Shortlist identifies private businesses leading the way in the UK

Jun 08, 2018

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  • Monica Vinader, Berry Bros. & Rudd, My UNiDAYS and Wyke Farms Ltd among well-known brands competing for awards
  • Shortlist demonstrates strength of private business across UK regions and industries

The UK Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrate the strength of the country’s private businesses across a variety of sectors and locations. Selected from hundreds of nominees, the finalists announced today range from technology and aerospace firms to farms and fashion houses.

Since starting in 2011, the awards have celebrated the best of the private business sector and its importance to the UK economy. The 62 companies shortlisted employ more than 12,000 people, have a combined turnover of £2.0 billion and operating profits of £487 million. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 13th September 2018 at the gala awards at the The Brewery, London.

Brian Henderson, partner at PwC, said:

“It’s brilliant to see such a diverse shortlist of companies, representing a range of industries and all regions of the UK.

“As a crucial part of our economy, it’s important we continue to recognise and support UK private businesses and their valuable contribution to our society.

“Embracing technology and diversification, great stories of entrepreneurship and doing the right thing for employees and the community are a few ways in which firms stood out from the pack to make the shortlist. Each company or individual named should be immensely proud of their achievements to get to this stage, against such tough competition. ”

UK Private Business Awards 2017 - Shortlisted Nominees:

CEO of the Year

  • Apex Hotels Ltd, Angela Vickers, Scotland
  • Aurora Lighting Group, Andrew Johnson, South East
  • Belfield Group, Steve Hampton, North East
  • ClearScore, Justin Basini, London
  • FirstPort Ltd, Nigel Howell, South East
  • Monica Vinader , Monica Vinader, London
  • Volume Ltd, Chris Sykes, South East

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Bob & Berts, Colin McClean, Northern Ireland
  • Evermore, Ciaran Devine, Northern Ireland
  • My 1st Years, Daniel Price & Jonny Sitton, South East
  • Opus Talent Solutions, Darren Ryemill, West & Wales
  • Zip World Ltd, Sean Taylor, West & Wales
  • Pedal Pulses Ltd t/a Margaret Dabbs London, Margaret Dabbs, London

Family Business of the Year

  • Beechdean Dairies Ltd, South East
  • Berry Bros. & Rudd, London
  • FM Conway, South East
  • LJ Fairburn, Midlands
  • Scottish Leather Group Ltd, Scotland
  • Wyke Farms Ltd, West & Wales

High Growth Business of the Year

  • AerFin, West & Wales
  •, London
  • MVF, London
  • Net World Sports, West & Wales
  • Utilita Energy, South East
  • Want2Bthere Ltd t/a loveholidays, London

International Business of the Year

  • Audio Network Ltd, London
  • DOMU Brands, North West
  • HH Global Ltd, South East
  • Intersurgical Ltd, South East
  • My UNiDAYS, Midlands
  • PortSwigger Web Security, North West

Private Business of the Year

  • BJSS, North East
  • Childrensalon, South East
  • OHOB Holdings Ltd, South East
  • RSK Group Ltd, North West
  • Swift Acquisitions Ltd, North East
  • True Potential LLP, North East

Private Business Woman of the Year

  • activpayroll, Alison Sellar, Scotland
  • Elite Group, Alex Cliffe, North West
  • FSL Aerospace, Carly Prickett, South East
  • O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd, Jacqueline O'Donovan, London
  • Solutions 4 Health Ltd, Leena Sankla, South East
  • Sponge UK, Louise Pasterfield, West & Wales
  • The QTS Group, Phyllis McLeish, Scotland

Rising Star of the Year

  • Chameleon Technology (UK) Ltd, North East
  • Chorus Intelligence, South East
  • LendInvest, London
  • Shnuggle Ltd, Northern Ireland
  • Simba Sleep Ltd , London
  • SS Protect Ltd, South East

Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Alchemy Arts Ltd, North West
  • Bikeworks, London
  • Bryson Recycling (part of Bryson Group) , Northern Ireland
  • Community Food Initiatives NE (CFINE), Scotland
  • Miss Macaroon, Midlands
  • Stand4 Socks, North West

Technology Innovation of the Year

  • Busuu Ltd, London
  • Edesix Ltd, Scotland
  • JustPark, London
  • Pavegen Systems Ltd, South East
  • Ultrahaptics, West & Wales
  • Wattbike Ltd, Midlands


Notes to editors.

UK Private Business Awards

The UK Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, celebrates the best in the private sector and highlight the achievements of individuals and companies. The event recognises the importance of private companies to the UK economy and is attended by CEOs and entrepreneurs from every region of the UK.

UK Private Business Awards website:

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