Vegware was the winner of the National Business Innovation Award, they provide environmentally-friendly food packaging. From just a team of two staff in 2009, the company now has customers and franchises across the globe, serving the hospitality and catering industries which have traditionally had a poor recycling rate.
Other winners who collected their awards from Olympian Roger Black included: Steven Armit, Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Steven is a young mechanic, who battled dyslexia and put himself through adult education. Started less than two years ago, the business began as a night-time service for mechanical work and minor body repairs, but began operating full time within two months. Within a year, Armit’s Autos has more than trebled in size, and has moved three times to accommodate a staggering growth in business.
Atelier Millinery, Micro Business of the Year: Atelier Millinery, run by Georgiana Abbott, provides bespoke and ready-to-wear headwear, as well as creative courses for hat designers in the making – promoting the best designs through its store. The store has attracted a number of high profile customers and was recently chosen to make the hats for the wedding comedy ‘I Give it a Year’ starring Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne.
My Little Angel, Online Business of the Year: My Little Angels is a wholesale business providing baby clothes, toys and accessories to hundreds of businesses and shops across the UK. Run by managing director, Jayne Everson, the business is close to hitting its first annual £1million turnover and has revolutionised the market for baby products.