North West businesses recognised at UK Private Business Awards


PwC is delighted to announce that two North West based businesses have been recognised at this years’ awards. Missguided has been named International Business of the Year and Jennie Johnson MBE (Kids Allowed) was named CEO of the Year at the seventh annual UK Private Business Awards held at The Brewery, London last night.

Missguided is one of the fastest growing women’s online retailers in the world. Founded in 2009 by Nitin Passi, it has become a leading rapid fashion retailer, taking an agile approach that sees it deliver commercial and affordable product to its customers before trends hit. Its signature confident style and broad product range has driven global development in recent years, now selling to over 160 countries and locally active in the US, Australia, France, Spain, Poland, Ireland and Germany territories

Kids Allowed was established in 2003 by Jennie Johnson, MBE. A busy, working mum of two, frustrated by available childcare options decided it was time to set up a more family-centric, happy, fun, modern childcare and learning environment. 13 years, six centres, one teaching academy, one MBE, and another child later, Kids Allowed has made a big difference to thousands of young people across the North West - and made countless parents´ lives run a little more smoothly.

Phil Storer, PwC private business partner, commented:

"This year's winners demonstrate UK private businesses' strength in imagining and delivering ambitious, dynamic propositions in a range of industry sectors. Across the UK, it's inspiring to see private businesses pioneering innovative ways to use new technology and continuing to invest, despite aspects of our future political and economic environment remaining uncertain.

“Being involved in the judging process this year has been a real privilege for me and I’m delighted that two leading North West private businesses have been recognised for their achievements – I hope they're hugely proud of their achievements."

Jennie Johnson MBE, CEO of Kids Allowed said,

"Wow! What an amazing accolade and affirmation that business can be done differently, putting the happiness of colleagues and customers first, knowing that by doing good and staying true to your values, you can succeed and do well too."

Private businesses are a fundamental pillar of the UK economy, with some 5.5m in total in 2016, a number that’s grown by three per cent per year on average since 2000. The Private Business Awards celebrate the best in the private business sector from technology innovation to social enterprise and emerging entrepreneurs.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Lightpoint Medical Ltd, South East

Lightpoint Medical aspires to improve health outcomes for cancer patients through image-guided surgery.

Social Enterprise of the Year Award

Goodwill Solutions CIC, Midlands

Goodwill Solutions CIC offer a unique specialist logistics solution to retailers and manufacturers, with a social focus.

High Growth Business of the Year Award

CV-Library, South East

CV-Library is the UK's fastest-growing job site, with 158,631 live vacancies across all industries.

Rising Star Award                   

Skinnydip, London

Skinnydip is a London based fashion accessory brand bringing you a range of creative iPhone cases, Bags and headphones.

International Business of the Year Award             

Missguided, North West

Missguided is a bold, straight talking and forward thinking fashion brand inspired by real life.             

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award          

Josh Rathour/ UNiDAYS Ltd, Midlands

UNiDAYS Ltd is the world's leading Student Affinity Network, connecting brands and services with 142m students in 32 countries.              

Private Business Woman of the Year Award        

Michele Harriman-Smith/Childrensalon Ltd, South East

Childrensalon Ltd is the world's largest online store for designer childrenswear.         

CEO of the Year Award 

Jennie Johnson MBE/Kids Allowed, North West

Kids Allowed childcare centres focus on exactly what children need at every stage of development, from babies to 10 year old school children.

Family Business of the Year Award             

James Johnston & Co of Elgin Ltd, Scotland

James Johnston & Co of Elgin Ltd have been making cashmere and fine woollen cloth and other garments since the mill was established in 1797.           

Private Business of the Year Award            

Churchill Retirement Living, South East

Churchill Retirement Living provides retirement apartments and flats in beautiful UK locations and believe home is at the heart of an enjoyable retirement.

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