The 2018 Shortlist and Winners
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.
Accounts and Tax Adviser of the Year
The judges will look for the accountancy/tax advisory firm that has gone the furthest to target and help smaller companies, with quality of client service, value for money and SME-focused initiatives being prime considerations.
R&D Tax Solutions
Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co
Clear House Accountants
Purple Lime Accountancy
The VAT People
Propel by Deloitte
Alternative Finance Provider of the Year
The judges will assess online finance providers such as crowdfunding sites and peer-to-peer lenders. They will look for the operators most notable in financing small companies, considering factors such as volume of funds provided, innovative services and a dedicated SME offering.
Jenson Funding Partners
Business Account of the Year
For this category, the judges will look for the best business bank accounts, or accounts from online providers for smaller companies, taking into consideration quality of customer service and SME-focused initiatives.
WINNER: Metro Bank
Business Lender of the Year
This award recognises the lending institution, whether a bank or solely online provider, that has best addressed the needs of smaller businesses, with the judges considering factors such as access to and supply of debt, customer service and SME-focused initiatives.
Ultimate Finance Group
Capital on Tap
E-commerce Platform of the Year
In this section, the judges will reward the e-commerce platform that has best addressed customer demands, considering factors including turnover growth, an impressive market presence, innovation of concept and delivery, and notable plans to scale.
WINNER: Love the Sales
Love the Sales
The Webinar Vet
Love Layla Designs
Exporter of the Year
The Exporter of the Year will be an business of less than 50 total staff that has demonstrated an ability to succeed in international markets, with judges considering export sales growth/consistency and a notable aptitude for adapting a product or service to new markets.
WINNER: Inciner8 International
Materials Management Consultants
Reach and Rescue
Body Care Brand Development
Joe’s Gourmet Foods
ES Global Ltd
The Foraging Fox
Predator Nutrition and Ingenico
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
This award will recognise the female leader of a company of less than 50 total staff that has been an instrumental figurehead, driving impressive revenue growth and building a strong market presence for her business.
WINNER: Childs Farm
Adele Oxberry, Umbrella Training and Employment Solutions
Claire Cooksey, CS Bookkeeping Services
Tommie Edwards, Eventbree
Chrissa McFarlane, Patientory
Kathryn Scourfield, Scourfield Veterinary Services
Rachel Jones, SnapDragon Monitoring
Colleen Wong, Techsixtyfour Ltd
Joanna Jensen, Childs Farm
Monica Karpinski, The Femedic
Innovator (Disruptor) of the Year
The Innovator of the Year category rewards the business of less than 50 total staff that has shown a demonstrable ability to bring market-changing ideas to a sector, with the resulting product/service being truly innovative.
WINNER: Toast Ale
Smith and Sinclair
Insurance Provider of the Year
This category will recognise the insurance provider that best addresses the needs of SMEs, with the judges considering quality of service, value for money and breadth of cover.
AXA PPP healthcare
SES Home Services
Micro Business of the Year
The Micro Business of the Year will be a company of 2-9 people that has demonstrated strong revenue growth and a product or service of a quality that stands above competitors. The identifying of and capitalising on scale opportunities will also be noted by the judges.
WINNER: Creative Nature
Aspect Commercial Flooring
Cast in style
Small Business Advocate of the Year
This category will reward the entrepreneur, adviser, or industry authority who has been most committed to small business advocacy, with judges considering lobbying effectiveness, efficacy of campaigns, or any other measure of success in promoting smaller businesses.
WINNER: High Profile Club
Rafael dos Santos
Small Business of the Year
The judges will look for a small business of 10-50 employees with the most innovative and sector-disrupting service/product combined with strong turnover growth over the past year.
Collision Management Systems
Direct Food Ingredients
The Natural Travel Collection
Sole Trader of the Year
This award recognises the sole trader business that provides a service/product that stands above peers, demonstrating consistent sales over the past year and a niche position in its industry.
Intrigue and Mosaic of Stroud
Technology Provider of the Year
This category rewards the technology provider that has placed an SME service at the heart of its offering, displaying innovation, impressive customer care and a product to help small companies run efficiently and grow.
Alternative Business Funding
Workspace Provider of the Year
Quality of facilities, location(s), technology-enabling capabilities and value for money will be the key factors discussed, as well as the workspace provider’s overall influence on the SME ecosystem.
WINNER: The Trampery
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This category celebrates the entrepreneur aged 25 or under who has demonstrated the most impressive credentials in starting and growing an innovative business, with the judges considering factors such as turnover growth, market penetration, and partnerships forged.
WINNER: Harding Estate Agents
Fergus Harding, Harding Estate Agents
Andrew Michael, visdea
Ben Michaelis, ThinkEngine
Joseph black, UniDosh
Chantelle Mundy, Maple Rock Studios
Oliver Thomas, YIVER
Gauthier Van Malderen, Perlego
Carly Moss, Little Moss Designs