On the 27th November 2019 trailblazer businesses gathered at The Pavilion at the Tower of London to honour the finest examples of entrepreneurship and SME growth in the country.
Elite Business work closely with The Growing Business Awards honouring the country’s most outstanding companies for tremendous growth within their industries. We believe in commending growing businesses for their hard work and at the same time acknowledging the UK’s top entrepreneurs for their continued success.
This year’s winners spanned a huge variety of industries including film, retail, healthcare, technology, food and marketing whilst also recognising individual entrepreneurs for their contribution to business.
Re:Cognition Health, a cognitive health provider which assists in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairments was awarded The Bridges Positive Impact Award.
Philip Newborough, Co-founder of Bridges Fund Management commented “This year’s shortlist featured an impressive array of
high-growth, high-impact businesses, but Re:Cognition Health really
stood out. It’s the fastest growing business of its kind in the world, it’s
improving the lives of millions of people and it has ambitious plans for
further growth, both in the UK and the US.”
Presented with the Santander Growing Business of the Year award was YouGarden, an outdoor ecommerce shop which delivers garden goods to your door.
Darren Hart, Head of Growth Capital, Santander UK said: “Huge
congratulations to You Garden for winning the Santander Growing Business
of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10-25m) Award. They stood out
across a strong field of finalists with their meticulous attention to
delivering their products over multiple channels as well as the impressive
return on investments across the whole business. We’re delighted to able
to support ambitious UK companies like You Garden through these awards and the
wider holistic support we offer to small and medium-sized businesses up and
down the country.”
A real stand-out of the evening, taking home not just one but two awards was the winner of the Santander Technology Business Award, Captify
– a consumer search intelligence product. Sean Longsdale, Managing Director, Structured Finance Group, Santander UK added his comments: “Ten years ago, you would have thought Google had
online search sown up but Captify is redefining this through voice and speech
search and the visual response they provide to customers. That’s what makes
them such worthy winners of the Santander Technology Business of the Year 2019.
Overall, this was an impressive category and the quality of finalists and their
leadership was inspiring. We’re thrilled to be championing growing
technology businesses like these through the awards and as part of ongoing
support to small and medium sized British businesses throughout the UK.”
ECI highlighted the fierce competition apparent in both of their categories:
“The Consumer category shortlist this year was the
toughest it has been in recent memory. While there were a number of more
established businesses, the winner, Housekeep, was selected for very
high and profitable growth, driven by their innovative tech-driven approach in
consolidating an unloved and fragmented market. Congratulations”
“The quality of the shortlist in the B2B category was extremely
high this year. It was a difficult decision
given the innovation shown by each of the businesses and the enthusiasm of
their teams. The winner Corndel was chosen for their high-quality,
disruptive proposition which has enabled it to deliver exceptionally strong,
profitable growth. There was a clear vision for the future of the business and
the steps needed to get there. Congratulations and we look forward to
following your continued success.”
Female CEOs take the reigns
Jacqueline O’Donovan took home the Growing Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year trophy. This award carries double its merit as it recognises not only Jacqueline’s successful company O’Donovan Waste Disposal, but also her entrepreneurial ability to create an innovative product which is disrupting its field and contributing to sustainable business growth in a heavily male dominated industry.
In addition, CEO of SnapDragon Monitoring Rachel Jones collected this year’s Triumph Over Adversity Award. After battling counterfeiters at her previous brand, Rachel returned to business determined to take on the $500bn counterfeit market. SnapDragon Monitoring now helps protect innovative brands across the country from a similar fate.
Growing with the times
Winner of 2019’s Young Company of the Year award, influencer marketing company The Goat Agency bolsters recent suggestions that influencer marketing is becoming a force to be reckoned with. The judges added:
“The Goat Agency is on an exceptional growth
trajectory across three continents. It has already established itself as a
pioneer in a marketing channel which may end up reformatting the budget mix for
old and new brands”
Perhaps it’s time to re-visit that marketing budget!
The winners of 2019’s Growing Business Awards
Take a look at the class of 2019 below! If you’d like to find out more about their business, simply click on the link below to reach out.
Innovator of the Year
The ECI Partners B2B Business of the Year
Online Business of the Year
The Santander Technology Business of the Year
The ECI Partners Consumer Business of the Year
Creative Industries Business of the Year
Young Company of the Year
Winner: The Goat Agency
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: The GP
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Export Champion of the Year
Winner: Bambino Mio
Growing Business of the Year: Small Company (Turnover up to £10m)
Winner: ADVANCE GRASS
The Santander Growing Business of the Year: Small Company (Turnover £10m – £25m)
Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£50m)
Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+)
The Bridges Positive Impact Award
Winner: Re:Cognition Health
Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year
Employer of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Jacqueline O’Donovan, O’Donovan Waste Disposal
The Triumph over Adversity Award
Winner: Rachel Jones, SnapDragon Monitoring
This article comes courtesy of The Growing Business Awards – https://growingbusinessawards.co.uk/. Since 1998, the Growing Business Awards have been bringing together and honouring some of the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. The 2019 Growing Business Awards were sponsored by Santander, Bridges Fund Management, ECI Partners and Oresa. It was supported by Elite Business, Family Business United, The Creative Industries Federation, Centre for Entrepreneurs, The Supper Club and the Arts Council England. 2019’s VIP supporters were Oodle Finance and Grey Bear Consultancy.