British Small Business Awards

2022 Shortlist

Accountancy Software Provider of the Year

This category will recognise the accountancy software provider that best suits the needs of SMEs, with the judges considering level of innovation, impressive customer care, value for money, and a product that best assists small companies with managing their finances.

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Funding Options
Sage
Salamon & Co-Accountancy Services Ltd

Accounts and Tax Adviser of the Year

This award recognises an accountancy firm that has gone above and beyond to support SMEs to the highest degree. Judges will be looking for organisational growth and development over the last 2-years, and examples of a diverse customer portfolio, customer testimonials and their measure of success. Please include in your submission evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the company and with clients.  

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Accounts Navigator Associates Ltd
CFA Tax Ltd
Derbyshire Accountants Ltd
EVLA Ltd
Haysmacintyre LLP
Makesworth Accountants 
Mazuma
TaxAssist Accountants

Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority Business of the Year

This award recognises Black, Asian and Ethic Minority owned SMEs that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation, leadership and people first values. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business achievements over the last 2-years, but also give examples on how they have set themselves up for future success through the transformation of the organisational makeup and culture or its client base. 

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Books2Door
Accounts Navigator Associates Ltd
Aim Sky High Talent
Diversifying Group (formerly BAME Recruitment)
Kazient Privacy Experts
Melian Dialogue Research Ltd
V4 Cloud 
Creative Nature
Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing
Sleeping Bubbles Ltd 

 

Business Lender of the Year

This award recognises a lender that has gone above and beyond to support SMEs to the highest degree. Judges will be looking for organisational growth and development over the last 2-years, and examples of a diverse customer portfolio, customer testimonials and their measure of success. Please include in your submission evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the company and with clients.This category is open to traditional bank lending institutions, digital or challenger banking groups or alternative finance lenders. 

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365 Business Finance
Nucleus Commercial Finance
Praetura Group (Lending Division) 

DEI Initiative of the Year

This award will be presented to a project or initiative that has had demonstrable success in improving the recruitment, onboarding, development and/or progression of underrepresented talent. This could include internships, training initiative, new company policies or recruitment process. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, the tangible impact on employees and the company, and the evidence-based results of the initiative. 

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Eton Clarke Ltd
HR Habitat
Melian Dialogue Research Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year

This category is open to all entrepreneurs over 30 in 2022. Judges will be looking for a candidate that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 2-years, with a coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving it. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials.

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South Cliff Dental Group
Fabulosa (My Fabulosa Ltd)
White Stores
Shojin Property Partners
NICE
ihateironing
Pets Purest
Freedon Service Group
Virgate
Blink 

Insurance Provider of the Year

This award recognises an insurance provider that has gone above and beyond to support SMEs to the highest degree. Judges will be looking for organisational growth and development over the last 2-years, and examples of a diverse customer portfolio, customer testimonials and their measure of success. Please include in your submission evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the company and with clients.This award is open to insurers that provide cover for the business in some format and/or the individuals running that business in the form of key people.

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Jukes Insurance Brokers
Purbeck Insurance Services
Freedom Services Group
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Health and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year

This award will be presented to a project or initiative that has had demonstrable success in improving the health and wellbeing of all its employees. This could include flexible policies, company benefits, innovative and inclusive team building/bonding initiatives, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, impact on the employees and the company, and ultimate results of the initiative.

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4mindz Foundation
Centre for Holistic and Psychological Healthcare Ltd
Fearless Adventures
GAMA Healthcare Ltd
Jute, Jam & Journalism Group
The Audit Lab
Therapeutic Equines Assisting Learning CIC
Words Of Life And Health Ltd

Micro Business of the Year

This award recognises micro businesses that were established pre-pandemic and are still active today. Judges are looking for evidence of how the business pivoted/transformed, supported staff and clients, and continued to be profitable. Please also include the lessons learned and how these have helped pave the way for a prosperous future. 

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Ask the Chameleon Ltd
Central Vision Opticians
Evolution Sales Recruitment Ltd
Lanes Employment Solution Specialists Ltd
North East International Film Festival (Under the umbrella of Keepin’ It Reel Productions Ltd)
Razzamataz Theatre School (Newbury)
Sharp Thinking Marketing
Tunley Engineering
UKYOGA
WPR

Most Innovative Business Idea of the Year

This award recognises a product/service or company that has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 2-years. Judges are looking for creative products/services/companies that have identified a gap in their markets and have delivered successfully. Please include examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and service, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments.

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CeraPhi Energy
Fearless Adventures
Haybrooke Associates Ltd
Light Science Technologies Ltd
Melian Dialogue Research Ltd
Rocket Group
See No Bounds
Silly Greens
Tunley Engineering
Voilo

Next Generation Entrepreneur of the Year

An entrepreneur under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2022, that has established and shown exceptional growth in their business sector. Submissions must include examples of leadership, innovate product and/or services ideas, financial success and how they are excelling in their industry. 

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Paste Dental
ThinkEngine
Studio Sonder
Nutrifec
One Typical Day & The Purpose Workshop
Greenr Technologies
Sweet Lounge
Visionary Pictures
Seer BI

Retailer of the Year

This award recognises high street and online retailers that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation, leadership and people first values. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business achievements over the last 2-years, but also give examples of how they navigated the online pivot or journey and how they have set themselves up for future success through the transformation of the organisational makeup and culture or its client base. 

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Ice of Ixworth
LadyBiker
Pennine Cycles
Street Life
White Stores

SME Marketing Agency of the Year

This award recognises a marketing agency that has gone above and beyond to support SMEs to the highest degree. Judges will be looking for organisational growth and development over the last 2-years, and examples of a diverse customer portfolio, customer testimonials and their measure of success. Please include in your submission evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the company and with clients.  

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Aqueous Digital
Bacon Marketing
Brevity Marketing
Goho
Murray Dare Marketing Consultancy
PPC Geeks
Rooster Punk
Scala
Yay!Starter Marketing
YUnique Marketing Ltd

Small Business of the Year

This award recognises all SMEs that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation, leadership and people first values. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business achievements over the last 2-years, but also give examples on how they have set themselves up for future success through the transformation of the organisational makeup and culture or its client base through the inclusion of all people.

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Airship Interactive
All Seasons Group
Cognassist
Core to Cloud
Cornucopia Worcester
Kromanti Distillery & Blending House
MaxContact
Visionary Pictures
NICE
Shojin Property Partner

Start-up of the Year

This award recognises businesses that took a chance and launched in the midst of the pandemic (in the last 2-years). Judges are looking for businesses that are prospering forward despite the tremendous adversity brought about by COVID-19. In your submission, please share your business idea, the opportunities and challenges, and your measures of success. 

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Bossface Ltd
Edgify
Humānery
Kidvelo Bikes
Praeferre
Project Harmless 
Scout
See No Bounds
SURI
Voilo

Sustainable Business Award of the Year

This award honours SMEs that demonstrate genuine and tangible efforts to improve the lives of others and the world around us. This is open to businesses who are operating in the sustainability sector or have made significant changes to their business to support others and the environment. It recognises corporate social responsibility, charity work or green and sustainability initiatives that are driven or implemented. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to doing good. Entrants should reference how their efforts link to the UN Sustainability Goals, and which SDGs in particular. 

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Green Tomato (Midlands) Ltd
Greenr Technologies
Goodchap’s
Light Science Technologies
Meryl Fabrics
Pri Pri
SE Recycling Ltd
SURI
TOTM
Treepoints

Technology Provider of the Year

This award recognises a technology provider that has gone above and beyond to support SMEs to the highest degree. Judges will be looking for organisational growth and development over the last 2-years, and examples of a diverse customer portfolio, customer testimonials and their measure of success. Please include in your submission evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the company and with clients.This award to open to any business providing a technology solution to SMEs including point of sale, e-commerce, cloud computing, cyber security or CRM. 

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Awin
Censornet
Clarity Stack
Click Dealer Ltd
Core to Cloud
Deko
EndtoEnd IT
Funding Options
Pragmatiq
Tedbree

Women Led Business of the Year

This award recognises SMEs founded by women that have demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation, leadership and people first values. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business achievements over the last 2-years, but also give examples on how they have set themselves up for future success through the transformation of the organisational makeup and culture or its client base. 

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Hey Lola
Howlett Brown
Aim Sky High Talent
Tillit
Chocolate on Chocolate Ltd
Greenr Technologies Ltd
Tapoly
STEPS Rehabilitation
Creative Nature
North East International Film Festival (Under the umbrella of Keepin’ It Reel Productions Ltd)