From bricks and mortar retailers to innovation-led start-ups, social enterprise champions to supply line legends, businesses from across all sectors have a chance of awards glory at this year’s ceremony, including Community Driving School CIC, a groundbreaking back to work scheme that tackles poverty head-on by giving people a chance to apply for jobs previously beyond them, founded in 2017 by the CEO, John Nicholson following his own battles with mental health problems.
Winners of The Small Awards will be crowned at an event at Marylebone’s historic St Mary’s church. There are eleven categories, all highlighting the vibrancy of the UK’s small business sector which turns over £1.9 trillion each year.
One leading small business will hope to follow in the footsteps of Peterborough salon Serenity Loves, winner of the Small Business of the Year award in 2018. The salon is unique for offering an onsite supervised crèche, which filled a gap in the market for parents in need of childcare as part of a wider commitment to supporting its community.
The full list of categories at The Small Awards 2019 includes:
- Digital Star for best digital only business
- High Street Hero for best high street business
- Heart of Gold for the business that contributes most to its community
- Legacy Award for best family business
- Mission Possible for best social enterprise
- New Kid On The Block for best start-up less than 18-months-old
- Supply Chain Champion for best B2B supplier
- Sole to Sole for best self-employed small business owner
- Bricks and Clicks for best multi-channel small business
- At Your Service for best small service business
John Nicholson, founder of Community Driving School CIC said:
“To be recognized by other business leaders that have been there and have the experience is amazing. This scheme relys on community participation and grant funding. We aim to give hope to the hopeless and feel strongly that people should be given a chance in life, regardless of their circumstances.”
Michelle Ovens MBE, Founder of The Small Awards said:
“The Small Awards celebrates the huge contribution that the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses make to the economy and broader society across the country. There are huge numbers of small businesses doing great things, making great products and excelling in customer service, and they all deserve recognition. I am proud that there is now a spotlight on vibrant, dynamic and exciting UK businesses such as Community Driving School CIC.”