Eleven lucky small business winners became regional champions at the London finals of ‘The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards’. The finalists and winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch held Wednesday 17 April at the prestigious One Whitehall Place within The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminster.
The FSB competition designed to find the winning businesses from across the capital were won, this year, by a wide variety of businesses including Fulham based personalised jewellery company – ‘Merci Maman’ which has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned London’s International Business of the Year – one of 11 award category winners at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards for the London area.
Founded by Béatrice de Montille from her kitchen table in 2007, the business has grown constantly and experienced a step change in 2014 when Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a Merci Maman necklace after the birth of Prince George. Overnight the company turnover tripled and they saw significant growth in international sales particularly in the US, France and Germany.
Other winners on the day included Radfield Home Care Havering inspired by ‘Nanny Fish’ took the London Family Business of the Year Award for its ‘we are a family’ approach in providing high quality care for the elderly and those living with dementia.
Marylebone’s The Cheeky Panda Ltd won Scale-Up Business of the Year, recognised for its sustainable, bamboo tissue products now selling to big name High Street and online outlets achieving a multi-million turnover and a valuation of £25m in just three years.
The Business & Product Innovation Award went to Not.Corn who are disrupting the snack market by introducing a ground-breaking innovative, new snack which is completely unique and the first of its kind to the whole of Europe – sorghum – an alternative grain, which according to a leading women’s health magazine has a nutritional profile to rival quinoa and is set to be the next big superfood.
Michael Lassman, FSB London Regional Chair, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s London FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. Enjoy the limelight.
“The event has certainly highlighted the strength, creativity and wide-ranging nature of the local SME sector and its importance to our capital city. They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our small business community. It’s been thrilling to see so many London businesses enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in London. The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national award finals in May.”
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 January and March, with the national UK finals taking place at a VIP attended awards ceremony on 23 May in London.