improve member retention and customer satisfaction.

Shamshad Walker Marketing
www.shamshadwalker.co.uk
Shamshad Walker Marketing has a strong track record for supporting businesses from start-ups to large public sector organisations to communicate more effectively online. Shamshad is passionate about helping businesses to succeed. She supports clients by developing robust marketing plans and growing their business through social media and digital marketing campaigns. As a marketing trainer, she offers coaching and workshops via The Creative Quarter, D2N2 Starter Programme, Nottinghamshire Law Society and NatWest. Shamshad is well known for her successful business networking events that she organises in collaboration with NatWest. Plus, events she runs for Rushcliffe Business Partnership.