East of England

Celebrating Small Business Awards Postponed 

 

The FSB East of England Celebrating Small Business Awards in 2019 were a tremendous success – and our aim is to make 2020 even better.

We already know that the East of England boasts some of the best and most innovative small and micro businesses in the UK and we are now looking to find the ‘best of the best’ and reward the hard work and innovation that characterises the SME community in this lovely part of the world.

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Date:  Postponed - new date to be Confirmed 

Venue address:
Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk , CB8 0TF

Timings:
Registration from 12.00 noon.
Lunch and awards ceremony from
12.30 to 4.00pm and networking
up to 5.00pm

Dress code:
Business Attire

 

Our 2019 winners were: 

Employer of the Year winner:
Daniel Connal LLP

Community Award - Area only winner:
Sharing Parenting

 

Digital Innovation Award winner:
Systematics International Limited

Business & Product Innovation Award winner:
Sure Petcare

 

Family Business of the Year winner:
React Computer Partnership Ltd

Scale-Up Business of the Year winner:
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

 

International Business of the Year winner:
Morrison Freight Limited

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under) winner:
BRS Cleaning Contractors Ltd

 

Start-Up Business of the Year winner:
TrainAsONE

Micro Business of the Year winner:
Tring Martial Arts Academy LLP

 

Ethical - Green Business of the Year winner:
From Babies with Love

Business & Product Innovation Awards

Thermix UK Ltd
www.thermix.co.uk
Thermix is one of the UK’s heating product manufacturer of plinth heaters and fan convectors for residential properties and small offices. Thermix offers a large selection of plinth heating products and fan convectors to residential and light commercial markets through their innovative technologies. All the heating product currently made by Thermix can be used to replace the bulky radiator and save the valuable wall space. Thermix’s  success is continuous delivery of high quality innovative products made in Britain and its achieved by only selecting high quality materials and components.

Pecks Farm Shop
www.pecksfarmshop.co.uk
Pecks Farm Shop is an exciting and innovative Farm Shop, established on the family farm 17 years ago through the need to provide another income to support three generations. They come from humble beginnings, starting with £700.00 earned from planting a maize maze, to now, a newly renovated barn complete with bespoke wallpaper commissioned from a local artist and printed on to vinyl by local printers. The introduction of this unique shop decor is a taste of things to come! Supporting local, from jam and gin makers to web designers and marketing experts, many small local businesses are supported by Pecks.

MIT Dynamic Technologies Limited
www.mit-tech.co.uk
MIT are an innovative software house in Essex providing disruptive technologies to large blue-chip organisations to assist them with digital transformation projects. By embracing modern development frameworks and tools, their dedicated team can work from home or in the office, or even remotely connected to client systems to provide timely solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

AND Technology Research
www.andtr.com
AND Technology Research is a globally trusted technology service provider, delivering disruptive, highly innovative electronic and software solutions. Established 40 years ago, the female-lead company, run by founder Dr Valerie Lynch and daughter Dr Nicola Thorn, have brought to life 380 technology projects, ranging from lifesaving safety equipment for firefighters, to autonomous drones, to self-charging, battery-less smart consumer products. This multi-award-winning company is more than just an average consultancy. The inclusive working environment, family ethos, mentoring programmes along with game-changing innovations and high-quality service is why AND is an industry leading, international renowned, technology partner for over 250 customers worldwide.

SNAP
www.snapacc.com
By digitalising the way commercial road transport operates, SNAP is revolutionising the haulage sector and modernising industry procedures across the UK and Europe. SNAP was born during 2010 and has developed into an industry leading brand within the transport sector. Located in Norwich, SNAP’s digital service has transformed the haulage industry. SNAP are best known for their flagship product, the free, all-in-one smart payment solution, SNAP Account.

International Business of the Year

Cobalt Aerospace Ltd
www.cobaltaerospace.com
Cobalt Aerospace are a team of engineers, designers and trusted production experts developing creative solutions and practical products that provide comfort, safety, convenience and ambience for aircraft interiors. Credited with being the first to bring many game-changing products to market, Cobalt Aerospace have launched aircraft cabin innovations that include the original drop-in LED mood lighting system and the world's first-to-fly wireless chargers. All Cobalt Aerospace products are designed and manufactured in-house, ensuring stringent quality control. This commitment to craftsmanship has resulted in the company supplying products to many of the leading OEMs, flag carrier airlines, air framers and completion centres worldwide.

Morrison Freight Ltd
www.morrison.com
Morrison Freight is a freight forwarder which organises the transport of goods to and from Europe. The company was founded in 1990 and operated primarily as a road haulier serving the UK and German freight markets. Since then the business has grown and is now run by directors Lee Steward and Darren Ryan who took over in 2015. Based in Great Blakenham, Suffolk, they employ 20 staff working across the import and export departments of the business. They offer full load trailer services, part load trailer services, groupage, and express transport services to, from and within 25 countries.

HayPigs!®
www.haypigs.com
Essex based husband and wife team, Rik and Helen Cridland, are co-founders of HayPigs!®, home of the multi-award-winning HayPigs!® Guinea Pig Circus™. HayPigs!® design and produce enrichment toys, feeders and accessories for guinea pigs and other small animals. Their range of bespoke products has a circus theme and is designed to enhance and enrich the everyday lives of small furries and their owners.

Environmental Award

Aponic Ltd
www.aponic.co.uk
Aponic Ltd design, manufacture and build commercial aeroponic farms that use 90% less water yet grow 30% faster and deliver 30% higher yields for fresh produce and raw materials. The systems are streamlined to use less energy and run from sustainable power sources anywhere in the world to aid countries suffering with climatic problems and soil degradation and create the socio-economic building blocks to create new opportunities globally and break down the entry barriers to allow people to sustainably create their own food with no food miles and without the need for polluting energy or environmental damage.

Levin Sources
www.levinsources.com
Improving the mining sector’s relationship with the environment has been a key mission of Levin Sources since its 2010 inception, when sustainability and responsible sourcing expert Estelle Levin-Nally founded the social venture as half of the ASM-PACE partnership with the WWF. The project addressed the impact of artisanal and small-scale mining on ecosystems, including in Sierra Leone, Gabon and the DRC. Since then, Levin Sources’ core mission has expanded as the business creates enduring value for society and the environment by upholding human rights, conducting business responsibly and enabling good governance in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa
www.uffordpark.co.uk
Now in its 28th year, Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa is a highly-successful and well-established family business owned and run by the Aldous family. Ufford Park has introduced several environmental initiatives to protect wildlife, boost recycling and reduce waste. This extensive programme means the hotel is now one of the greenest in Suffolk.

Micro Business of the Year

TrainAsONE
www.trainasone.com
The company produces revolutionary cutting edge health and fitness technology to manage the physical and mental well-being of people around the globe. Its multi-award-winning product, TrainAsONE, is the first anticipatory health and fitness application in the world that employs AI, Machine Learning and Big Data. The product’s success and expanding notoriety has opened up a flood of partner opportunities working with big names, such as Garmin, Strava, Suunto, London Sport, Sport England, researchers from Bath, Southampton and Harvard Universities and Association of College Sports, as well as other organisations regarding Social Prescribing and Exercise on Prescription research and initiatives.

Rex Cleaning and Maintenance Ltd
www.rexcleaningandmaintenance.com
Craig Warren is a veteran who was medically discharged in 2004 and found it hard to cope with civilian life. When he found a job in cleaning he discovered he was quite good at it, so started his own cleaning and maintenance company, covering end of tenancy cleans to block cleaning, jet washing etc. He wanted to give something exceptional to his clients and give back to those who served, so he decided to employ ex-military personnel, regardless of whether they suffered from injury or illness.

HayPigs!®
www.haypigs.com
Essex based husband and wife team, Rik and Helen Cridland, are co-founders of HayPigs!®, home of the multi-award-winning HayPigs!® Guinea Pig Circus™. HayPigs!® design and produce enrichment toys, feeders and accessories for guinea pigs and other small animals. Their range of bespoke products has a circus theme and is designed to enhance and enrich the everyday lives of small furries and their owners.

Fairview Farm Enterprises CIC
www.fairviewfarm.org
Fairiew Farm Enterprises is an aspirational day care provision for young adults with disabilities. With high quality, accessible and purpose-built facilities, built within the grounds of the owner’s rural small holding, Fairview prides itself on providing meaningful and well-planned activities to support with independence and social and academic skills. These activities include: animal care, cooking, the Arts, English and maths, shopping, budgeting, trips out, sport … and more. Fairview is unique as it caters exclusively to the specific needs of young adults aged 16-30 as they navigate and transition from the security of school and college into the adult world.

Achieve Your Greatness Limited
www.achieveyourgreatness.co.uk
Achieve Your Greatness Ltd is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Training School. They deliver high quality training to corporate clients such as Ford Motor Company and Essex County Council as well as opening up the opportunity for local businesses to take part in ‘blue-chip’ standard training that isn’t normally available to them. They share insights from the science of neuroplasticity, performance psychology and NLP combined with business skills and knowledge to give their students a unique learning experience. They share with them an amazing tool-set to enable them to achieve greatness in both their business and personal lives.

Start-Up Business of the Year

Kendrick’s of Rochford
www.kendricksbarbers.com
Jon Kendrick has been in the hair industry for 18 years and he decided to open up his own Professional Male Grooming Centre. Jon saw that there was a gap in the market for the area in which he opened up. Kendrick's of Rochford offers a range of services from haircuts, facials, traditional wet shave experiences as well as babies first haircuts. Kendrick's also offers its very own range of hair products from hair waxes to beard balms, oil, moisturisers, as well as shampoos and conditioners.

Your Marketing Guy
www.yourmarketingguy.co.uk
Your Marketing Guy is a digital marketing agency helping local businesses thrive in the online world without a hefty price tag attached. Launched in the summer of 2018, Your Marketing Guy has a real focus on helping provide instant and cost-effective solutions for smaller, local businesses that also deserve the success and online presence as those with larger budgets. Giving back the control to business owners to select what they want, how much they spend and how quickly they want the result is all possible with Your Marketing Guy. Founded by Team GB and Olympic Volleyballer, Nathan French.

Alchemy & I
www.alchemyandi.co.uk
Alchemy & I is a ground-breaking hair salon situated in the heart of Berkhamsted. The salon boasts a collective of the very best, award-winning and coveted Colour and Cutting Alchemists in the country who skilfully cut and style while clients sit back and relax. In the regency room, clients enjoy transformational hair colouring, precision cutting, and styling while surrounded by lavish, regal styled decor. Or, for one of the best ‘Blowdry Experiences’, clients can unwind at the Alchemy & I Blowdry Bar where cocktails of choice and plenty of bubbles can be relished in the company of friends.

Flagship Trucks Ltd
www.flagshiptraininguk.com
Founded by Pete and Maggie Rushmer, Flagship Trucks operate under 2 brands. Flagship Training UK is Flagship's training business that supports many businesses in different sectors with engaging, quality and interactive training solutions, including First Aid, Mental Health, Online and Business Skills Training. Flagship Trucks support Goods Vehicle Operators with Compliance and Consultation services as well as bespoke, training solutions for Driver CPC.

Ipswich Dog Daycare Creche Ltd
www.ipswichdogdaycarecreche.co.uk
Ipswich Dog Daycare Creche Ltd, first opened its doors on the 26th February 2018. It began as a franchise but in April 2019 they became independent and went from strength to strength. They provide doggy daycare from Monday to Friday to busy owners, in a bespoke purposely kitted out industrial unit. 'Aunty Clare' Holmes is the proud business owner and along with her Veteran Ex Army husband (disabled/leg amputee) they have worked tirelessly to ensure the business has flourished and grown over the first two years.

High Growth Business of the Year

DLRC Ltd
www.dlrc.co.uk
DLRC Limited is a leading multi-award winning Global Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs consultancy boasting more than 600 years of cumulative experience based in Letchworth Garden City. The dynamic and award-winning team provides a comprehensive regulatory affairs service from strategic advice in early drug development, to compilation and management of regulatory submissions. With high quality at the heart of the business, since 2005 DLRC has helped companies ranging from Top 5 Global Pharma companies to small start-ups and Biotechs to maximise the commercial value and timely marketing of their products. DLRC are also proud holders of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International-Trade.

TrainAsONE
www.trainasone.com
The company produces revolutionary cutting edge health and fitness technology to manage the physical and mental well-being of people around the globe. Its multi-award-winning product, TrainAsONE, is the first anticipatory health and fitness application in the world that employs AI, Machine Learning and Big Data. The product’s success and expanding notoriety has opened up a flood of partner opportunities working with big names, such as Garmin, Strava, Suunto, London Sport, Sport England, researchers from Bath, Southampton and Harvard Universities and Association of College Sports, as well as other organisations regarding Social Prescribing and Exercise on Prescription research and initiatives.

Quentor Ltd
www.quentor.com
Quentor is a second generation family run business established in 1972. The business specialises in the design and on-site manufacture of bespoke products to some of the most demanding clients and industries in the world. Kate Asbury leads a talented team of dedicated and passionate staff from its facility based in Norwich, Norfolk. Quentor supply to highly recognised premium brands across many sectors including, elite motor sport, defence and aerospace. Product innovation, manufacturing and design experience spans 48 years. The team have developed strong working relationships with customers, suppliers and staff leading to the creation of long term sustainable growth.

Morrison Freight Ltd
www.morrison.com
Morrison Freight is a freight forwarder which organises the transport of goods to and from Europe. The company was founded in 1990 and operated primarily as a road haulier serving the UK and German freight markets. Since then the business has grown and is now run by directors Lee Steward and Darren Ryan who took over in 2015. Based in Great Blakenham, Suffolk, they employ 20 staff working across the import and export departments of the business. They offer full load trailer services, part load trailer services, groupage, and express transport services to, from and within 25 countries.

Family Business of the Year

CGM Group Limited
www.cgmltd.co.uk
Founded in 1985 by Tim Glover, the family initially started out by tending to the landscaping needs of churchyards and maintaining open spaces for Parish Councils throughout Norfolk before winning their first major contract with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council. 35 years on and Tim is still at the helm, with wife Julie and their sons Marcus (and his wife Abi) and Sam all actively involved in managing various departments and divisions in what is now a leading regional Landscaping and Horticultural Services business.

Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd
www.cbsolarshading.co.uk
Caribbean Blinds, established in 1987 and based in Sudbury, Suffolk, are the leading family owned designer, manufacturer and installer of luxury external shading systems in the UK, including stylish patio awnings that provide instant shade and shelter, innovative external blinds, that offer unbeatable solar heat and light control and award winning louvered roofs (Outdoor Living PodTM) that offer all weather protection, enabling use of the outdoor space all year round. The company is run by brothers Stuart and Brad Dantzic (second generation) whilst their parents (founders) Ray and Angie Dantzic remain on the board.

Alchemy
www.alchemyrecruitment.com
Alchemy is a successful, family-run, and international talent firm operating within specialist markets. With 32 members they are a pint-sized powerhouse! Alchemy’s practice is focused on the movement of people and goods globally, flagship services include staffing and consultancy across Global Mobility, Shipping and Logistics. Alchemy was founded by Managing Director, Jeanette Parradine (GMS, FIRP) in 1995, working alongside her husband Terry Parradine (Director). Their daughter, Tiffany Parradine (GMS) joined the business in 2010, working her way up the ladder to become Associate Director in 2018. The Parradines continue to instil family values throughout the business to the present day.

The Accountancy Practice
www.theaccountancypractice.com
Family values of commitment, compassion and collaboration underpin the service from The Accountancy Practice, Royston. Specialising in supporting start-ups and small businesses, they pride themselves on providing business mentoring and a friendly jargon free approach. The business was set up in 1989 by John Froggett - a sole trader operating from home - in 2013 his two sons joined the business, and then their partners. Within the team of ten, seven are now from the extended family. Operating from high street offices, David Froggett is now the MD and the business has a strong vision and an ambitious five year plan.

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa
www.uffordpark.co.uk
Now in its 28th year, Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa is a highly-successful and well-established family business owned and run by the Aldous family. The venue was opened by Shirley and Colin Aldous in 1992 and the couple now sit on the board. Their daughter Tarnia Robertson became Managing Director in April 2015 after working for the business for 15 years. Tarnia is supported by husband Stuart, a non-executive director and owner of The DoctorGolf Academy. Her eldest works part-time in the restaurant, Oliver, 21, works behind the bar during holidays and Georgia, 18, works part-time on spa reception.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

Jade Holly Smith - The Saddle Bank Ltd
www.TheSaddleBank.com
The Saddle Bank was established in December 2016 to offer horse owners a safe place to purchase quality used saddles online, competitively priced, delivered direct to their door.   Founder Jade Holly Smith has driven the business forward through application of business knowledge, passion, and determination. The business started with just £800, has grown over 170% year on year since it began, achieving almost £500,000 in saddle sales in 2019. This year The Saddle Bank is set to launch its own range of accessory products.

Kelly Cartwright - Jark Norfolk Ltd
www.jark.co.uk/norfolk
Jark Norfolk Ltd is an award-winning specialist construction recruitment agency based in Norwich, providing site Trades, Labour and Management Personnel across East Anglia. Kelly Cartwright is the Managing Director of the business, as an empowering and inspirational leader. With almost 10 years' construction recruitment knowledge under her belt combined with her natural entrepreneurship, resilience and ambition to provide an unmatched service to their candidates and customers alike, the core values of the business are strong, driving them to have year on year growth.

Billy Brundle - Two Point Zero IT
www.twopointzeroit.co.uk
TwoPointZero IT began trading in 2015 – launched by two colleagues, Billy Brundle and Alex Chapman who wanted to create an IT company with integrity, business focus and generally break the stereotypical mould of IT companies. The business began from a living room but has grown steadily and recently moved to its third location, now on the Masterlord Estate in Ipswich. TwoPointZero IT Provide Managed IT support services to SMEs across Suffolk, Essex and into London and supports clients from ‘one man bands’ to larger corporations – including clients in the manufacturing and engineering sectors as well as schools and accountants.

Rosie Kefford - Rosie's Hair & Beauty Studios
www.rosiekeffordmua.com
Rosie's Hair & Beauty Studios comprise of two salons, based in Beccles and Norwich. The teams also provide freelance wedding Hair and Make Up services across the east of England and are now the highest recommended bridal stylists by many popular venues in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Norwich Studio provides a training academy which enables students to become fully qualified and insurable within the industry and together the team at Rosie's also offer a mobile glitter and braiding bar which is regularly used by the likes of Latitude Festival, Topshop, Cath Kidston and Cuba De Revolutions Bars.

Wellbeing Award of the Year

Xigen
www.xigen.co.uk
Xigen is a website design and digital marketing agency specialising in ecommerce, working with businesses to provide outstanding ecommerce solutions. It provides intuitive and frictionless online shopping experiences—the key to growing ecommerce business and increasing brand equity. Any business is only as good as its people—they are the business. Xigen's talented staff of in-house creative and technical professionals ranges from project managers to designers and developers to UX strategists, marketing creatives and support team. Xigen's diverse, hardworking and focused specialists love what they do and are proud to be part of a fun-loving and mutually supportive agency team.

VerriBerri
www.verriberri.co.uk
VerriBerri are a marketing and PR agency offering assistance to a variety of industries. They believe that every company deserves a high-quality PR and marketing agency, without the London price tag. VerriBerri believe in transparency and as a result have an open book policy from payment to completion. The fact is, it is much more important to earn your trust than it is to earn your money.

Face to Face Finance (Anglia) Ltd
www.ftof-finance.co.uk
Face to Face Finance is a friendly firm of independent financial advisers. They help individuals and businesses make the most of their money, offering advice on investments, pensions, protection and more. The aim is to help clients plan for a financially secure future whilst also making the most of life today. Their independent status means they’re free to put their clients’ needs at the heart of everything they do. The team works hard to provide the best service to everyone they meet. It’s their hard work, talent and personality that keeps customers happy.

CMG Technologies
www.cmgtechnologies.co.uk
CMG is the only business in the UK offering metal injection moulding (MIM) – a manufacturing method for metal, used to produce precise, complex metal parts in large quantities at reduced prices to standard manufacturing processes. Work includes manufacturing and supplying injection moulded components to the medical, aerospace, automotive and industrial sectors. CMG facilitates the entire MIM process in house - from tool design and build to compounding the feedstock to the final sintering stage. This control allows it to manage the consistency and dimensional repeatability of parts produced, enabling it to supply components of unrivalled quality maintaining full ISO9001-2015 accreditation.

Community Award – Area only

Oakes Barn Partners Ltd
www.oakesbarn.co.uk
Oakes Barn opened in November 2013 as a free house serving six real ales and a selection of craft beer and lager, an excellent range of wines, gins, and ciders alongside homemade food. They wanted the business to be community spirited, as well as embracing the historical links to the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds and James Oakes, the historian that the business took its name and inspiration from. Their aim was simple, they wanted to create a hub for people to meet, socialise and make friends.

Elton Village Store
www.eltonvillagestore.com
Elton Village Store are an independent shop in a small village called Elton. They selling mostly local produce and specialise in vegan, gluten free and plastic free. They support 10 other local independent businesses by allowing them to sell their goods within the Elton Village Store. They also support three local charities.

Compleat Office Solutions Ltd
www.compleatoffice.co.uk
Compleat Office Solutions Ltd launched an initiative to enable them to place 24-hour accessible defibrillators throughout the local community. They did this by involving their customers encouraging them to return their used ink and toner cartridges which are then sent for recycling with all funds raised going towards their defibrillator campaign. Local parish councils and OurBuryStEdmunds have also supported the campaign with some funding and suggestions of places to site the defibrillators. Paul Hicklin from Compleat Office is also working with town councillors to raise awareness.

Mackman Ltd
www.mackman.co.uk
Mackman is a leading full-service marketing agency based in Sudbury, Suffolk and comprising a multi-disciplinary team of marketing specialists. Their unifying strap-line, ‘together we grow’, propels their relationships with clients, suppliers, colleagues and the rural community in which they operate, and where rural deprivation is a factor for many. Clients say they value Mackman’s ability to partner with them to grasp known challenges, to identify opportunities and to continually evolve, refresh and grow their organisations. As well as its national and international clients, Mackman provides the same expertise to companies and charities serving their local community at subsidised rates.

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year

The Saddle Bank Ltd
www.TheSaddleBank.com
The Saddle Bank was established in December 2016 to offer horse owners a safe place to purchase quality used saddles online, competitively priced, delivered direct to their door. The name The Saddle Bank, refers to the definition of ‘bank’ meaning “a site where something may be deposited for recycling”. The Saddle Bank specialise in ‘recycling’ quality used saddles, by finding them a new home. They offer customers a five day trial on all saddles, enabling customers to try the saddle on the horse and have a local qualified saddle fitter to assess the fit for horse and rider.

PolicyBee LLP
www.policybee.co.uk
PolicyBee is a specialist business and charity insurance broker from Suffolk which started nine years ago with the purpose of making professional indemnity insurance painless. The company lives by five core values - smile, connected, precise, attentive and vivid - and boasts a tight knit team of skilled individuals with 15 years’ digital experience. Customers’ needs are placed front and centre by these loyal, happy staff who act as ambassadors for the company. The business expanded this year after two years’ incubating a small charity division based on its existing successful business model for online small business insurance.

Big Business Events Ltd
www.bigbusinessevents.co.uk
Big Business Events delivers courses, events and programmes all over the world that teach businesses how to scale up and significantly increase their turnover using social media and digital marketing methods that founder Adam Stott has used himself to generate in excess of £50 million worth of sales. These events are accessible to all start-up and small businesses as the methodology and tips can be applied to any industry. Big Business Events also offers a range of online wealth coaching courses including Inner Circle Training, Social Media Secrets and Millionaire Business Secrets.

AAH Software
www.aahsoftware.uk
AAH Software is helping world-leading medical researchers undertake groundbreaking research in the most modern, dynamic and secure way possible. They deliver bespoke software solutions that enable teams at the University of East Anglia, (UEA) University College London (UCL), Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and more to identify the early signs of cognitive disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Often they find themselves filling an essential knowledge gap in medical research teams, particularly in an era where the demand for technology-driven solutions is high.

MultiMatts Ltd
www.multimatts.co.uk
MultiMatts Ltd is a fast growing e-commerce company that specialises in the supply and distribution of commercial and industrial matting and flooring solutions for both hire and sale. They offer an extensive range of solutions providing temporary access, ground protection and ground stabilisation which are used within construction, civil engineering, event and leisure industries. Over and above this, they provide a number of non-slip, anti-fatigue and workplace matting systems that would be used in production and manufacturing facilities and food processing plants. MultiMatts Ltd also offer alternative options for the customer and buyback schemes on certain projects and scenarios.

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year

The Massage Hut
www.the-massage-hut.co.uk
The Massage Hut is a unique and tranquil massage studio situated in the beautiful gardens of The Grove, Cromer. Christy Lewis-Phillips, a therapist local to the area, runs the business and leads a team of self-employed, holistic massage therapists who are passionate about providing a tailored service to clients that is responsive to their emotional and physical needs. One-to-one consultation is offered prior to each massage, allowing therapists to develop an understanding of the client's wellbeing, lifestyle and reason for the massage. Treatments are then tailored to the individual, making them more personal and effective.

Barkley Grange
www.barkleygrange.com
Barkley Grange is a dog daycare centre, dog grooming parlour and boutique dog shop based in Cambridgeshire. Barkley Grange’s bespoke dog daycare service is based around lots of fun and activities for the dogs. Situated on a private farm, long walks, agility, and swimming in their own private lake form some of the activities. The grooming parlour offers 1-2-1 dog grooming in a calm and quiet parlour with City and Guilds qualified staff, whilst the shop is stocked full of goodies from other UK based businesses including lots of natural treats and top quality British dog foods.

Creative Stripes
www.creativestripes.co.uk
Creative Stripes is a collective of creatives led by Lydia, who has more than 20 years of experience. From branding design, strategy and evolution to creative branding, marketing and websites, Creative Stripes brings together the experience, support and creativity. As a result of a passion for design and creative solutions, Lydia has built a business built on recommendations and her passion. Career highlights to date include creative work for well-known brands such as Eurostar, Singapore Airlines, and eHarmony. Lydia works with small brands and start-ups and prides herself on finding budget-friendly and creative ways to bring campaigns and ideas to life.

The Fat Pizza
www.thefatpizza.co.uk
The Fat Pizza combine a great pizza, state of the art A.I. automation technology, peerless feedback mechanisms, community fundraising as well as a focus on sustainability and Carbon Free Dining to be the best at what they do. The first pizza store to use a comprehensive chatbot to attract instant feedback from customers in order to become better! The Fat Pizza was also the pilot for the first GLOBAL trial of seaweed sachets in order to reduce single use plastic. Seeing that they take over every pizza market they enter, they are now franchising and aim to open 20 stores this year!