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Serious Games Developer, Graphic Recording business, and professional wet shave courses: The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards West Midlands showcase 2020’s most inspiring businesses.

11 winning West Midlands businesses go forward to the

UK FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020 final

Shropshire based Scrabble Inc Ltd, a graphic recording business founded by illustrator Hannah Williams, which offers real time drawing translating information into words and pictures – is one of the businesses that has been crowned one of the West Midlands best small businesses. Hannah was named as the West Midlands Young Entrepreneur of the Year – one of 12 area category winners at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards for the West Midlands area held on Friday 6 March at Forest of Arden Hotel.

Other winners on the day included serious games developer Totem Learning, of Coventry, which took the West Midlands FSB Business and Product Innovation Award for its digital learning solutions. Staffordshire based The Shavedoctor Shave Academy which has been delivering the Shavedoctor professional wet shave courses all over the world since 2007 won Self Employed / Sole Trader of the Year award. The Environmental award went to Laundry Efficiency Ltd who are revolutionising traditional wash methods in the commercial laundry industry to reduce excessive waste, pollution and misuse of valuable natural resources.

Rich Bishop, FSB West Midlands Regional Chair said

“Congratulations to all this year’s West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our small business community. It was a fantastic event and it’s been exciting to see so many West Midlands businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards. The sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in the region. We would encourage all small businesses in the West Midlands to follow their example and take part next year to make it an even bigger celebration of small businesses”

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards celebrate the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the country, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Twelve area awards finals take place between February and April, with the UK final taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony in London. The West Midlands area category winners, with the exception of the community award, will go through to the UK final.

Our 2020 West Midlands Winners are:

International Business of the Year Winner
International Pipeline  Structural Solutions Limited

Business & Product Innovation Award Winner
Totem Learning

 

Community Award - Area only  Winner 
Itihaas

High Growth Business of the Year  Winner
Concierge Medical

 

Environmental Award  Winner
Laundry Efficiency Ltd

Micro Business of the Year Winner
Ask the Chameleon Ltd

 

Young Enterpreneur of the Year Winner
Hannah Williams  Scribble Inc Ltd

Family Business of the Year  Winner
Whichford Pottery

 

Start-Up Business of the Year Winner
HDY Agency

Wellbeing Award of the Year Winner 
Voodoochilli Design

 

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year Winner 
The Shavedoctor  Shave Academy  

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year Winner
OLPRO

 

Business & Product Innovation Award

Purely Plantain
www.welovepurely.com
Purely Plantain is a clean deck/all-natural plantain-based snacking range that tackles the tired notion that today’s health conscious snacking is a little underwhelming taste-wise. In Britain the humble spud rules the roost but is being challenged hard. Purely Plantain is a low-in-salt/sugar treat with a 30% lower fat. Today’s healthier living agenda means snacking is no longer sidelined as a time out from great taste and meaningful ingredients. Today the lure of world cuisine and health conscious consumption means that the appetite for world cuisine snacking solutions that champion guilt-free/clean-deck ingredients/plant-based agendas has never been greater!

Full Fibre Limited
www.fullfibre.co
Full Fibre are a fibre broadband network builder based in Exeter with a Midlands office. Having started just over a year ago, the business has seen huge expansion as demand (and governments drive) for fibre broadband increases. Where most new operators have built models reliant on directly servicing consumers, Full Fibre has built a disruptive wholesale model, providing choice and greater market penetration. With most businesses and homes using copper lines, many have internet but few have reliable speed - impacting communications, productivity and for businesses, overheads. Their pure fibre-to-the-premises provides future-proofed Gigabit speeds in a competitive services marketplace.

Swanline Paper & Board
www.swanline.co.uk
Swanline Paper & Board is part of the Swanline Group and is a trade only fibre-based materials converter and distributor. Serving the UK packaging, point of sale and sign and display sectors, the business prides itself in launching sustainable, environmentally friendly products that offer unique benefits. Developing strategic partnerships and offering value added services to its clients is fundamental to the business strategy and being part of the Swanline Group means the business can provide a complete end-to-end solution from design, print and conversion through to distribution to its customers.

Totem Learning
www.totemlearning.com
Totem Learning Ltd (Totem) is a leading Edtech company developing digital learning solutions. They are a team of 13 working with global brands creating cutting edge AR and VR solutions. Totem’s solutions are used globally and by all age groups to gain skills that improve work performance and enhance lives. Their customers include, Educational Institution, Training Organisations, Corporates (Shell, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC, NHS) SMEs and Charitable Organisations (The Princes Trust, Canadian National Institute for the Blind). The Directors, Helen Routledge and Spencer Holmes, passionately believe technology can create significant positive change through powerful digital learning experiences.

International Business of the Year

International Pipeline Structural Solutions Limited
www.ipssltd.com
International Pipeline Structural Solutions Limited (IPSS) was incorporated in September 2014. IPSS is an independent company with three Directors, who have between them 30-40 years’ experience in manufacturing pipeline commodities for the oil and gas industry, and 15 years’ experience in management and international sales. IPSS was created with the intention of becoming a Service Company which would supply MRO contracts focusing on Piping components, but also bringing added value of being a distributor for manufacturers in the tougher overseas markets. IPSS has achieved constant growth and have continued to invest in a time where industry has been in decline.

Foundry Machinery & Spares Limited
www.fmslimited.co.uk
FMS are leading suppliers in the field of chemically bonded foundry equipment based in Bloxwich, Walsall. FMS currently export globally their range of purpose built foundry equipment both direct to customers and via international agents/partners.

KMB Shipping Group
www.kmbshipping.co.uk
KMB Shipping Group are an award-winning worldwide freight forwarding company, specialising in Sea and Air Freight, Bulk Haulage, and UK and Domestic transport. Established in 1987, they also handle imports, packing and documentation services. They work with large multinationals as well as SME’s, and operate in a number of foreign markets as well as in the UK. Servicing a wide range of industry sectors, from food and drink, to steel stockholders, they are regulated by BIFA and ISO 9001:2015 compliant. Their reputation for world-class customer service has earned them the title of Small Business of the Year 2018 and 2019.

Radwell International Ltd
www.radwell.co.uk
Radwell International is an award-winning global leader in MRO and industrial automation solutions. Recognised as the world’s largest stockist with an inventory of over 20 million parts, they sell and repair new, used and obsolete products including PLCs, servo motors, HMIs, drives, hydraulics, CNC equipment and robotics. Their impressive 58,000 sq ft facility in Staffordshire houses a dedicated repair centre with over 2,600 testing fixtures and robot capabilities. They serve over 50,000 customers in 172 countries across industries including Food Processing, Plastics, Energy, Manufacturing and Automotive. Their ISO 9001:2015 Certification ensures customers are confident that their quality service requirements are met.

Environmental Award

Laundry Efficiency Ltd
www.laundryefficiency.com
Laundry Efficiency, owned by Colin and Graham Oakley, has been making the commercial laundry industry a greener marketplace since 2016. Now with eight dedicated employees, they are revolutionising traditional wash methods to reduce excessive waste, pollution and misuse of valuable natural resources. By developing NASA’s Ozone technology, Laundry Efficiency deliver a progressive and advanced product that drives proven environmental improvements for high polluting industries. Their forward-thinking view of technology advancement and genuine care for the wider world see them making positive change in a multimillion-pound industry, traditionally recognised as high contributors to environmental pollution.

Fordhall Community Land Initiative
www.fordhallfarm.com
The Fordhall Community Land Initiative (FCLI) was set up in 2006 to secure Fordhall Organic Farm from industrial development. Now owned by over 8,000 community shareholders across the world, the society utilises the 140 acres at Fordhall as a community resource, whilst leasing the same land to a young tenant farmer and his family to manage. The FCLI runs a youth project, care farm, educational visits, glamping, café, meeting space, volunteering opportunities, free farm trails, eco-weddings, and family events.

HydroVeg Limited
www.hydroveg.co.uk
With no background in manufacturing and zero experience of hydroponic gardening, Sue Tonks created HydroVeg Kits® in June 2017. Sue's idea started as something for herself and grew dramatically into a major product today. A HydroVeg Kit® grows healthy veg outdoors, 365 days a year, with no digging, weeding, pesticides, slugs or snails, and 70% less watering. It provides households and schools with a green way to grow a high yield of vegetables and flowers. It is perfect for small gardens, schools, people with disabilities, or with no time for gardening. HydroVeg creates a greener and more sustainable way of life.

Hydrogarden Ltd
www.v-farm.co.uk
V-Farm wants to change the way we buy plant based food by developing production systems to grow in retail, community spaces or disused urban areas near where you live, work and eat, and harvesting on-site, at the touch of a button. Crops are delivered on easy to use pre-seeded natural fibre mats - add to the vertical growing unit - ‘press go and off you grow’ - all year around. The V-farms can be remotely managed by Hydrogarden, optimising the settings to ensure the best results every time by anyone. No food miles, lower carbon footprint and reduced packaging/product waste.

Valpak Ltd
www.valpak.co.uk
Valpak was created to help retailers comply with the 1997 Packaging Regulations. Under the legislation, packaging producers must report on the volume of packaging they produce and, through a compliance scheme such as Valpak, pay a fee to assist with the costs of recycling. Valpak also manages compliance for waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries. It created one of the first waste awareness websites, www.recycle-more.co.uk, and recently launched the world’s first zero-carbon waste battery collection. In 2019, it supported an expedition to the world’s most remote island, to study the impacts of marine litter and clean up the beaches.

Micro Business of the Year

Love To Launch
www.lovetolaunch.com
Love To Launch is a marketing education company, founded by Laura Phillips, serving a global audience of digital product creators, subscription-model businesses, consultants, coaches and online influencers. Laura’s online training programmes have taught hundreds of people all over the world how to create and launch offers to their audiences. The quality of LTL’s training programs resulted in £1,027,468 in sales in the last 4 months for her students. With a 70% UK small-business demographic, this is ploughing revenue back into the economy and helping often-struggling start-ups to find stability and reach new markets by creating scalable, exportable online offers.

Bad Dog Designs Nixie Clocks Ltd
www.bad-dog-designs.co.uk
Bad Dog Designs are a truly unique business that make clocks out of old and unwanted items, and then use vintage Nixie display tubes to then display the time. A mix of art, up-cycling and electronics along with design and innovation. Starting as a hobby in a spare room at home, the business has grown into a full time occupation for 2 people and is now a busy limited company with a turnover on track for over £100k this financial year.

Meg Hawkins Ltd
www.meghawkins.com
Meg Hawkins Art is a luxury homeware brand. Meg is a licensed watercolour artist and giftware designer whose art is inspired by the British countryside and world travels. Her designs have been adapted from original watercolours to prints, cards, fabrics, homeware and stationery. Meg Hawkins Art opened its shop in Shrewsbury in 2018 and also retails online. Meg is passionate about collaboration and has teamed up on projects with a drinks company, designer, confectioner and author among others. Meg has a passion for Shropshire and supporting local businesses but is also proud to be stocked by over 200 retailers.

Lower House Equine Clinic
www.lhec.vet
Lower House Equine Clinic was established in July 2016, officially opening its doors in September 2016 with the aim of providing a more personal, bespoke and modern approach to equine veterinary work. Founded by Simon and Cassie Woods, both with previous experience within the equine veterinary industry, the clinic rapidly expanded. Now with close to 500,00 patients registered, five veterinary surgeons and five support team members the clinic has gone from strength to strength. The facilities include in patient stabling, an equine operating theatre, two modern examination rooms, an in house lab, and all of the latest mobile and digital diagnostics.

Ask the Chameleon Ltd
www.askthechameleon.co.uk
Rachel Hayward is founder of Ask the Chameleon (ATC) and specialises in producing exceptional funding and commercial procurement applications and business award submissions for ambitious Midlands-based companies and charities. Since 2015, ATC has secured over £4m in funding and contracts and several high profile awards for clients. A 2018 #SmallBiz100 winner, Rachel attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in 2019 in recognition of her contribution to the economy and her work as a University of Derby associate lecturer. Rachel is based in Burton and is nomadic - her drive to support business owners and charities across the Midlands is relentless.

Trade Access Panels Ltd
www.tradeaccesspanels.co.uk
Trade Access Panels Ltd is a family run ecommerce business based in the West Midlands, supplying top quality products to both tradespeople and the general public. Edward Foster started the business in 2014 working independently, initially from home. The business has since grown dramatically year on year and today employs three additional members of staff and has relocated to a 5,000 square foot warehouse with office space. Their product range includes: Access Panels, Loft Hatches, Glass and Polycarbonate Rooflights/Skylights, Aluminium and PVCu Roof Lanterns, Roof Access Hatches, Smoke Vents (AOV’s) Retractable Ladders and Sun Tunnels.

Start-Up Business of the Year

Jackson Family Funeral Directors
www.jacksonfamilyfunerals.com
Matthew Jackson started Jackson Family Funeral Directors Ltd with the support of his wife, Laura, in March 2018. His mission is to provide a more transparent and affordable funeral service to the local community. The business grew rapidly which later in 2018 opened up the opportunity to include experienced funeral director Mark Campion as a Shareholder and Director. This allowed the expansion of the business to open a further office, whilst maintaining personal support and relationships with families. In April 2019 the company acquired a local funeral director company, which grew the business to five offices.

HDY Agency
www.hdyagency.com
HDY Agency is a full-service content marketing agency based in The Custard Factory, Digbeth – Birmingham’s buzzy creative quarter. With a data and channel-first approach that puts the customer at the centre, HDY has quickly amassed an 18-strong team with a killer combination of diverse skill sets, senior expertise and true Brummie creativity, focused on driving meaningful results for businesses and brands. HDY was founded in June 2018 by accomplished marketing professional Angel Gaskell and long-term Heart FM radio host Ed James, and in that time the agency has undergone impressive growth, becoming Birmingham’s fastest-growing content marketing agency.

VaLu Construction Ltd
www.valuconstruction.co.uk
VaLu Construction Ltd is a Private Limited Company incorporated on 7 August 2018. A husband and wife-led business, named after two of their children – Valentina and Luca – that began with the venturesome wife finally able to convince her skilled husband into taking a gamble and setting up their own bricklaying firm. The company provides a specialised service for all aspects of masonry, from regular brickwork, blockwork and stonework; to more intricate custom designs for a wide-range of both private customers and principal contractors. One of the business’s key features is a strong focus on safety and quality management.

LYFBAR
www.lyfbar.co.uk
LYFBAR, founded by Alex Archibald and Bethany Tomlinson, will be the first grab and go restaurant in Lawley Village, Shropshire to offer a healthy alternative (with no compromise on taste) on popular items such as burgers, wraps, pancakes, sweet treats etc. The business will not just be targeting ‘gym-goers’, instead the aim is to provide a healthier alternative to the forever growing keep fit community in Shropshire.

TalentTech Recruitment Ltd
www.talenttechrecruitment.com
TalentTech Recruitment is a specialist Technical and Technology Recruitment Company that prides itself on matching the most innovative companies with the very best Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Executive talent in the market. Based in Warwickshire, they deliver a refreshingly honest, tailored and transparent service to both clients and candidates alike throughout the UK. Founded by John Ahearne and Nick Goodwin in May 2019, together they have over 40 years’ experience in recruitment. And, with backgrounds themselves in the Technical and Technology fields, they truly understand the market like no other.

Coaching 360 trading as ActionCOACH Warwick
www.warwick.actioncoach.co.uk
Kevin Riley is a business growth specialist working with businesses in Warwick and the surrounding area. He helps business owners with three aspects of business: establishing a high-performing team, being more efficient with their time and, ultimately, to make more money. As an experienced and accomplished business leader, developing and leading SMEs over the last 20 years across two continents, Kevin has real-world experience of the challenges business owners face. His goal is to create 150 millionaires over the next 15 years and he has committed to supporting at least one charity each year.

High Growth Business of the Year

VaLu Construction Ltd
www.valuconstruction.co.uk
VaLu Construction Ltd is a Private Limited Company incorporated on 7 August 2018. A husband-and wife-led business, named after two of their children – Valentina and Luca – that began with the venturesome wife finally able to convince her skilled husband into taking a gamble and setting up their own bricklaying firm. The Company provides a specialised service for all aspects of masonry, from regular brickwork, blockwork and stonework to more intricate custom designs for a wide-range of both private customers and principal contractors. One of the business’s key features is a strong focus on safety and quality management.

Tammy Reynolds for Hair
www.facebook.com/tammyreynoldsforhair
Tammy Reynolds for Hair is a multi-award winning salon offering a bespoke 1-2-1 service where privacy is guaranteed. Tammy’s studio space invites her clients to get comfortable and use it as they like – to work, for peace and quiet… whatever. Tammy’s business is based on referrals. For example, a lady visited Tammy recently with her baby whom she was breast-feeding. She felt awkward going into High Street salons so she visited, had a look and stayed for a cut. Baby had its first cut too and now Tammy cuts her Mum and her husband’s hair too!

Concierge Medical
www.conciergemedical.co.uk
Concierge Medical is a membership-based private GP service providing 24/7 on-site urgent and routine comprehensive medical care to registered individuals and businesses. Their philosophy is a simple one: to provide the very best possible healthcare to their members available in the UK. They have established a strong secondary care and allied health network and actively manage members’ health though to diagnosis and treatment, focusing on what they know patients value; continuity of care and patient advocacy. They have achieved outstanding patient outcomes by managing health conditions at home, avoiding hospital admissions. They are, in essence, a traditional family GP service.

Family Business of the Year

The Farm Stratford Ltd
www.thefarmstratford.com
The Wells Family bought The Farm late 2016 when it was a derelict old Fruit Farm. The Wells' had in their minds a modern food hall and artisan food destination showcasing producers' skill sets. After 2 years of battling with planning and other factors, they finally got planning and started the build. The Farm Stratford has been open 8 months and they have 50 members of staff including - Charlie (Founder), dad - Richard (developer behind the business), mum - Penny (till Queen) and sister Kate (yoga instructor and chief food taster) are all hands on deck!

AA Salt Services Ltd
www.aasalt.com
AA Salt Services is a family owned gritting and snow clearing company, run by mother and son team Nikki Rogers and Ben Tanner, with help from husband Mark Rogers. Born from a drive to improve health and safety within the workplace and in public spaces, they provide salt spreading and snow services to commercial clients to help prevent ice formation in car parks and approach roads. From universities to hospitals, supermarkets to sporting arenas, office complexes to industrial estates, no client/site has had to close due to ice or snow even during 'Beast from the East' in early 2019.

Shah & Co Accountants Ltd
www.shahandco.co.uk
Shah and Co is a firm of accountants based in Coventry offering accounts, taxation and business advisory and support services to a wide range of businesses and individuals for over 35 years. They provide a cost-effective, high-value solution to meet all of their clients’ financial needs. They work hard to get to know their clients in order to deliver timely, individual advice on how to improve their business and personal wealth.

Whichford Pottery
www.whichfordpottery.com
Established in 1976 by Jim and Dominique Keeling, Whichford Pottery is a family business with a world-renowned reputation for the highest-quality frostproof terracotta flowerpots - made entirely by hand from their workshop in Warwickshire. Whichford Pottery believe in keeping ancient skills alive through apprenticeships and training. Evolving organically, their eldest son, Adam, now leads a team of over 30 craftspeople. Theodora, their youngest daughter heads up the sales, marketing and logistics teams. And their eldest daughter, Maia, and her partner, Christine, have converted an old barn onsite into a wonderful cafe, The Straw Kitchen.

Nimbus DTI
www.nimbusdti.co.uk
Nimbus is a technology services company, specialising in cloud technologies helping customers to run their business and IT in the cloud. Nimbus provides services from application development to infrastructure redeployment for both public and private sectors. Nimbus is co-owned by Alan Hazell and his son Jack Hazell. Alan has over 30 years’ experience working within the IT industry. Three years ago, Alan launched Nimbus, utilising his in-depth technical knowledge to build an organisation equipped to meet modern technical challenges. Having spent 3 years working for Deloitte, Alan persuaded Jack to join him to help shape the growth of Nimbus.

Young Enterpreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)

Anisa Morridadi - Beatfreeks
www.beatfreeks.com
Founder and CEO of Beatfreeks, a group of people and companies using creativity for good, Anisa Morridadi has been a social entrepreneur from 15. She is passionate about youth, art for change and redefining the culture of enterprise so that business and social are seen as inextricable. Beatfreeks gives young people space to tell stories about themselves, their communities and what they care about in the world. Anisa has won multiple awards including a British Empire Medal, aged 23, for Services to Education and Young People; she is also the youngest person to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Aston University.

Hannah Williams - Scribble Inc Ltd
www.scribbleinc.co.uk
Scribble Inc Ltd is a Graphic Recording business founded by illustrator Hannah Williams. This is large-scale real-time drawing, which translates information into words and pictures. This service captures ideas in a more creative and engaging way for attendees at events. The visual nature allows for themes to be more visible and a digitised version can be shared as social media content to give longer reach to the event, making it more exciting to process and review than written notes alone. The drawing can be displayed later as a reminder of achievements, goals and actions from the day’s discussions.

Daryl Chambers - Inpower Academy CIC
www.inpower.co.uk
Daryl Chambers is the founder and CEO of InPower Academy CIC, a youth-focused organisation that work with young people from areas impacted by crime. Areas with a high volume of crime usually come with a lack of opportunities and, even worse, a lack of self-esteem which in turn can lead young people to a life of criminality. Daryl's vision has been about changing the narrative to these young people's lives through the vehicle of martial arts focusing on the character-building philosophy as well as the physical element of it.

Sophie Parker - Tutor In A Box
www.tutorinabox.co.uk
Tutor in the Box is a revolutionary concept that helps everyone enjoy the benefits of one on one tutoring – it’s convenient, affordable and interactive! It gets children off devices and helps them develop positive habits for life. Boxes arrive through the post each month, based on a different topic that’s fully aligned to the national curriculum. Inside the box is a mixture of worksheets, questions and activities, as well as a monthly calendar and links to online videos. Versions available in both Maths and English from year 1 to year 11.

 Dan Allman - George and Dragon
The George and Dragon is a small local pub nestled just on the edge of Lichfield city centre. They provide a home away from home, cosy atmosphere for the surrounding locals and passers-by. Super dog friendly, they cater for all. With an ever changing guest ale selection, the pub’s offering has expanded since Dan took over, creating choices for all ages. The hidden jewel is the pub’s huge beer garden which overlooks Lichfield’s very own cathedral, which, in the summer, draws a huge crowd.

Wellbeing Award of the Year

The Courtyard Trust
www.courtyard.org.uk
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts is Herefordshire’s premier arts venue, delivering drama, music, dance, visual arts and cinema, alongside an extensive outreach and engagement programme. Since opening in 1998 it has become part of the fabric of the community, with annual attendances in the hundreds of thousands. The aim is to inspire passion for the arts and this permeates throughout the organisation and, as such, ensures that everyone experiences the arts at its best. The Courtyard Trust is a registered charity (1067869), and a charitable company limited by guarantee (3342581) with a voluntary management board.

Voodoochilli Design
www.voodoochilli.com
Voodoochilli, owned by Harry and Becky O’Connor, is an experienced, multi award-winning web design agency that delivers growth to companies within the engineering, industrial and commercial sectors as well as other SMEs and organisations. With 20 years’ experience helping businesses get to the next level through technology developed by their software engineers, they have worked with hundreds of organisations to enable them to make more money, efficiency savings and strengthen their brands. Their focus is engineering, industrial and commercial, but they have a vast amount of experience working with a broad range of sectors.

Peacocks Insurance
www.peacockinsurance.co.uk
Peacock Insurance was established in July 2006 in a small office in Coundon, Coventry. They are an Independent Insurance intermediary which specialise in both Personal and Commercial Insurance policies, such as Landlords, Motor Trade, Home, Liability, Warranties and more. They have grown considerably during the years and pride themselves on being a progressive local business. They have spent the last 18 months actively improving the wellbeing they offer to all staff, and are proud of what they have achieved. The support they now offer to all of their staff is not just on a professional level, but a personal one to.

Gloverspiece Minifarm Ltd
www.gloverspieceminifarm.co.uk
Gloverspiece Minifarm is a care farm and additional needs school in a beautiful rural setting, and home to a variety of rescued animals. Once rehabilitated, the animals become the core offer of animal therapy for their clients. Gloverspiece specialise in educating children who have been unable to access any educational provision due to extremely challenging behaviour or anxiety. They use the therapeutic setting and highly skilled, dedicated workforce to re-engage them with learning and improve their social skills and confidence. Lasting, sustainable wellbeing can be achieved through engaging with nature, land and animals. This is true for clients, learners and staff.

Community Award - Area only

Arrive Alive
www.arrivealiveresponse.co.uk
Arrive Alive, founded by Debbie Roscoe, is dedicated to funding lifesaving vehicles and equipment to Community First Responder (CFR’s) groups. CFR’s are medically trained volunteers who attend life threatening emergencies following a 999 call prior to a road/air ambulance. In 2017 Arrive Alive launched ‘The Silver Second Appeal’, as no one can predict when they will need lifesaving emergency medical assistance as life can change in a split second. Following the launch of the appeal three lifesaving vehicles have become operational however, more vehicles are urgently needed. Arrive Alive is solely reliant on charitable donations and is none government funded.

Radwell International Ltd
www.radwell.co.uk
Radwell International is an award-winning global leader in MRO and industrial automation solutions. Recognised as the world’s largest stockist with an inventory of over 20 million parts, they sell and repair new, used and obsolete products including PLCs, servo motors, HMIs, drives, hydraulics, CNC equipment and robotics. Their impressive 58,000 sq ft facility in Staffordshire houses a dedicated repair centre with over 2,600 testing fixtures and robot capabilities. They serve over 50,000 customers in 172 countries across industries including Food Processing, Plastics, Energy, Manufacturing and Automotive. Their ISO 9001:2015 Certification ensures customers are confident that their quality service requirements are met.

Itihaas
www.itihaas.co.uk
Birmingham City Centre restaurant, Itihaas is described as ‘fine dining’ - the food is genuine and authentic. Just one year after opening, Itihaas won Newcomer of the Year for ethnic food and drink at The Best in Britain Awards 2005; 2006 was named Best Newcomer in West Midlands at the British Curry Awards; 2007 named Best UK Restaurant (the first time in 14 years that the award had been given outside of London). Itihaas's also had recognition by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The reception was held in recognition of valuable contributions in hospitality.

Ta-Dah! Business and Event Support
www.hollynixon.com
Ta-Dah!’s mission is to help businesses reach a wider audience – generating more income through running events which attendees remember for all of the right reasons! They are known for their positive, uplifting energy; as well as delivering above clients’ expectations. Ta-Dah! launched in May 2018, initially trading as a Virtual Assistant supporting clients from home. Fast forward to 2020 and the business has evolved. They have undergone a change in business name and focus. Ta-Dah! Business and Event Support is flourishing and specialises in event management for SME’s.

Digital/e-commerce Business of the Year

OLPRO
www.olproshop.com
OLPRO began trading in 2011 after seeing a gap in the market for unique, affordable, and stylish camping and campervan products. They offer campervan awnings, tents, windbreaks, melamine tableware and a range of accessories. It is all designed in house, manufactured overseas, and then the marketing, logistics and customer service is done in house. OLPRO started life as a company who primarily sold to trade but over time, realised that it would be far more successful if they moved into direct ecommerce, and began to focus very strongly on selling direct to their customers via their websites and marketplaces.

Purple Frog Systems Ltd
www.purplefrogsystems.com
Purple Frog Systems is a Shropshire SME developing and managing business intelligence solutions. It is at the cutting-edge of its industry, innovating systems and programmes for businesses of all sizes to help them improve efficiency and effectiveness. It specialises in taking all forms of business data, from wherever they originate, and transferring them into meaningful business intelligence which can be viewed, understood and acted on to maximise performance, efficiency and, therefore, profitability. Purple Frog has a global client list and has worked with some of the world’s largest brands – space agencies included.

Voodoochilli Design
www.voodoochilli.com
Voodoochilli, owned by Harry and Becky O’Connor, is an experienced, multi award-winning web design agency that delivers growth to companies within the engineering, industrial and commercial sectors as well as other SMEs and organisations. With 20 years’ experience helping businesses get to the next level through technology, they have worked with hundreds of organisations to enable them to make more money, efficiency savings and strengthen their brands. Their focus is engineering, industrial and commercial, but they have a vast amount of experience working with a broad range of sectors.

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year

The Shavedoctor Shave Academy
www.shavedoctorshaveacademy.com
Mark Sproston aka The Shavedoctor has been delivering the Shavedoctor professional wet shave courses all over the world since 2007. His deep knowledge and expertise has been in demand from some of the world's leading skincare and shavecare companies including L'Oreal, King of Shaves, Elemis and well known razor brands. He has modernised the traditional barber shop shave and introduced the science of shaving earning him along the way the nickname of 'The Shavedoctor'. Mark's reputation and credibility is now recognised across the hair and beauty industry globally and continues to drive and improve barbering and men's personal grooming standards.

Ask the Chameleon Ltd
www.askthechameleon.co.uk
Rachel Hayward is founder and owner of Ask the Chameleon (ATC) specialising in producing exceptional funding and commercial procurement applications and business award submissions for ambitious East Midlands companies and charities. Since 2015, ATC has secured over £4m in funding and contracts and several high-profile awards for clients. A 2018 #SmallBiz100 winner, Rachel attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in 2019 in recognition of her contribution to the economy and her work as a University of Derby associate lecturer. Working across the region, Rachel’s drive to support business owners and charities to grow is relentless.

Globility-Coaching
www.globility-coaching.com
Marina is an award-winning intercultural trainer, coach, speaker and Global Mindset specialist. German-Egyptian by birth she has lived and worked internationally for more than 20 years. She now uses her personal in-depth experience of the challenges and rewards involved with adapting to working in different cultures to help others. Her business, Globility Coaching, helps executives, teams and individuals to navigate new overseas assignments, manage new international teams or trade successfully to become global leaders. Marina also works with universities and the Chartered Institute of Marketing teaching Cultural Intelligence, Cultural Competency and how to achieve a ‘Global Mindset’.

Coventry Runner
www.coventryrunner.co.uk
Coventry Runner is a specialist independent shop that has been serving the local running community for 13 years, selling running shoes, clothing, accessories and nutritional products. Their friendly, experienced and knowledgeable staff welcome runners of all ages and abilities. As every runner’s style is unique they offer gait analysis in order to tailor their advice accordingly – correct shoes are vital in ensuring their customers enjoy their running and achieve their goals. It’s this personal service, offered alongside helpful advice, and washed down with a delicious cup of tea, that makes them stand out as THE place to run to!

Tammy Reynolds for Hair
Tammy Reynolds for Hair is a multi-award winning salon offering a bespoke 1-2-1 service where privacy is guaranteed. Tammy’s studio space invites her clients to get comfortable and use it as they like – to work, for peace and quiet… whatever. Tammy’s business is based on referrals. For example, a lady visited Tammy recently with her baby whom she was breast-feeding. She felt awkward going into High Street salons so she visited, had a look and stayed for a cut. Baby had its first cut too and now Tammy cuts her mum and her husband’s hair too!