A business award is a much sought-after accolade. Awards confirm the success of a business, raise its standing in the business community and offer excellent marketing and promotional opportunities.
A successful start-up business is a new emerging business that has been operating, usually, for less than two years but has made an immediate impact on their chosen market. They are started by entrepreneurs who have spotted a gap in the market and have used the opportunity to build a solid foundation for the future growth of their business. To win an award is a fantastic achievement for a start-up as it demonstrates the ability to create an impact in their chosen market within a short period of time.
At the beginning of 2020, we’d like to raise a glass to celebrate the success of all new start-ups. To give you some inspiration, here are four of the most successful start-ups from 2019. They all won national business awards, sealing their credentials and are definitely ones to watch in the future.
Advance Grass Solutions Ltd – Winner of UKBA’19 UK Best New Business & SME National Business Award’s Best New Business
Advance Grass Solutions is a fantastic example of a successful start-up, winning two national awards for best new business in 2019s.
The company provides consultancy, scientific and technical analysis on sports turf, as well as a range of sports turf management products. The company has developed its own brand range as well as supplying other leading brands. It is also developing a professional range of eco-friendly, sustainable products.
Aidie London – Winner of FSB UK’s Start-Up Business of the Year 2019
The winner of The FSB UK Start-Up Business of the Year 2019 was Aidie London. It specialises in luxury infant footwear which has been designed by infant developmental psychologists to help babies improve cognitive development in children as they learn to walk. It also sells high-end baby essentials and even has a range for vegan products.
Pro-Football Academy Ltd – Winner of The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year
In November, Pro-Football Academy was awarded New Business of the Year at The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. The Academy provides professional football and coaching for children with personal development needs. By providing them with a safe environment, the children gain confidence by learning how to play football at their own pace.
Emma’s Music Tuition – Winner of Young Business Owner of the Year at the British Business Awards 2019
Although there is not a start-up category in this award, a special mention should go to the Young Business Owner of the Year. The winner has to be aged 25 or less and they are assessed on the business idea, challenges faced and level of success. Emma Illingworth runs Emma’s Music Tuition with the aim of providing inclusive, accessible and affordable music lessons to the local community.
To describe what it takes to win a small business award, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry summed it up perfectly when he said the: “award winners illustrate how small businesses are embracing and driving investment, innovation, technology and creativity to better the UK’s economy”.