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Best in the west’ chosen at South West small business awards

An amazing array of small businesses -  ranging from a Dorset biscuit manufacturer to a Bristol cats’ café  - were unveiled as the ‘best in the West’ at the FSB South West small business awards final this week. 

The South West area finals of the FSB ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020’ took place at Somerset County Cricket Ground on Wednesday and SMEs from a far apart as the Forest of Dean and the Isles of Scilly were on the shortlist for the highly-prestigious awards.

Among those claiming the trophies were Dorset based sleeping bag manufacturers Slumbersac (International Business of the Year winners) and 26-year-old Cheltenham man Oliver Bruce who was chosen as the region’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Other well-deserving companies who emerged victorious on the day came from Salisbury (Wiltshire), Truro (Cornwall), Ilminster (Somerset), Hayle (Cornwall), Cheddar (Somerset), Swindon (Wiltshire) and two from Torquay in Devon.    

Indian cookery school Pure Punjabi Ltd from the New Forest, near Salisbury, won the prized Family Business of the Year Award trophy and Surinder Hothi-Bellamy said she was thrilled to be taking the award back to her three children in the family business - Safia Hothi-Bellamy and Samir and Aaron Bellamy

“We are delighted to win this award as the whole reason we created this business was for the family. My real purpose in starting the company was so that if my three children ever needed to take time out of work to look after their children they would be able to so and always have a good business to go back to.”   

Equally delighted were the Micro Business of the Year award winners, Bristol cat café You&Meaow. Their director Ewa Rukat, who had also been shortlisted in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category, said she was stunned to hear she had won an award against very tough opposition.

“I am very emotional to have won this and very grateful. This feels very special to me especially as it is the same week we have passed our third anniversary in Bristol. This will be a great encouragement for the business going forward.”

Lee Nathan, whose business has offices in Plymouth and Bristol and is the FSB Regional Chairman for the South West, said the diversity and strength of the region’s small business community was perfectly illustrated at the awards

““It was a fantastic day which showed the amazing range of small businesses we have in the South West. More people than ever entered our awards this time and we would urge all the small businesses in the South West to follow their example and take part next year to make it and even bigger and better celebration of the small business community,” he said. 

Our 2020 South West Winners were:

International Business of the Year
Slumbersac 

Business & Product Innovation Awards
The Great British Biscotti 

 

Community Award – Area only
St Petrocs

High Growth Business of the Year
Ultrabeam Hydrographic Limited

 

Environmental Award
Total Renewable Solutions SWLtd 

Micro Business of the Year
You&Meow Limited

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 
Oliver Bruce - PinPointMedia 

Family Business of the Year
Pure Punjabi Ltd 

 

Start-Up Business of the Year
Ocean Adventurers 

 

Wellbeing Award of the Year
Excalibur Communications 

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year
The 25 Boutique B&B

 

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year 
Refresh Cartridges 

 

International Business of the Year

ACH
www.ach.org.uk
During the past ten years, ACH has changed from a small-scale housing provider located in inner-city Bristol to a leading provider of refugee integration and employment services for newly arrived communities in the UK. ACH employs 70+ staff, work with 2,500 people per year, deliver services in the West of England and the West Midlands, and offer advice and assistance across the UK and beyond. Their focus has been on establishing refugees as a viable talent pool within the economy, whilst delivering on their social impact commitments.

International Trade Matters Limited
www.internationaltradematters.com
International Trade Matters provides one-to-one support for those directly involved with the exporting function and working in global markets. This involves working with teams of international experts giving professional advice, support, and working with British companies from all sectors, including a dedicated helpline, or advice on how to respond to queries. ITM works across the globe with compliance services and the internationalisation of support for UK companies post-Brexit, with marketing, PR, and many other services. They work with overseas customers looking to work and collaborate in the UK market-especially trade missions.

Southdown Duvets
www.southdownduvets.com
Protecting one of the oldest breeds of British sheep, Southdown Duvets is a one-lady business, established 10 years ago, globally supplying award-winning wool bedding – duvets, pillows and mattress covers. They have excellent eco/health credentials – 100% bio-degradable (no micro-fibres), 100% recyclable, fully traceable (from sheep to sleep), sustainable, cruelty free (unlike goose down), and hypo-allergenic (sleep like a lamb). Because the fleece is fluffy (lofty), Southdown Duvets is the luxury range and focused on customised service, affording customers the most flexible refund/exchange on the basis that bedding is personal. They have 100% Five-star Trustpilot reviews.

Slumbersac Trading Company Ltd
www.slumbersac.co.uk
Slumbersac Trading Co.Ltd is an award-winning leading children's sleeping bag manufacturer and online retail company successfully operating in Europe, Australia, North and South America as well as Asia. Slumbersac has over 15 years' experience and has grown from 500k GBP in 2012 to a 7 million GBP turnover business in 2018. Slumbersac sleeping bags are designed for mums by mums. For every sleeping bag sold, Slumbersac donates a percentage of profits to charitable projects around the world, helping children and families less fortunate. Slumbersac also works closely with Julia's House Children's Hospice and The Children's Sleep Charity.

MGV Productions Ltd
www.mgvp.tv
MGV Productions, founded by Gavin Sheppard, Jon Palfrey and Dan Butler, is an award winning Video Production company having been accredited as SME Video Production company of 2019. They work with high end clients across the globe to produce stunning cinematic promotional films that truly capture the client messages, across multiple marketing platforms from website to social media, linkedIn to Instagram. From Luxury resorts across the globe to Michelin star chefs, corporate events to charities, one day shoots to much larger productions, they bring their quality, dedication and professionalism to every client and project.

Environmental Award

SunGift Energy
www.sungiftsolar.co.uk
SunGift Energy specialise in designing and installing clean technologies into new or existing infrastructures, including solar PV, energy storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and LED lighting. They're not just installers; they take on the significant challenges of designing top-quality systems using specialist software. Driven to ensure our customers have the best possible experience of renewable energy by providing systems with first-rate components and the highest standards of workmanship, SunGift always offer a bespoke solution, whether for an individual homeowner, a company or a community group. They are expert at helping our customers achieve optimal energy savings through clean energy systems.

Total Renewable Solutions SW Ltd
www.totalrenewablesolutions.com
Total Renewable Solutions, owned by Luke and Beverley Reed, is more than just a renewable energy installation company. They are an MCS accredited installer who believes in renewable energy solutions and works to educate both consumers and installers on the benefits of renewable technologies from Air Source Heatpumps to Solar Panels to Biomass Boilers. TRS is a BPEC-accredited training centre encouraging Heating installers to get involved in Renewable Tecnologies. Once qualified, TRS gives installers opportunities to work with them on projects across the South West. The whole team at TRS is passionate about making a positive impact to climate change.

Pretty Sitting Upholstery & Interiors Ltd
www.prettysittingvintage.co.uk
Pretty Sitting Upholstery & Interiors Ltd was started by two experienced upholsterers, Jillian Humphrey and Lucy Mead, in April 2019. Creating a partnership allowed them to set up a business that offers reupholstery and soft furnishings services; an upholstery and craft training school and a local and online shop selling restored vintage chairs; upcycled furniture; products made of recycled plastics and yarns and handmade soft furnishings. An interiors consultancy service also promotes a sustainable approach to creating individual and intriguing spaces.

Naked Solar Ltd
www.nakedsolar.co.uk
Multi award winning Naked Solar offer impartial advice helping their customers explore the whole Solar market to find the right solution for their needs. Established in 2009, Naked Solar are the South West’s leading Solar PV installer – specialising in Solar and battery storage, their approach to renewables has seen the company go from strength to strength.

Mike Wye & Associates Ltd
www.mikewye.co.uk
Mike Wye manufactures and supplies traditional lime mortars, plasters and limewash. As a retailer and wholesaler it sells direct to the public, to the trade and to builders merchants. It is one of the foremost UK suppliers of natural and hydraulic limes, sustainable and natural insulation including recycled foam glass, cork, woodfibre boards, sheeps wool and recycled plastic insulation. It also stocks a wide range of natural paints and decorating products which it ships throughout the UK and beyond. All of this is supported by high quality support from their Technical Sales team at any stage of a project.

Woodovis Caravan & Camping Ltd
www.woodovis.com
Woodovis Park is a small, peaceful Five star holiday park near the ancient Stannary Market town of Tavistock, nestled on the edge of Devon’s Tamar Valley: an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s ideally located for exploring the West Country, with endless places to visit and things to do. Owned by Chris and Mo Eastwood who have a fantastic team behind them, you’re guaranteed a warm, friendly welcome. Whether you’re camping, touring or staying in a luxury caravan, Woodovis Park has won many top level awards for its superb facilities and services and is highly recommended by its previous guests.

Micro Business of the Year

Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor
www.barringtonayre.co.uk
Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor, founded by Tom Wharton, is a luxury bespoke and made to order clothing company. Making clothing for men, women and children and ranging from classic suits to bespoke jeans, from tweed clothing to leather wear and from sports jackets to velvet jackets and everything in between. Making clothing for the likes of Dan Walker from the BBC, Robbie Savage, David 'Bumble' Lloyd, Anton du Beke and Michael Vaughan to name a few. They also recently launched a new concept in retail with their Luxury Lifestyle Hub, based alongside their classic Tailoring Showroom.

Casual Media Ltd T/A Man Savings
www.mansavings.co.uk
Man Savings was created in October 2015 by Gareth Parker. Initially as an off the cuff idea for a chance to earn some extra income to whilst working full time as a recruitment consultant. A deals and offers page for men’s clothing on Social Media, focussing on many designer brands and labels, but with a focus predominantly on adidas footwear. Using affiliate links, income is generated from commissions from the partnered retailers when sales are completed. They are now partnered with over 60 different menswear retailers and brands.

You&Meow Limited
www.youandmeow.co.uk
Ewa Rukat, originally from Poland, at the age of 24, has successfully crowdfunded £20,786 to start her dream - You&Meow, Bristol's First Cat Cafe. A cat cafe is just like a regular cafe, with one furry difference – it's full of beautiful cats! All of You&Meow's residents are rescue cats, with the aim to be re-homed in the future. You&Meow is designed as a Japanese Zen Garden, and at its core, strives to be Your Place of Well-Being - to help you find your personal haven of peace and tranquillity while helping cats in need of a new home.

Eclectic Gift Shop
www.eclecticgiftshop.co.uk
Eclectic Gift Shop is home to over 60 small, independent businesses and they sell a wide and wonderful range of greetings cards, artwork and gifts designed and made in Bristol. They opened their doors in September 2017 and are at the very heart of their High Street and community and have been at the forefront in organising community events. They host weekly workshops where a local business owner teaches a new creative skill. Examples include jewellery making, fusing glass, coaster making, knitting, crotchet, macramé and they host workshops for children too!

Start-Up Business of the Year

Ultrabeam Hydrographic Limited
www.ultrahydrographic.com
Ultrabeam was formed in 2018 by Gabriel Walton and Andy McLeay to provide an innovative approach to the marine asset survey and inspection market. Developing revolutionary methods for conducting surveys using unmanned survey vessels (USVs), designed and built in-house, Ultrabeam combines innovation with cutting-edge data processing and visualisation methods to provide deliverables which outperform anything currently available in the marine industry. Far exceeding company growth expectations, successful completion of projects across 4 continents, and with 84% of sales in the renewables sector, Ultrabeam has demonstrated demand for its pioneering specialised survey platforms and services in a global, expanding market.

The Study Buddy
www.thestudybuddy.com
The Study Buddy is an innovative approach to revising for exams. They have solved the age-old of problem of knowing where to start and how much has to be done. This brings a myriad of associated benefits including reducing stress - for both students and parents. They take subjects, like History, and break them down into sets of bite sized chunks. Working with their week ahead Buddy Board, students allocate study time around their other commitments. It helps young people maintain balance and, crucially, giving them and their parents’ confidence that everything is under control.

Plymouth Laser Clinic
www.plymouthlaserclinic.co.uk
Plymouth Laser Clinic is a newly formed aesthetic clinic founded by Ben Kelly in June 2018, offering a wide range of laser services including; tattoo removal, hair removal, pigmentation reduction and skin rejuvenation. Ben is a father of two young children and a budding entrepreneur with a desire to develop the South-West's leading aesthetic clinic. Ben is highly focused on delivering the highest standard of service for his customers and recognises that customer service and a quality product are key to success.

U4 Developments UK Ltd
www.u4utilities.co.uk
U4 Developments UK Ltd offer a unique service for the construction, building and development industry offering a fully managed bespoke utility and infrastructure service. Utility and infrastructure services can now be taken over by this professional experienced group of project managers as a Done-For-You end to end service. The usual experience of a frustrating, tedious, complex and often slow response from the usual Network Providers can impact progress for builders who are self-managing. Now Builders and Developers alike can get on with the construction whilst leaving the Admin, Management, and Connections to U4 Developments UK.

Ocean Adventurers
www.oceanadventurers.com
Ocean Adventurers opened in July 2019 and is one of the largest and most interactive soft play centres in the South West. Ocean Adventurers is not just your average soft play, offering a best in class experience in cleanliness, safety, adult experience and learning and development. It caters for children aged 0-12 years offering structured and unstructured play in a safe, stimulating environment. It also has one of the only role play villages in the South West to fuel imagination and creativity!

High Growth Business of the Year

Busy Bees Cleaning & Maintenance 2000 Ltd
www.busybees2000.co.uk

Busy Bees was established in 1998 by Amy Welch and Caron Henwood, who have been friends since they were 9 years old. Busy Bees is a local, friendly and reliable Cleaning, Gardening and facilities Maintenance Company. They are based in Frome and have grown from an investment of £600 personal funds between them to set the business up with the initial business plan. This evidence of business growth from a small investment and development of services started with Domestic cleaning service, offering services to public and private sectors including specialist crime scene and trauma, pest control and fire damage cleans.

Alto Aerospace Ltd
www.altoaero.com
Alto Aerospace is an aviation company supplying services to UK government agencies and corporate clients. Alto Aerospace started trading in 2018 and has continued to grow and develop month on month with the latest accreditation being granted January this year allowing Alto Aerospace to operate as a commercial air carrier. Although only a fledgling company, the development and growth has been significant and continues to strive to be a market leader for safety, customer service and innovation within the niche market that they operate in.

PinPointMedia
www.pinpoint-media.global
PinPointMedia is a national media company based across 3 offices (Cheltenham, Manchester & London). PinPoint Specialise in producing purpose driven content (film, animation, photography and video brochures) for PLC's through to SME's across the UK and overseas. With nearly 30 staff, three offices and now in its seventh year, PinPointMedia pride themselves on being absolute experts in what they do. This passion for perfection has seen PinPointMedia rank in the top 5% of production companies in the UK boasting clients such as Barratt Developments PLC, British Gas, Babcock International and EasyJet.

Ultrabeam Hydrographic Limited
www.ultrahydrographic.com
Ultrabeam was formed in 2018 by Gabriel Walton and Andy McLeay to provide an innovative approach to the marine asset survey and inspection market. Developing revolutionary methods for conducting surveys using unmanned survey vessels (USVs), designed and built in-house, Ultrabeam combines innovation with cutting-edge data processing and visualisation methods to provide deliverables which outperform anything currently available in the marine industry. Far exceeding company growth expectations, successful completion of projects across 4 continents, and with 84% of sales in the renewables sector, Ultrabeam has demonstrated demand for its pioneering specialised survey platforms and services in a global, expanding market.

Family Business of the Year

The Cove Cafe Bar
www.thecovedevon.co.uk
The Cove Cafe Bar was opened in 2014 by Shelley and Toby, a husband and wife team who had just moved from Cheshire with their 9 month old son to Hope Cove in search of a better life. Having never worked in the hospitality trade before they set about building a business with real family values, based on what they really loved and what local families could enjoy all year around. In such a seasonal area, next to one of St Austell’s flagship pubs, this was no easy task but they have loved every minute.

Chester Pearce Funeral Service
www.chesterpearce.com
Chester Pearce Funeral Service, set up in 2011 by Stephen Nimmo, was joined soon after by his sister, Elizabeth, and his father, James was a director of the company also. The company provides the highest standards of care to those who are bereaved, and offers bespoke and personalised services. James died in 2018, and so Stephen's mum, Judith, formerly a cheerleader from the sidelines, stepped in and became a director in her husband's place.

Saffron Indian Takeaway
www.saffronsalisbury.co.uk
Saffron Indian Takeaway is owned and managed by a team of siblings, taking phone orders, dealing with online orders and assisting in the kitchen by packing orders ready for collections and deliveries. The business started with 5 siblings working at the premises and now there are 3 as well as the father who has been in the catering business for over 30 years. There are non-family members working in the kitchen and another doing deliveries, however this is considered to be a family business.

Pure Punjabi Ltd
www.purepunjabi.co.uk
Pure Punjabi is a mother/daughter company trading since 2013. The business was founded from the ground up and has grown entirely on the back of family effort with the two sons/brothers contributing massive effort. They also ensured that together, they got through the early start up years with minimal budget, funding or support. They all took on every role, and between the four of them, covered every area of the business. They are now named a Top 8 UK Indian cookery school, by Olive magazine, ‘Best North Indian UK Cookery School by LuxLife and Finalist Wiltshire Life Food & Drink.


Mooplehog/The Allotment Club
facebook.com/theallotmentoke

The Allotment Club is mum, step-dad and children working together in a new community focused restaurant in Okehampton that grew from Mooplehog; a tiny plant based cafe. The restaurant uses local seasonal produce and was designed and created by the entire family to sustain themselves and support their favourite local causes. Large tables encourage a family dining atmosphere where space is to be shared socially by those who visit.

Island Fish Ltd
www.islandfish.co.uk
Island Fish is three generations from one family, working together to realise a collective ambition, to breathe life into a declining Scillonian industry - fishing - and through innovation and hard work create opportunities for the next generation to thrive. Mike Pender 76, is head of the family, going to sea daily in the boat he built himself. His sense of purpose holds the family together. Mark ‘The bear’ is the workhorse, catching all the lobster/crab/fish. Amanda ‘Mother Almighty’ is the boss. Sue ‘Granny’, is the queen of seafood paella whilst Andy, Shamus, Arran and Lauren fish/work in the shop.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

PinPointMedia - Oliver Bruce
www.pinpoint-media.global
Oliver Bruce, age 26, is Managing Director of PinPointMedia; a national media company based across 3 offices (Cheltenham, Manchester and London). PinPoint Specialise in producing purpose driven content (film, animation, photography and video brochures) for PLC's through to SME's across the UK and overseas. With nearly 30 staff, three offices and now in its seventh year, PinPointMedia pride themselves on being absolute experts in what they do. This passion for perfection has seen PinPointMedia rank in the top 5% of production companies in the UK boasting clients such as Barratt Developments PLC, British Gas, Babcock International and EasyJet.

Wombat Cricket – Harry Solomon
www.wombatcricket.co.uk
Harry Solomon got involved in Wombat Cricket in 2012 and has grown the company massively since his involvement started. He has created a turnover growth year on year and is increasing the number of bats the company is handcrafting each year. His involvement in the business started whilst he was at University in Plymouth working in the business part time whilst he got a degree in sports coaching and development. He now has over 7 years of experience making bats and is a Director of Wombat Willow and Wombat Estate Management.

FCS International Shipping Limited – Lewis White
www.fcsinternationalshipping.com
Lewis White is the founder of FCS International Shipping. He started the company just over 6 years ago under the banner of FCS Solutions Ltd. His father, Kevin (MD) invested a small cash inject into the company to get him on his feet. Since starting they now have an international customer base, part of the Worldwide brand WCA which is a network of over 3,500 partner offices. They specialise in high and heavy machinery shipping.

Hartiful – Kayleigh Hart
www.hartiful.co.uk
Hartiful was created in 2017 by Kayleigh Hart. Hartiful designs enamel pins, with the aim of being unique and also helping to make a difference with some charity pins. Kayleigh started Hartiful at 22, after a long term ambition of owning her own business.

You&Meow Limited – Ewa Rukat
www.youandmeow.co.uk
Ewa Rukat, originally from Poland, at the age of 24, has successfully crowdfunded £20,786 to start her dream - You&Meow, Bristol's First Cat Cafe. A cat cafe is just like a regular cafe, with one furry difference – it's full of beautiful cats! All of You&Meow's residents are rescue cats, with the aim to be re-homed in the future. You&Meow is designed as a Japanese Zen Garden, and at its core, strives to be Your Place of Well-Being - to help you find your personal haven of peace and tranquillity while helping cats in need of a new home.

Float Digital – Samantha Charles
www.float-digital.com
Samantha Charles is a Google Certified digital marketing expert and public speaker with 9 years’ experience working on 350+ campaigns. In 2016 she launched her own digital marketing agency at the age of 25. Float Digital is a Google Partner fast-growing and multi-award-winning SEO and PPC agency. They partner with the world’s most exciting brands from London to New York to deliver jargon-free Search Marketing campaigns. Since inception in 2016, Float Digital has been nominated for 25 prestigious awards, including The National Business Awards, UK Search Awards and The Great British Entrepreneur Awards (winning almost a dozen along the way!)

Kartdavid – James McCabe
www.kartdavid.com
Kartdavid is a world leading supplier of design and kart graphics. The company was started 12 years ago and has grown steadily over this time from the founders' parents' conservatory to their larger manufacturing facility in South Bristol. James McCabe started in June 2017 and within 18 months became CEO helping the company grow by 60% in 2018 and starting its sister company Sticker It. Sticker It specialises in custom stickers of any size and quantity using the highest quality vinyl. Kartdavid is a young and ambitious team lead by James who is still only 25.

Wellbeing Award of the Year

EP TAX
www.eptax.co.uk
EP Tax is a small accounting firm offering flexible hours and career opportunities. They pride themselves on having a friendly relationship between the clients and themselves. They put the trust and relationship first within the business. They offer an alternative, fun but professional approach to the usual accounting firm. This makes them stand out and is very popular with their clients, especially those who have seen tax returns in the past as daunting. Their happy atmosphere and friendly guidance help many people overcome these fears of accounts.

Mindmaps Wellbeing Ltd
www.mindmapswellbeing.org.uk
Mindmaps Wellbeing Ltd was established in 2019 to provide mental health training and consultancy services to all organisations as part of the national drive to improve mental health for all. With particular specialist focus on mental health related training in the workplace, Mindmaps Wellbeing have developed a portfolio of excellent courses to promote good mental health in our communities. Courses range from half-day to two day qualifications in Mental Health First Aid and specialist courses around Suicide and Self-harm Awareness, Depression and Anxiety and a number of bespoke mental health courses, alongside on-going support packages.

Cartridges Law
www.cartridgeslaw.co.uk
Cartridges Law was established in Exeter nearly 50 years ago. The firm majored in legal aid and social welfare law and despite changes to that legal landscape, a significant proportion of work continues to be undertaken on the basis of legal aid. The company operates one of the largest public law/children teams in the region. Economic realities require this to be balanced with more commercially-oriented work, in personal and business services. There are many factors which make Cartridges Law unique among law firms but key is its enduring commitment to equality, diversity and community.

Urban Earth
www.urban-earth.co.uk
Urban Earth is a small family run leading garden design and landscaping company based in Exmouth with an award winning team of dedicated tradesman and craftsmen working across Devon and the South West to create stunning gardens. Urban Earth offer a full garden landscaping service from conception to reality. They also work alongside landscape designers and architects to bring existing designs and plans to life. From concept, design and plans, to construction, planting and the finishing touches, Urban Earth work closely with each client to create their dream space.

Teapot Creative
www.teapotcreative.co.uk
Teapot Creative offers top quality design, website and digital marketing services for local/national clients and will be celebrating 10 years of tea-fuelled creativity in 2020! From humble beginnings in Lizzie’s garage, to one of the largest agencies outside of Bristol and Exeter, the directors (Lizzie and Baz) shared a dream to provide London-standard design at West Country prices - which still holds true today. Teapot is proud to be an agency of repute within Somerset - a team that has fun and enjoys what they do, thriving on helping to make businesses successful, through their creative design and digital input.

Excalibur Communications
www.excaliburcomms.co.uk
Excalibur is a thriving South West based communications and IT company. It provides SMEs and schools with bespoke technology solutions to meet their specific needs. Excalibur likes to work as a partner, not ‘just’ a supplier, with customers. This strategy is implemented through its policy to employ four service colleagues to every sales person and by creating an Open Office Environment that supports the well-being of colleagues. The company performs well if the team is happy and engaged. Peter Boucher has been CEO for three years and is responsible for introducing initiatives that support employee well-being and development.

Community Award – Area only

Mooplehog/The Allotment Club
facebook.com/theallotmentoke

Growing from a tiny 10 seater cafe to a large central restaurant and community space, The Allotment Club provides valuable resources both practical and financial to the area by focusing on community investment. Everything at The Allotment Club is designed to support disability, community and reduce social isolation.

Community of Purpose
www.communityofpurpose.com
Community of Purpose is a Community Interest Company which was set up in 2016 to help raise aspirations for young people, whilst developing their opportunities and experiences, helping to make Bristol an even better place. CoP has 3 main projects including an annual black tie event, Bristol Young Heroes Awards, which identifies the achievements of young people who have often overcome adversity; a social inclusion football project, pairing schools from very different demographics and uniting them through the power of football; and a holiday hunger programme, helping feed young people whilst providing high quality activities during the school holidays.

St Petrocs
www.stpetrocs.org.uk
St Petrocs believes homelessness shouldn’t be an issue in our society today. St Petrocs is working to end street homelessness in Cornwall. St Petrocs provide accommodation, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Their work primarily changes the lives of those they support by creating a foundation to move forward. They currently offer a wide range of services to people who experience homelessness in Cornwall, with the objective of providing initial short-term supported accommodation and preparing them for the longer term in the community as soon as practicable.

Blue Bee Solutions
www.bluebeesolutions.co.uk
Blue Bee are an independently run digital marketing agency that, since they were established in 2013 by Mark Jackson and Christoph Kuhle, have been working with the local Salisbury community. From sponsorships, volunteering staff hours, free website builds, work experience, award winning apprenticeships, and raising money for charities, they feel they have really shown how all small businesses can help charities and communities in their area in their own little way.

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year

CMOStores.com
www.cmostores.com
As one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of construction materials, CMOStores.com is the parent company of six successful online stores, CMOTrade, Door Superstore, Drainage Superstore, Insulation Superstore, Roofing Superstore and Tile and Floor Superstore selling over 75,000 products across its sites. With strong relationships with some of the world’s leading suppliers, including VELUX and Dupont, along with a focus on customer service, visits to cmostores.com sites have grown by over 50% in the last 12 months. They see their mission as bringing the benefits of eCommerce to the construction sector which is traditional and slow to adopt digital technology.

Refresh Cartridges
www.refreshcartridges.co.uk
Refresh Cartridges is a which? recommended ink cartridge and stationery retailer based in South Devon. They have three stores and a warehouse which also houses their head office and online operations. They sell a massive range of re-manufactured, compatible and original cartridges as well as paper, computer peripherals, stationery and games.

stika.co Ltd
www.stika.co
stika.co started 7 years ago as a home based second income eBay shop selling light switch stickers to match wallpaper designs. The business rapidly grew out of the dining room draw and expanded into a successful worldwide brand selling via its own websites, Amazon and eBay, as well as embracing newer channels such as Etsy, onbuy and fatlama. The company established a dedicated B2B brand called 3 Signs - providing compliant health and safety signage for workplaces.

Mike Wye & Associates Ltd
www.mikewye.co.uk
Mike Wye manufactures and supplies traditional lime mortars, plasters and limewash. As a retailer and wholesaler it sells direct to the public, to the trade and to builders merchants. It is one of the foremost UK suppliers of natural and hydraulic limes, sustainable and natural insulation including recycled foam glass, cork, woodfibre boards, sheeps wool and recycled plastic insulation. It also stocks a wide range of natural paints and decorating products which it ships throughout the UK and beyond. All of this is supported by high quality support from their Technical Sales team at any stage of a project.

Nail Tech Network Limited
www.NailTechNetwork.co.uk
Nail Tech Network is a three in one business based in Plymouth. They have a salon with eight self-employed hairstylists, therapists and technicians in a professional only supplies store and a training academy. Led by owner and founder Danielle Simmons, their goal is simple, to enable everyone the access to help, guidance, support, companionship amongst colleagues and also to enable clients the chance to have that salon experience that is fairly priced, expertly delivered and in an atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and at ease. They are here to embrace, empower and encourage one another on their journeys together.

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year

The Motorcycle Broker
www.themotorcyclebroker.co.uk
Paul Jayson has started marketing the classic motorcycle as a new investment asset class like the classic car. He has created and defined the investment grade classic motorcycle to bring clarity and order to an opaque market. He adds value to clients' machines while they own them and has created a bespoke and unique end to end investment service, even selling their machine for them when they want to exit. Paul trains workers in old ways of restoration and motorcycle preparation which have long been forgotten, adding to their skill sets. Paul is recognised as THE classic motorcycle investment service.

Sir Fix-a-lock
www.sirfixalock.com
Sir Fix-a-lock is coming into it's ninth successful year in business, serving Plymouth and surrounding areas in all locksmith matters. The company has the only qualified safe engineer in the region and has already been multi nominated in the Herald Business Awards, Western Morning News and Devon Chamber of Commerce. Sir Fix-a-lock is the most positively reviewed locksmith in the whole of the South West on the Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' scheme and has well over 300 five star reviews spread over Google and Facebook as well.

The 25 Boutique B&B
www.the25.uk
The 25 Boutique B&B opened in March 2015 and is centrally located in a busy tourism district on the English Riviera in Torquay. With six very individual boutique bedrooms, each unique in design, owners Andy and Julian Banner-Price provide their guests with a luxurious experience, the latest technology and many little extras offered as standard. Giving personalised customer service is a specialty. Their business goes from strength to strength culminating in winning “Best B&B in the World” in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards in January 2019 having received a consistently exceptional standard of customer feedback with 600+ reviews scoring them 5/5.

Bow St Barbers
www.bowstbarbers.co.uk
Andrew Hatton, owner and barber extraordinaire of Bow St Barbers, learned the trade of barbering after leaving the Armed Forces. After four years gaining experience working in various barbershops around the country and abroad (following his serving wife), in 2016 the day came true, where the forces family settled in the heart of the Somerset Levels and his dream of his own Barbershop became a reality. His business is no ordinary barbershop, it is a hub for veterans where a great hair cut is served with a great chat.

The Ice Chef
www.theicechef.co.uk
Lindsay Lyall started her career as a counsellor with beliefs of openness and self-disclosure, acceptance and empathy (being listened to and understood). Soul searching in Thailand, she invented The Ice Chef (TIC), who make fresh hand roll ice cream with a listening ear. TIC supports wellbeing by educating people around ice cream and food during the process of the ice cream making that each individual receives and experiences when ordering from The Ice Chef (TIC).

Business & Product Innovation Awards

Key Property Associates Ltd
www.kpa.co.uk

KPA takes old, run down properties, refurbishes them, and then rents them out as high quality HMOs. They have a customer-centric approach to servicing both their landlords and tenants, especially with their tenants as there tends to be more interaction there. They rent these rooms to working professionals in the Bristol area. To help them achieve this, they have created a new back-end system allowing them to seamlessly work with their international team!

Wanderlust Camper Co Ltd: Wanderlust Camper Tours
www.wanderlustcampertours.com
Wanderlust Camper Co, established in 2017, offers campervan hire to ‘staycationers’ from their base in Gloucestershire. The fun, handcrafted campervans are available to hire, for families, couples and friends, for campsites, touring or festivals. With a strong brand identity and excellent customer service, they encompass uniqueness and create an experience that is one-of-a-kind. Building on their success, Wanderlust have expanded to create a new arm to their business, with Wanderlust Camper Tours now alongside Wanderlust Camper Hire. The Tours are due to be launched early 2020 with an aim to provide self-guided, supported tours to the UK for overseas visitors.

Boundless
www.weareboundless.co.uk
Cathy Moseley founded Boundless in 2017, having left her job in London in seek of a new adventure. Running a busy street food stall, and intolerant to gluten, she was often at a loss with snacks to keep her going: what was on offer on the shelves was either full of rubbish, or tasted rubbish. That's when her Boundless baby was born. She spent months cooking up a storm in her kitchen (literally), until she perfected her range of Boundless Activated Nuts & Seeds.

The Great British Biscotti Co (inc The Artful Bakers sub-brand)
www.greatbritishbiscotti.co.uk
Over the last 3 years The Great British Biscotti Co has done the unthinkable, turning the humble, support cast dunking biscotti into something altogether more deliciously debonair, courtesy of their ambitious pledge to support an altogether more ambitious breed of full-bodied sweet and savoury flavour profiles with far-reaching usage potential. In recent times biscuits have been in the trenches, an unwitting victim of the raging ‘sugar wars’ healthier living thinking, alternative on-the-go snacking … More interestingly still wise, influential forces (Forbes, Waitrose, Guardian…) have all identified the re-emergence of savoury which is very much back in vogue.