Private Business Awards 2017 shortlist revealed

16 June 2017

The shortlist for the seventh annual Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC, demonstrates the private business sector’s strength across UK regions and industries. Finalists include fashion, food, financial services and healthcare companies amongst many others, selected from hundreds of nominees.

The awards were set up in 2011 to celebrate the best in the private business sector and to underline its importance to the UK economy. The 60 companies shortlisted employ more than 28,000 people, have a combined turnover of £6.9 billion and operating profits of £544 million. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 14th September 2017 at the gala awards at the The Brewery, London.

Brian Henderson, partner at PwC, commented:

“The UK Private Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity to take stock and celebrate the talent and success right across the private business sector.

“The ambition of entrepreneurs and their teams makes this a crucial part of our economy, particularly in an uncertain economic environment. Passion and innovation isn’t confined to a specific region or industry.

“This year the finalists are from every part of the UK, and from industries as diverse as fashion, construction and financial services.”

UK Private Business Awards 2017 - Shortlisted Nominees:

Technology Innovation of the Year

  • Carrot Risk Technologies Ltd - North West

  • Emblation Ltd - Scotland

  • Lightpoint Medical Ltd – South East

  • Limeforge Ltd - Northern Ireland

  • Phrasee Ltd- South East

  • Touch Surgery - London

Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Cockpit Arts – London

  • Dot Dot Dot Property Ltd - London

  • GLL – London

  • Goodwill Solutions CIC - Midlands

  • Hydro Industries Ltd - West & Wales

  • Provide CIC - South East

High Growth Business of the Year

  • Cennox - South East

  • CV-Library - South East

  • Infinity Works Consulting Ltd - North West

  • Mobica - North West

  • ParentPay Ltd - West & Wales

  • Uform - Northern Ireland

Rising Star of the Year

  • Blaze – London

  • Bought By Many - London

  • Brighter Foods Ltd - West & Wales

  • Creams Café- South East

  • Frog Bikes Ltd - South East

  • Look Fabulous Forever - South East

  • Skinnydip - London

International Business of the Year

  • Cennox - South East

  • Childrensalon Ltd - South East

  • Cosworth Group Holdings Ltd - Midlands

  • Green Man Gaming - London

  • Insights Learning & Development - Scotland

  • Missguided - North West

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Lee Biggins/CV-Library - South East

  • Oliver Bridge/Cornerstone – London

  • Adam Frisby/In The Style Fashion Ltd - North West

  • Ameila Harvey/The Collective - London

  • Ella Mills/Deliciously Ella - London

  • Josh Rathour/UNiDAYS Ltd - Midlands

Private Business Woman of the Year

  • Michele Harriman-Smith/Childrensalon Ltd - South East

  • Lucy Jewson/Cut4Cloth Ltd T/A Frugi - West & Wales

  • Jennie Johnson MBE/Kids Allowed - North West

  • Tamara Littleton/The Social Element - London

  • Jacqueline O’Donovan/O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd – London

  • Carmen Watson/Pertemps Recruitment Partnership Ltd - Midlands

CEO of the Year Award

  • Harmeet Ahuja/Sun Mark Ltd - South East

  • Chris Endsor/Miller Homes - Scotland

  • Jan Flawn CBE/P J Care Ltd – Midlands

  • Jacyn Heavens/Epos Now - South East

  • Jennie Johnson MBE/Kids Allowed - North West

  • Adam Sullivan/Baywater Healthcare UK Ltd - North West

Family Business of the Year

  • Castell Howell Foods Ltd - West & Wales

  • The Entertainer Ltd – South East

  • Firmdale Hotels - London

  • James Johnston & Co of Elgin Ltd - Scotland

  • JW Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd - North West

  • Mash Direct - Northern Ireland

Private Business of the Year

  • Bon Bon Buddies Ltd - West & Wales

  • Churchill Retirement Living - South East

  • Firmdale Hotels - London

  • GreenTech Distribution plc - South East

  • Miller Homes - Scotland

  • True Potential LLP - North East

Wishing all of the shortlist the best of luck on 14 September 2017.

To find out more about the wards visit the UK Private Business Awards website: and join the conversation on Twitter via #UKPBA2017.

If you are interested in attending the UK Private Business Awards on 14 September at The Brewery Chiswell Street, London, please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair: jo.tho[email protected] /01277 350557


Brian Henderson

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