Rate who should win the Nectar Business Small Business Awards

Nectar small biz award logoLeading business woman and star of BBC1’s The Apprentice, Karren Brady CBE, is asking the public to vote on which company makes the biggest contribution to the community, as part of the sixth annual Nectar Business Small Business Awards.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of successful small businesses and business people across the UK.  They are judged by a panel of respected industry figures including Karren Brady; Will Shuckburgh, Managing Director of Nectar; Nathan Palmer of BOC; Richard Carvell of Viking and 2013 winner and founder of Goody Good Stuff, Melissa Burton.

As in previous years, the Contribution to the Community Award will be open to a public vote, where fans of facebook.com/nectarbusiness page will have their say, and it will be down to these votes alone to decide this year’s winner.

The four shortlisted companies for the Contribution to Community Award are:

  • Plan Bee, which provides beehives and associated services to local organisations in Scotland
  • Sign Solutions, which specialists in services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing across the UK
  • Two Fingers Brewing Co, which gives all of its profits to Prostate Cancer UK
  • Outback2Basics, teaches bushcraft, survival skills and nature crafts to adult and young people


Awards judge, Karren Brady, is encouraging the public to visit the Nectar Business Facebook page to vote for these most inspiring businesses: “We have narrowed down the vast amount of entries received, and now need the public’s support to judge which small business deserves to be crowned the winner of the Contribution to the Community Award.


“Each shortlisted business has demonstrated something special in the way they work, and that’s one of the reasons they stood out from all the hundreds of entries we received this year in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards. Being shortlisted is no mean feat, it is an accolade that has been hotly contested over the past six years.”


Each winner will receive £2,000 cash and 50,000 Nectar points, as well as the unique opportunity to meet and receive tailored expert advice from Karren Brady at the Nectar Business Round Table event – to be held in September this year.


Will Shuckburgh, Managing Director of Nectar, adds: “After six years of running these Awards we know that whilst the businesses may be small the results we celebrate are big. SMEs are the backbone of the UK economy and we are constantly impressed by the market leading ideas these awards showcase as well as the calibre of leadership that is highlighted. I’d urge every small business to get involved and shout about their success!”


The other categories of the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014 include Small Business of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Home Grown Business of the Year, Tradesperson of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.


The 2014 shortlist includes:


Small Business of the Year Home Grown Business of the Year Shortlist
  • Mask-arade
  • Gourmet Spice Co
  • Nosy Crow
  • Mask-arade
  • SendMyBag.com
  • Moor View Alpacas
  • The Libra Company
  • Prezzy Box
  • The Whiteley Clinic
  • Squeeze Juice Café
  • Titania
Innovation of the Year Shortlist Entrepreneur of the Year Shortlist
  • CMK Group
  • BlackLeaf Events
  • Cru Kafe
  • Mum2Mum Market
  • Holly and Beau
  • Pretty Witty Cakes
  • Lateral Design Studio
  • Tiffany Rose
  • Small Ideas
  • Vaiopak
Contribution to Community Shortlist  
  • Outback2basics
  • Plan Bee
  • Sign Solutions
  • Two Fingers Brewing Co



For further details on the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014, please visit nectar-business.com/sba2014

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