Chiddingford, Surrey sole trader Barrie Pegrum has scooped the national Lifetime Achievement Award, beating off stiff competition, at this year’s FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards. The award winners were announced by Tim Campbell MBE at a glittering ceremony at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe in London last night on the 10th May.
Mr Pegrum (recovering from a recent hip operation) is a sole trader (sector Projects Ltd) who began his career began at age 17, working in the wind tunnels on the Hawker Harrier prototype P1127, and since then he has gone on to become a leading designer of counter-terrorist training facilities worldwide. Occupation highlights have included developing the world's most sophisticated counter-terrorist training base for Jordan's King Abdullah, the £800m Gemas training facility in Malaysia, and the Mersing Special Forces Base, Malaysia. In his long career, he has masterminded many unique systems still in use today, the latest being an instant housing system for disaster relief, refugees, hospital overspill accommodation and similar crises.
Now in their fourth year, the FSB & Worldpay UK 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.
This year, approximately 800 entrants showcased exceptional achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and everything in between, with highlights including a luxury knitting brand and a rural bug farm. The winners were announced by entrepreneur and winner of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ Tim Campbell MBE at the ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe on the evening of 10th May. The award for the UK’s Best Small Business of the Year went to Kendal Nutricare, the makers of ‘Kendamil’ infant formula.
Commenting on the event, Worldpay CEO Peter Jackson said: “The UK business has a well-deserved reputation for dynamism, innovation and openness. I’m delighted to see all of those attributes on show among the winners here tonight. Perhaps more than ever, it is vital that small businesses are given the tools, confidence and support they need to grow and succeed, whether that’s doing vital work in the local community, or breaking into new markets internationally. We need these businesses to succeed, and so I’m thrilled to be able to honour even a few of them tonight.”
Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s award winners who are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up the UK’s 5.5 million-strong small business community. These are 5.5 million entrepreneurs – they’ve taken a risk, they’ve worked hard, and they have made something out of nothing. This benefits us all. When our small businesses succeed, so does the UK economy."