Bringing together a guest list of over 500 trailblazing business owners and managers, the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016 were hosted by comedian Rob Beckett and added some incredible companies to an illustrious alumni.
Larsson & Jennings founder Andrew Jennings picked up one of the biggest awards of the night, Entrepreneur of the Year – he started the company five years ago with less than £20,000 in his pocket and has grown it to a position of turning over £7m.
Other notable businesses to scoop prizes included Go Ape, the outdoor adventure business that won Rural Business of the Year, and MVF, a fast-growing London-based firm that was this year’s B2B Business of the Year.
Hunter Ruthven, editor of Real Business, said the quality of nominations and shortlisted companies this year goes to show how much entrepreneurial talent there is in the UK right now.
“What was fantastic to see was the coming together of businesses both young and old, from a variety of different sectors and geographies, all celebrating the outstanding achievements of some really hard-working teams.
“Running a business, especially one that is successful and growing, is no easy feat. It requires dedication, passion and a slight perversion to risk – all of which was demonstrated in abundance by the companies on show at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards.
Evidence of how far business success has spread in the UK, the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016, supported by the CBI, saw at least one winning or highly commended business in almost every region of Britain. While London-based businesses such as Joseph Joseph and Larsson & Jennings led the way with the most awards, those in the South West and South East of England were the next most successful.
Doug Gurr, UK country manager for headline sponsor Amazon, said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and businesses highly commended.
Export Champion of the Year
Winner: Thermoseal Group
Thermoseal Group, which has a site in Wigan, is the Winner for the Export Champion of the Year award at the 18th annual Amazon Growing Business Awards, which took place at The Brewery in London on November 30th.
The local business is up against companies including Crawford Healthcare in Cheshire, Kendal Nutricare in Cumbria and Magic Whiteboard from Worcester for the accolade.
The company was nominated for the Export Champion of the Year award following a stellar year in which the business expanded its operation in Wigan to hold seven warehouses and an apprenticeship program to train the next generation of staff. Manufacturing machinery and components for the production of double and triple glazed window units, Thermoseal Group now exports to 22 countries having increased its international business by 100% since January.
For the full list Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016 winners click here.