Nosy Crow, an independent publisher of child-focused books and apps, has wowed the judges at this year’s Nectar Business Small Business Awards, beating hundreds of other UK-based SMEs to scoop the lead prize of Small Business of the Year 2014.
Publishing pro and founder of Nosy Crow, Kate Wilson, impressed the panel of judges — which included star of BBC 1’s The Apprentice, Karren Brady CBE — with her clear business goals, strong corporate-social-responsibility projects and excellent end-user engagement. Kate will now attend the Nectar Business Round Table event, where she will have the opportunity to ask Karren for advice specific to her business.
Nosy Crow, which is based in South-East London, specialises in parent-friendly books, e-books and interactive story apps for children aged 0 to 12 years old, with a portfolio of over 60 authors and illustrators.
Commenting on Nosy Crow, Karren Brady says: “Nosy Crow is a very deserving winner of the Small Business of the Year prize in this year’s Nectar Business Small Business Awards, it’s a shining example of what this category stands for and a great business to inspire others to do something similar, to grow and to be a success – especially in the current economic market.”
Will Shuckburgh, Managing Director at Nectar, adds: “We are delighted to award Nosy Crow for its business success, it’s a great idea which has become hugely popular. The Nectar Business Small Business Awards seek to support businesses exactly like this to achieve their goals in industry. This year we’ve seen a large increase in the number and quality of entrants across the board. A number of the businesses are a real inspiration demonstrating the thriving entrepreneurial spirit prevalent across the UK.”
Other winners include Two Fingers Brewing Co., which won the Contribution to the Community Award, and Mask-arade, a novelty mask specialist, that impressed the judges to win the Home Grown Business of the Year prize — a new Award category for 2014.
The Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014, which were free to enter, celebrate the achievements of successful small businesses and business people across the UK. As well as the business advice provided by Karren Brady, winners also receive £2,000 cash and 50,000 Nectar points. The winning companies included Nosy Crow for Small Business of the Year; Mask-arade for Home-Grown Business of the Year; Two Fingers Brewing Co. for Contribution to the Community; Vaiopak Ltd for Entrepreneur of the Year; and Holly and Beau for Innovation of the Year. High-end maternity-wear specialist Tiffany Rose was awarded Highly Commended in the Entrepreneur of the Year category.