The very best of British Private Businesses

05 July 2016

In association with BGF, the UK's leading provider of growth capital and The Supper Club, we recently announced the shortlist for the sixth annual UK Private Business Awards. The finalists were selected from the hundreds of entries received from private businesses across the UK.

These Awards recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses in the UK.  The Awards dinner in September sees attendance of over 450 entrepreneurs, CEOs, FDs, COOs and management teams from a diverse range of industries, along with their corporate advisers.

To be considered for these awards the business must be headquartered in the UK and have some UK based operations. Its shares must not be publicly traded but it could have received Venture Capital or Private Equity funding. The awards cover the period between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015.

In particular, Fast Growth companies are frequently recognised in the Rising Star, Technology High growth and Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year categories. The shortlist was judged on a variety of things from innovation, vision, commercial viability, growth and brand recognition.

The competition as always was extremely competitive. Congratulations to the following who made the shortlist: 

High Growth Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by BGF

  • AlphaSights Ltd
  • Anesco Ltd
  • Edinburgh Woollen Mill (Group) Ltd
  • Lioncourt Homes Ltd
  • Mobica Ltd
  • Tuskerdirect Ltd

Rising Star of the Year Award - Sponsored by Design Portfolio

  • Eyespace Eyewear Ltd
  • Farfetch UK Ltd
  • Filmore and Union Ltd
  • RateSetter (Retail Money Market Ltd)
  • Secret Escapes Ltd
  • Split The Bills Ltd
  • Vegware Ltd

Technology Innovation of the Year Award

  • Cennox plc
  • Clyde Space Ltd
  • Kano Computing Ltd
  • Keystone Group Ltd (The)
  • TrialReach Ltd
  • Tumour Trace Ltd

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Shamil & Kavi Thakrar/Dishoom Ltd
  • Jamie Hendry/Jamie Hendry Productions Ltd
  • Ryan Kohn/Propercorn (Catapult Enterprises Ltd)
  • Josh Valman/RPD International (Rapid Product Development Ltd)
  • Gary McIldowney/Slim’s Healthy Kitchen Ltd
  • Amelia Harvey/The Collective UK (Epicurean Dairy (UK) Ltd)

With the recent EU Referendum result, this shortlist highlights the quality and vitality of the very best of British fast growth businesses. They are at the forefront of the UK economy.

The winners of the Private Business Awards 2016 will be announced at a dinner to be held at The Brewery, London, EC1 on Thursday 15 September 2016.

To see the full short list, visit:



Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson | Fast Growth Companies leader
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