UK Private Business Awards 2016 – shortlist announced

Published at 16:56 PM on 29 June 2016

PwC is delighted to announce the shortlist for the sixth annual UK Private Business Awards, often referred to as the Diamonds. The finalists have been selected from over a thousand entries from private businesses across the UK and reflect the increasing diversity in the private business landscape.

The Awards recognise achievements and the important contribution that entrepreneurs and private businesses make to their community and the UK economy. The dynamic businesses demonstrate how the UK’s private business sector is innovating and growing across a diverse range of industries.

Brian Henderson, partner and UK Private Business Awards’ leader at PwC, commented: 

“This has been another fantastic year for the Awards with a number of exceptional companies participating across the Private Business space. The shortlist showcases the very best of the companies who have entered across the UK and again recognises and celebrates entrepreneurs, their businesses and their teams.

“Our independent judging panel had an unenviable task during the voting process and all commented on the quality of the submissions and the passion, drive and stories behind the businesses which have made it to this stage.”

UK Private Business Awards 2016 - shortlisted nominees:

Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Cennox plc


Clyde Space Ltd


Kano Computing Ltd


Keystone Group Ltd (The)


TrialReach Ltd


Tumour Trace Ltd


Social Enterprise of the Year Award


Sponsored by Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd


Dot Dot Dot Property Ltd


Goodwill Solutions CIC


Instant Neighbour Aberdeen


Shared Interest Society Ltd


Sports for Schools (Sportivater Ltd)


John Taylor Hospice CIC


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


Vegware Ltd


International Business of the Year Award


Acorn Stairlifts Ltd


Alba Power Ltd


Audio Network Ltd


CDE Global Ltd


Green Man Gaming Ltd


Turner & Townsend Ltd


World First 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)




Private Business Woman of the Year Award


Sponsored by PwC


Emma Ayres/Bennie Group Ltd (The)

Michele Harriman-Smith/Childrensalon Ltd

Adele Ashley/Filmore and Union Ltd

Annabel Karmel/Karmel Foods Ltd

Jan Flawn/PJ Care Ltd

Cecile Reinaud/Seraphine Ltd




CEO of the Year Award


Sponsored by The Supper Club


Surinder Arora/Arora Holdings Ltd

Jacqui Hall/CNG Ltd

Dr Nik Kotecha/Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Titus Sharpe/MVF UK

Kuljinder Bahia/Southall Travel Ltd

Simon Biltcliffe/Webmart Ltd



Family Business of the Year Award


LJ Fairburn and Son Ltd


Freshways (Nijjar Group Holdings (Acton) Ltd)


Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd


Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd


O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd


Frank Roberts & Sons Ltd


Private Business of the Year Award


Acorn Stairlifts Ltd


Anesco Ltd


Argus Media Ltd


Portakabin (Shepherd Building Group Ltd)


Rigby Group plc


Skyscanner Ltd



The winners of the UK Private Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 15 September 2016 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1. 

To find out more about the awards visit


Notes for editors.

You can also follow @UKPBA_Awards and #UKPBA16 on Twitter to hear the latest news about the awards.           

The UK Private Business Awards has two gold sponsors this year, Business Growth Fund and The Supper Club

About the UK Private Business Awards

The UK Private Business Awards sponsored by PwC celebrate 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 CEO’s and entrepreneurs from every region of the UK.

About Ford Sinclair

Ford Sinclair are the organisers of the UK Private Business Awards, and the event is a joint venture between PwC and Ford Sinclair.

Ford Sinclair is a family-run event management company, with over 30 years of expertise in delivering high profile live events.

For further information on the UK Private Business Awards and how to attend, please contact Jo Thomas- [email protected] or call 01277 350557.


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