Businesses from Wiltshire wow the Federation of Small Businesses judges at their regional awards

Wiltshire firms shine at regional awards  – Five businesses from Wiltshire made the hotly-contested shortlist for the biggest awards contest for small businesses in the South West. And one of them emerged triumphant.

The FSB South West Small Business Awards final, held at Weston-Super-Mare, saw these Swindon firms nominated for success:

  • Woodward Financials Ltd
  • Eco Camping and Leisure Ltd
  • The Beauty Hut Ltd of Trowbridge
  • Blue Bee of Salisbury
  • Alfie Jones with the Backyard Barber, from Royal Wootton Bassett

And for Alfie it was a day of personal triumph as the teenage gardener – who set up his business at the age of 16 – won the title of South West Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Alfie expressed great delight at winning with The Backyard Barber.

‘Winning this award sets in stone that maybe I’m doing something right and I’m more than a boy mowing lawns! It’s great that other professionals have looked at what I do and can see that I’m getting somewhere,’ he said.

Record number of entries

Although none of the county’s other nominees won their category titles, the FSB’s South West Regional Chairman, Lee Nathan, said that even making the shortlist was creditable due to  the quality and quantity of this year’s entry.   

‘We’re delighted to discover that we had a record amount of entries this year with so many small businesses telling us of their triumph against all the odds. I know that the judges found even getting down to a shortlist a major headache – let alone trying to pick a category winner. 

‘What this all says, is what we all know: the South West is an absolute hotbed of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and small business expertise.’

All the winners at the FSB southwest business awards - Wiltshire firms shine at regional awards 
All the winners at the FSB southwest business awards
Wiltshire firms shine at regional awards
Wiltshire firms shine at regional awards  - •	The seeds of success....the FSB young entrepreneur of the year, Alfie Jones, receiving his award from Dave Crew of category sponsors Weston College

·       The seeds of success….the FSB young entrepreneur of the year, Alfie Jones, receiving his award from Dave Crew of category sponsors Weston College

The Full List

The full list for the South West area ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Award’ winners for 2022 is:

  1. Business & Product Innovation Award
    One Big Circle Ltd  (Bristol )
  2. Family Business of the Year
    Cofton Holidays (Nr Dawlish Devon)
  3. International Business of the Year
    Rockit (N2M Ltd) (Bristol)
  4. Environmental/Sustainability Award
    ARCO2 Architecture Ltd (Bodmin, Cornwall)
  5. Start-up Business of the Year
    Little Adventures Nursery (Worle, Somerset
  6. Digital/e-Commerce Business of the Year 
    Padpilot Ltd (Gloucester, Gloucestershire)
  7. Micro Business of the Year
    Haven Timber Holdings  (Bath)
  8. Self-employed/Sole Trader of the Year
    Re Legal Consulting Limited, Rebecca Seeley Harris (Topsham, Devon)
  9. High Growth Business of the Year
    Car Connect Bristol (Bristol
  10. Wellbeing Award of the Year
    Beyond Retail (Bournemouth, Dorset)
  11. Community Award
    Pappadoms Indian Takeaway (Weston-super-Mare, Somerset ) – winners of this category
  12. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under 30 years of age)
    Alfie Jones, the Backyard Barber RWB Ltd (Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire)

About the FSB

FSB is the UK’s biggest business group. As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government.

Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established over 40 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by its members, for its members. Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of essential business areas including tax, and legal protection, HR, local networking groups, business banking and mentoring.

FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of the FSB team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, FSB expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

FSB Local Contact – Ruth Lambert, FSB Development Manager, Somerset and Wiltshire

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