From the top · 30 November 2017

Micro firms and entrepreneurs hold their own at Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017

Claudia Lambeth picked up the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Claudia Lambeth picked up the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Some of the brightest sparks of UK enterprise were recognised for their achievements at the 19th Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017, a celebration of the nation’s most promising companies.

Created by our sister title, Real Business, and backed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017 delivered accolades to firms pushing the £50m turnover mark, but also young entrepreneurs showing real potential.

Flight Club Darts co-founders Paul Barhan and Steve Moore
Flight Club Darts co-founders Paul Barhan and Steve Moore

Picking up the award for Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover up to £10m) was London-based Flight Club Darts, a bar chain offering a unique reworking of the traditional pub game.

Speaking after picking up the award, Steve Moore, founder and CEO, said: “We are incredibly proud of the success we have had in just two years; we have launched two amazing London venues where over 400,000 guests have thrown a massive 27m darts. We cannot wait for our first international site to open in Chicago in 2018 and to continue growing, getting as many people playing social darts as possible.”

The UK’s tireless micro firms were also in attendance, with Beauty Boulevard winning the Micro Business of the Year category. Founded in 2013, the cosmetics company has registered impressive growth since founders Rachel de Caux and Paula Short left Dragons’ Den empty handed last year.

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Young Company of the Year: ClickMechanic

ClickMechanic founder Andrew Jervis explains how his company became a market leader in car services.

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As well as recognising team efforts, the awards celebrated individual achievement. Claudia Lambeth, founder of bespoke lingerie and loungewear brand Luna Mae London, picked up the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Lambeth launched her business aged just 22 and now oversees offices amongst fashion royalty in New York and Paris.

Beauty Boulevard picked up Micro Business of the Year
Beauty Boulevard was awarded Micro Business of the Year

Recognising the successes of the night’s nominees, Hunter Ruthven, editor of Real Business, said: “These awards are now in its 19th year and it has been a pleasure to watch it grow from strength to strength. This year we have celebrated creative businesses, family-owned businesses, exporters and entrepreneurs making smart use of digital technology.

“On behalf of everyone at Real Business, we would like to thank all those who entered this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards and we look forward to hearing even more inspiring stories in next year’s entries.”

Following the ceremony, Doug Gurr, UK country manager of headline sponsor Amazon, offered his “huge congratulations” to all winners.

“These businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and a true inspiration to others, so it’s great to see them recognised for their incredible entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative spirit at the awards,” Gurr said.

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Consumer Business of the Year: Pip & Nut

Find out the story behind Pippa Murray’s all-natural food brand Pip & Nut.

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Growing companies previously featured on Business Advice, including Pip & Nut and ClickMechanic, continued to show their potential, winning Consumer Business of the Year and Young Company of the Year respectively.

Full Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017 list of winners

  • B2B Business of the Year: Lawson Conner
  • Consumer Business of the Year: Pip & Nut
  • Creative Industries Business of the Year: Bulletproof
  • Digital Business of the Year: Monevo
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Jazz Gandhum, e-Careers
  • Export Champion of the Year: ATG Access
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year: PJ Care
  • Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+): HH Global
  • Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (Turnover £25m-£50m): Trak Global Group
  • Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m): Telensa
  • Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover up to £10m): Flight Club Darts
  • Innovator of the Year: Revolut
  • Micro Business of the Year: Beauty Boulevard
  • Rural Business of the Year: KP Technology
  • The Triumph over Adversity Award: AM Marketing
  • Young Company of the Year: ClickMechanic
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Claudia Lambeth, Luna Mae London

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Simon Caldwell is a reporter for Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and communications from the University of Liverpool, and previously worked as a content editor in the ecommerce industry.

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