Yorkshire and The Humber
Celebrating Small Business Awards Postponed
The Yorkshire and The Humber FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards held in early 2019 were a huge success. We crowned 11 fantastic businesses of different shapes and sizes from across various sectors of the economy. We had self-employed businesses showcase their talents alongside established larger businesses with up to 250 employees. The standard was fantastic and this year we hope to celebrate even more great businesses.
We hope you enjoy finding out more about previous winners and that you take the short but worthwhile time needed to complete your entries on our site. If people need to hear about your business and you deserve the plaudits for your huge efforts, then the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are for you!
EVENT INFORMATIONDate: Postponed - new date to be Confirmed
The Principal Hotel, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA
Registration from 12.00 noon.
Lunch and awards ceremony from
12.30 to 4.00pm and networking
up to 5.00pm
Our 2019 winners were:
Scale-Up Business of the Year Winner
Business & Product Innovation Award Winner
The Elite Wax Group
International Business of the Year Winner
Quality Bearings Online
Digital Innovation Award Winner
Start-Up Business of the Year Winner
Frontier Modular Services Ltd
Family Business of the Year Winner
Fusco's of Whitby
Micro Business of the Year Winner
Kemps General Store Ltd
Community Award - Area only Winner
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under) Winner
Jonathan Langley & Peter Waugh, Torchbearer
Employer of the Year Winner
Sunbeams Day Nursery
Ethical - Green Business of the Year Ethical
Quality Bearings Online
Established in 2012, Quality Bearings Online are an E-Commerce distributor of Engineering Spares, predominantly bearings but also adhesives and lubricants. The company prides themselves upon offering trusted brands, expert knowledge, excellent customer service and rapid delivery to anywhere in the world...within two working days. The company’s reputation is built on quality and service, selling premium quality products. They offer competitive pricing but do not sell on price alone as their stock holding is exceptional and meets the needs of the Global customer base they have. Their aim is to provide quality products across the world quicker than anyone else.
The Afghan Rug Shop
RAF veteran, James Wilthew, befriended a local rug dealer during a military tour of Northern Afghanistan in 2003. Twelve years on and after months of research, James succeeded in tracking down his old friend, they reunited online and The Afghan Rug Shop was born. With a high street shop and online store - they remain the only shop outside Afghanistan anywhere in the world purely selling Fairtrade Afghan rugs and kilims, importing direct from the Afghan weavers’ markets to their door. They are Living Wage employers, employ 4 staff and directly support hundreds of Afghan weavers and their families.
m2r Limited, t/a m2r Education
m2r Education, owned by Munir Mamujee, are a multi award winning, international education recruitment firm. Offering high quality services across the sector through two distinct divisions, one focusing on teacher recruitment and the other on the education technology sector. They currently operate across 30+ countries in MENA, ASEAN and Europe. The office is based in Wakefield where they employ five FTE, plus additional Associates based in the UK and overseas and a partner company in Abu Dhabi. COBIS and BSME members and also DIT/Northern Powerhouse 2019 Export Champions – they are the only UK education recruitment firm to hold this title.
Global family business DB Orthodontics manufactures and distributes high-quality orthodontic products, dental laboratory supplies, and education to over 70 countries. The company is led by directors David Burdess, Christian Burdess, and Victoria Coppack. Down to earth and non-pretentious, DB prides itself on offering a friendly and personal service. Sales, marketing, product design, despatch and quality teams are all under one roof - which gives DB the advantage when it comes to meeting the customer's needs.
Five years ago Collingwood Learning was a small theatre company based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Now Collingwood is an international educational consultancy with projects and clients in 25 countries delivering £2m in contracted work, educating 500,000 young people per year. This is set to accelerate to reach 1.5m young people next year. Collingwood's flagship education programme, The Smashed Project, uses educational theatre as a learning tool to educate young people on alcohol misuse. Collingwood have created a unique programme for corporate sponsorship with an equally innovative 'creative franchise' scheme enabling the project to cross borders rapidly and deliver client objectives.
Naturaw is a small family business who produce raw pet food. Using only ethical means of getting food, everything is locally sourced, and meat must be human grade. Environmental impact is at the forefront of this business as well as providing the highest quality of food for pets. The company also pushes for a zero plastic policy. The tubs for the meat are FDA approved sugar by product which is not only biodegradable but compostable. The Packaging during transit uses 100% natural sheep wool liners which can be returned and reused for the next order.
SeaGrown was founded in 2018 by Wave Crookes and Laura Robinson, who met on a scientific research ship in the Antarctic and wanted to start a business which combined their marine and scientific skillsets. SeaGrown is now set to establish the UK’s first offshore seaweed farm on a licenced 25 hectare site in the North Sea off the Yorkshire Coast. The company will begin cultivating bulk seaweed in Spring 2020. This highly sustainable super-crop will be used for food products as well as to produce biodegradable plastics, biochemicals, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, soil enhancers and animal feeds.
Bad Bambi Ltd
Bad Bambi is a vintage, retro and pre-loved clothing store that opened on 26th October 2019 in Carlton Lanes, Castleford, as well as having stores on eBay, Depop and a website www.badbambi.co.uk, with a focus on UK mental health. Since opening, they have gone from strength to strength and have just won a prestigious retail partnership with Ward Recycling Group’s textile division WARDrobe, based in Derbyshire, to reduce textile waste within the UK.
Quirky II The Restaurant
Quirky II was established in 2009. Quirky specialise in raw fresh produce from its meats, fish and game birds. Quirky has a national reputation of cooking and serving high quality dishes. They serve around 200 three course meals a week and only have a 660 litre waste bin as they don’t have pre packed food and they recycle glass, waste oil, cardboard, tin and plastic.
Scentiments UK Limited
Scentiments UK Limited is a manufacturing company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. They are a small family run company providing cosmetic and home fragrance products, made by hand. They work hard to educate the team and customers about reducing the carbon footprint we all leave, through campaigns such as the plastic free campaign that educates customers on why they choose to be plastic free. They also source ingredients from suppliers who are conscious about their carbon footprint.
North Star Engineers
North Star Engineers Ltd is a group of professionals and experts providing creative audio visual engineering services around the world with the HQ based in North Yorkshire. Their journey began in New Zealand 2007, after expanding they moved to the UK and registered the business in 2012. Since then they have engineered, designed, consulted, project managed and installed AV solutions worldwide and in the UK. They deliver optimal solutions to their clients and their partners to fulfil their audio visual requirements and make their ideas a reality.
Subrosa are a team of food and drink industry professionals working with some of the fastest growing retail brands in the UK, providing support and strategic direction so they can achieve their full potential. With cross-category experience within the major multiples and their suppliers, including senior buying positions at ASDA and Sainsbury’s, as well as roles in account management, marketing, brand and category management, finance and banking. They offer their clients affordable solutions to manage key functions of their business without the cost of a full team.
Motiv Productions create commercial videos and animations for an eclectic client base. With a core team of five creatives and local freelancers, they have managed to build a strong reputation within the industry. This has led to them producing content for clients such as Jet2holidays, NHS Digital, Center Parcs, the Cabinet Office and Russell Crowe! From their Studio in the centre of Leeds they are known for creating engaging films with personality and creative flair. Repeat business shows the trust their clients have in their professionalism and service.
This Harrogate husband and wife team invented a glamorous canvas campervan awning that has revolutionised their sector. In 2013 they had a vision for pitching something posh next to their beautiful vintage campervan in order to bid adieu to its nasty nylon awning. When they searched for such an awning it didn’t exist so they carved out their very own niche in the market for what is now well known as ‘the glawning’. This glamorous 100% cotton canvas awning continues to be a total gamechanger for campervanners (UK and further afield) transforming standard camping trips into luxury glamping experiences.
Work and Communications Ltd
WAC offers much needed support to help zero hour, hourly paid and gig economy workers track their work hours, know what their pay should be, manage their bills between paydays and lots more! It ensures workers are treated fairly by employers and offers security and peace of mind. You can now WAC, track and take control on the best work management app out there.
Banwait Group Holdings Limited
Banwait Group Holdings Limited is a Wakefield based family business that was incorporated in July 2018. There are two distinct divisions in the group. The group owns and operates award winning, fully compliant residential care homes for the elderly in Yorkshire via Strong Life Care Limited (SLC). The Property division, Real Estate Investments Group Limited (REIG) owns several commercial investment properties on long term FRI leases to blue chip tenants. BGH is 50/50 owned and operated by husband and wife team Harpreet and Pam Banwait.
Barkley and Co Doggy Daycare
Barkley and Co Doggy Daycare is 13,000 square feet of purpose-built fun for dogs. Their friendly and experienced staff are there to offer clients' dogs a safe, healthy and secure environment whatever its size. Operating almost identically to a children's day nursery and accepting up to 50 dogs per day, their indoor-heated facilities provide an ideal all-year round venue for dogs and owners to attend weekly events, such as Puppy Power Hours (socialisation for puppies), to Stay & Play (socialisation for older dogs) as well as larger events raising funds for local charities, such as their bi-annual dog show.
Glasshus Facades Ltd
Established on 14th January 2019 Glasshus Facades Ltd(GHF) are a specialist construction subcontractor. They undertake the design, manufacture and installation of Unitised Element Facades at their purpose built facility in Normanton, West Yorkshire. The Business was set up by Managing Director Liam Hourigan and Technical Director Simon Carr who both have 10 years’ experience delivering Unitised Facades in The UAE. Once the first project was secured, they were joined by Operations Director John Beaumont who brought 20 years’ experience in Project Management, Health & Safety Quality and Procurement and Supply.
ORB Recruitment Ltd
Orb Recruitment is an award-winning Doncaster-based specialist recruitment consultancy. The firm – one of South Yorkshire’s leading agencies – focuses on the manufacturing, production, healthcare, construction and engineering sectors; providing temporary, permanent and fully-outsourced recruitment solutions to clients across the UK. Founded in 2018, Orb is also dedicated to helping candidates improve their skillsets, offering accessing and funding to training courses and qualifications. This holistic approach and the team’s willingness to go the extra mile has led to the company’s rapid growth, putting Orb on the map as a leader in both the recruitment sector and the region’s business community, too.
Assyst Bullmer Ltd
Assyst Bullmer supply automatic cutting machines to cut shapes out of flexible materials such as fibreglass, textiles, carbon fibre and leather. It is highly likely that the seats you are sitting on were cut by an Assyst Bullmer cutter. Their customers include some of the largest companies, from Airbus and Rolls Royce to family businesses. Based in Wakefield, Assyst Bullmer have been Employee Owned for the last 10 years and seen rapid growth recently. The founders are Philip Marsden, Alison Agnew, Steve Gelder, David Bell, Karl Randall and Martin Sofranko.
Dortech Maintenance is a commercial glazing – aluminium windows and doors – maintenance firm and forms part of the wider Dortech Group, which has over 25 years’ architectural glazing experience. The Group has three core divisions – Maintenance, Architectural and Direct (retail) – of which Maintenance is the fastest-growing area. Established from a standing start, Maintenance now has an 11-strong team and aims to double turnover to £2m by the end of 2020. Founded by Steve Sutherland, Chairman, son James is now MD. Clients include household names such as the NHS, Costa and York University, as well as other regional brands.
The Elite Wax Group
Natalie is the founder, and an innovative creator and inventor of wax and unique waxing techniques for the beauty industry. Natalie is such a high influencer to her community and industry, people look to her as the person of expertise. Natalie is the owner of Elite Wax and VWax. She is the inventor, manufacturer and distributor of the purest wax in the world - Elite & VWax - which are retailed into the beauty industry nationally. Natalie is about to take her business worldwide by trading via amazon. Natalie owns three specialist wax salons as demonstrations, which has gone into a franchise model.
Banwait Group Holdings Limited
Banwait Group Holdings Limited is a Wakefield based family business that was incorporated in July 2018. There are two distinct divisions in the group. The group owns and operates award winning, fully compliant residential care homes for the elderly in Yorkshire via Strong Life Care Limited. The Property division, Real Estate Investments Group Limited owns several commercial investment properties on long term FRI leases to blue chip tenants. BGH is 50/50 owned and operated by husband and wife team Harpreet and Pam Banwait.
Crowther & Shaw Limited
Crowther & Shaw are a commercial refrigeration, air conditioning and mechanical services contracting business based in Huddersfield. Founded over 80 years ago, they have grown from a local plumbing and electrical business into one of the UK's leading HVAC and mechanical contractors. While still focused on and proud of their Northern roots, they now operate throughout the UK providing service, maintenance, design and installation services across a wide range of clients. Their key areas of operation are air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and ventilation as well as plumbing and heating. They can provide the full package in this marketplace!
White Horse Cleaning Services
White Horse Cleaning Services started back in 2016 when Lee sadly didn’t meet the Army expectations both mentally and physically. After being medically discharged White Horse cleaning services evolved. White Horse Cleaning Services has been trusted to clean houses, offices and commercial premises, large and small, since 2016. They take great care across many sectors, throughout North Yorkshire. Everyone will receive a reliable, high quality, cost effective cleaning service tailored to the client. All at White Horse Cleaning Services look at their services as an investment in time and quality.
Power Health Products Ltd
Power Health Products manufacture health supplements both own label and private label as well as export to over 40 different countries. Set up in 1972 by Mike and Clare McIver, all four of their children have worked at Power Health. Today their daughter Vicky is the Managing Director and works alongside Nick (her brother), Christine (her sister) and Vicky's daughter Stephanie, along with other family members. Within the business there are also other family units. They have also just finished building a brand new factory.
Banwait Group Holdings Limited
Banwait Group Holdings Limited was incorporated in July 2018 and is 50/50 owned and operated by husband and wife team Harpreet and Pam Banwait. The group owns and operates award winning, fully compliant residential care homes for the elderly in Yorkshire via Strong Life Care Limited. The Property division, Real Estate Investments Group Limited owns several commercial investment properties on long term FRI leases to blue chip tenants. Harpreet is the Managing Director and has a background in Finance. Pam’s background is in Human Resources and is a member of CIPD. The team work in partnership to run the day to day operations of the two divisions. The Banwait’s have two young boys, Reuben (6) and Yuvraaj (1) who regularly visit residents as part of their intergenerational care to reduce loneliness and delay mental decline.
Hopkinson Cycles is a third generation family business, from humble beginnings as a small bicycle repair and sales shop which has grown into a large e-commerce business. Hopkinson Cycles snowballed from local market town trade to global mail order. With over 2,000 online listings, tens of thousands of transactions per year and a high, positive buyer experience, Hopkinson Cycles won eBay’s Family Business of the Year in 2018. Hopkinson Cycles has overturned the loss of footfall through the shop doors and has turned the dwindling bicycle store into a large online, e-commerce business.
The Fusco family business began with Violet and Dennis Fusco in a fish and chip shop in Pickering, North Yorkshire in the early 1950’s. The move to Whitby followed in 1968 with the purchase of Royal Fisheries. Their son, Peter and his wife Carol, took over the business in 1979 and purchased Quayside in 1999. Gradually all four of their children (Stuart, Adrian, Raymond and Maria) became involved with the business and remain so to date. The family went on to purchase Fish Box in 2013, a mobile catering unit in 2015 and Fish Box Robin Hoods Bay in 2016.
Stewart Olsen - ORB Recruitment Ltd
Stewart Olsen, 30, is Managing Director of Orb Recruitment, an award-winning Doncaster-based recruitment agency. Prompted to start his own business in 2018 after being made redundant, Stewart has spearheaded Orb’s rapid growth and success with clients across the UK, providing temporary, permanent and fully-outsourced recruitment solutions to the manufacturing, production, healthcare, construction and engineering sectors. Stewart’s commitment to quality service, investment in candidates and the local community has quickly established Orb on the map as a leader in both the recruitment sector and the region’s business community, too.
Cameron Christie & Declan Christie - UK Trade Furnishings Ltd
Cameron (26) and Declan Christie (27) are the young entrepreneurial duo of cousins behind UK Trade Furnishings, which primarily trades under the name of Luxury Flooring & Furnishings. Founded in 2011, the company specialises in the online retail of flooring products, including solid and engineered wood, laminate and luxury vinyl tiles, and has grown to become one of the leading players in the online flooring market.
Matt Bruce - Bruce & Butler Limited
After training as an accountant, Matt founded the company in October 2015. Matt believed that with the ever accessible and advancing pace of technological change, particularly with the emergence of Cloud, Big Data, Analytics and AI, the compliant, secure and ethical processing of personal data would form a top corporate risk in the future and would require added assurance protections. Bruce & Butler Ltd are a leading firm of Data Protection and Information Security Specialists based in Sheffield. They operate across the UK and internationally assisting their clients in meeting their critical legal obligations in relation to Data Protection and Security.
Will Chew - Mak Tok
Mak Tok is a Sheffield-based company that makes one of the best Malaysian artisan chilli paste in the UK and possibly the world based on a traditional family recipe. Will started Mak Tok in his tiny kitchen whilst in university with an ambition to, one day, bring Mak Tok into every kitchen and every heart across the world. Today, Mak Tok supplies their award-winning chilli pastes to restaurants and their products can be found in retailers such as Ocado, Booths and selected farm shops across Yorkshire.
Adam Chandler - Reel Film Media Limited
Reel Film Media Ltd is an award-winning Yorkshire-based, video production company, creating powerful, compelling, creative content for leading global brands and small businesses. Founded by Adam Chandler at 20 years of age, by July 2015, what started as a sole-trading initiative, became a Limited company. Now, aged 26, Adam employs eight staff and oversees Reel Film’s day-to-day operations. Through hard work, self-belief and a talented team, his passion for film has become a successful company with an exciting future ahead of it. Operating across numerous market sectors for 200+ clients, with 1,000+ successfully completed projects in eight different countries.
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are a small to medium sized firm with 120 staff based across four offices. As the nature of their work can lead to high stress levels, they recognise this and endeavour to reduce this as best they can by offering a number of initiatives. They are invested in the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.
Strong Life Care Limited
Strong Life Care Limited was founded by Harpreet Banwait. Harpreet took a sabbatical to become the primary carer for his elderly grandfather after the unexpected passing of his grandmother. Harpreet’s family struggled to find a care home for his grandfather that replicated the home environment and one that could meet his needs. It is during this time that Harpreet made the decision to leave his Finance job and set up SLC as he wanted to help other people facing this challenge.
Fortem People Limited
Fortem People are a boutique recruitment, training and consultancy company based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a converted barn. They offer their employees a number of wellbeing initiatives including free yoga in the Barn, Bring dogs to Work (currently 3), the lunch time waddle (a walk in the national park), and flexible working from home.
Established in 2000, Stafflex is a Huddersfield-based recruitment agency that provides thousands of quality workers each year to the education, office, industrial and engineering sectors throughout Yorkshire and beyond. Founded by Brian Stahelin, the company has a full-time team of 22 working from a 3,000 sq ft base close to the town centre. Industry accolades include the prestigious Audited Education status with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and an Investors in People accreditation. As a family business, Stafflex is committed to playing an active role in the community, supporting 33 charities and good causes over the last 12 months.
Help Locks is a Corgi Fenestration registered home security and locksmith service. Help Locks specialise in burglary reduction, high security locks, Smart security, door and UPVC window repairs and burglary repairs. Help Locks have three community groups on Facebook with over 30,000 members between them. Members share information around burglaries and theft in their area and Help Locks advise best practise throughout the year.
The Construction Skills Village is part of Northern Regeneration CIC. It increases the appeal of construction to people of all ages from 14+ and delivers industry-recognised qualifications. It helps to fill a worrying skills gap - by 2022, another 49,300 workers are required to meet construction demand in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding areas. The Skills Village differs from a traditional learning environment by offering a real working environment to learn brick-laying, joinery and a full range of construction skills - as well as training in excavator and forward dumper and health and safety.
Arrow Self Drive
Arrow Self Drive leases commercial vehicles on short, flexible and contract hire terms to local companies from its eight depots across Yorkshire. An independent family business, Arrow Self Drive owns its fleet of 2,000 vehicles, all of which are maintained in-house to ensure the highest level of personal service and compliancy. All leasing options are fully inclusive of servicing, maintenance, accident and breakdown cover, accident management, replacement vehicles, road tax and tyres so customers need only insure and fuel. They pride themselves on providing reliability, transparency and professionalism with a reputation for excellence built over thirty years.
LiveLead was founded by Jason Kay and Gareth Alexander, two Procurement/Supply Chain experts who through their own experience, client feedback and talking to SME construction businesses realised quickly that there was wealth of opportunity out there for Construction companies but it was difficult and time consuming for them to find what they were actually looking for. They created an Automatic Data Gathering System to display all planning applications and tenders available in the UK in one place. This created an invaluable sales lead system that can be used by many different industries.
BOXT was founded in 2017 by Mel Butler, Alan Dickinson, and Andy Kerr all former executives of Help-Link: along with Keith Jones the former Managing Director of Wolseley's Plumb Centre. BOXT was created to replace the UK's hugely antiquated, expensive and inconvenient home installation model - the team wanted to redefine, simplify and take the financial sting out of upgrading or replacing essential items for the home. Resulting in BOXT: a multi-award winning technology platform for smart home solutions offering: simple, convenient, and honest installation solutions.
Dowsing & Reynolds
Dowsing & Reynolds was launched in 2012 by James Dowsing-Reynolds after wife and future co-owner Ally inspired James to create a concrete lamp similar to one in a magazine. Eight years on, the business now employs 53 people and has a varied portfolio of home accessories described as “striking fittings and stylish accents”. These include lighting, switches and sockets, taps and showers, cupboard and door handles, artificial plants and paint. The brand opened its first shop in Leeds in 2019 after operating as an e-commerce business for seven years.
The Threshing Barn
Janet is Art College trained and spent her working career teaching in Universities, Art College and Adult Education, before running her creative business in Hong Kong for 20 years. She returned to UK to start an exciting new farming business with a craft workshop and farm shop. The Threshing Barn produces a wide range of textile craft kits, their own hand dyed wool, knitting yarn, silks and other fibres. These are ideal for spinners, weavers, felters, knitters and embroiderers. Janet assembles a superb range of spinning wheels, looms and craft tools.
My Baby Can Dance
My Baby Can Dance is a preschool activity based on movement to music and multi-sensory early years learning developing little ones’ physical, cognitive and mental health in a structured friendly equal setting with their parent or care giver. My Baby Can Dance offers the opportunity to families with children from birth to under four years to be with their children during a class session which is also all inclusive to children with additional needs.
Sheila Granger Ltd
Sheila is an internationally-renowned, pioneering hypnotherapist from East Yorkshire, trading as Sheila Granger Limited. She became a clinical hypnotherapist in 2009, using emotional intelligence techniques to benefit people in every area of their lives. She has treated clients for many issues and enjoyed huge success and recognition, particularly with her unique Virtual Gastric Band (VGB) weight loss therapy. Her focus is now on ‘making hypnotherapy mainstream’ by equipping other practitioners globally with the skills to build their own practices. Never standing still, she has recently published her first books, aimed at bringing hypnotherapy’s benefits to thousands more people worldwide.
Access Technology North Ltd
Access Technology North is a family run, independent assistive technology consultancy service. The company works with clients of all ages, to empower and enable them to access education and live more independent and enjoyable lives. Technology helps them to discover and unlock their potential. The company, in the most part, supports medico-legal cases, though more and more self-funded families are approaching the company for support, prompting them to begin setting up a charity. The company works to support people who have a range of conditions including Acquired Brain Injury and Cerebral Palsy.
Solupak stands for removal of single use plastic throughout industrial cleaning. They offer solutions that remove conventional chemical systems and the very unnecessary transportation of water around the country. By utilising Solupak cleaning systems substantial carbon savings can be achieved. All products and processes are controlled and developed by Solupak who also own the IP. The whole product range is Cruelty Free International certified and Vegan Society approved.
EthOss Regeneration Ltd
EthOss® Regeneration Ltd was founded in 2013, in Silsden, West Yorkshire, by world-renowned dental implantoligist Dr Peter Fairbairn and Dr Paul Harrison – a biomaterials expert. Since then, the company has progressed from market entry to one of the fastest growing dental businesses in Europe. The business’s success has been led by a groundbreaking product. EthOss® - a biomaterial used in dental implant surgery. The product has spearheaded EthOss’s success in a market which has seen little innovation in recent years, winning industry acclaim and gaining the company more than 30% of the UK market to date.