UK Private Business Awards 2015 - The Winners

01 October 2015

PBA2The UK Private Business Awards held on 30 September 2015 and sponsored by PwC in association with HSBC Private Bank and The Supper Club, celebrated the best in the private sector and highlighted 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.

Business secretary Sajid Javid MP, guest speaker at this year’s ceremony said:  

“Private businesses are a vital part of British society. They drive growth, create wealth and provide opportunity to millions of people. 

“I want you to succeed and, by cutting corporation tax, removing burdensome red tape and helping smaller firms grow and create jobs, the government is getting behind you. It is great to celebrate these awards and see the best that UK private business has on offer.”  

Pba 3Charlie Hoffman, Managing Director, HSBC Private Bank and Chair of the Judging Panel, said: 

“Congratulations to Usborne Publishing on winning the flagship UK Private Business Award, a testament to 40 years of success under the leadership of Peter Usborne.

“Private business across the UK continues to drive growth in our economy with over three million family businesses providing total revenues of £1.1 trillion. Take the Tangle Teezer hair brush, invented in 2007 and winner of the International Business of the Year Award. One brush is now sold every three seconds and 80% are exported. 

“As one of the world’s largest international private banks, HSBC is proud to work with many private businesses, supporting them from both a corporate and personal perspective as they build and grow their businesses further.”  

Brian Henderson, PwC partner and leader of PwC technology and high-growth business, said:

“The quality of the businesses and the stories behind them get better each year and, hailing originally from Newcastle, it’s gratifying for me to see private businesses from the North East. We want to hear from the best of UK businesses for next year’s awards.”

Jane Gomez, Director, The Supper Club, said: 

“The UK is a great place to start a business, but few ever achieve real scale. Only 4% of all UK businesses employing more than 10 staff and just 0.2% growing beyond 250 staff. 

“The UK Private Business Awards celebrate the leaders of businesses in the UK that are breaking through this growth barrier; innovating, creating jobs and driving the UK economy.” 

This years winners were...  

Technology Innovation of the Year: Vision RT Ltd – London. Their system ensures the patient remains in the correct position during radio therapy treatment.

Social Enterprise of the Year: Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd – Scotland. They hire and develop local people and skilled workers with disabilities at their 170-year-old mattress and bedroom furniture business in Aberdeen.

High Growth Business of the Year: BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd – Scotland. Revenues have doubled since 2011 at this small, high growth whisky distiller established in 2004.

Rising Star of the Year: Emoderation Ltd – London. A global social media management agency that delivers multi-lingual community management and moderation, social listening, data, insight and social media consulting.

International Business of the Year: Tangle Teezer – London. A mould-breaking hair brush designed to detangle wet or dry hair. Now sold in over 70 countries. 

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: Alice Blackie, Pink Boutique – North East. An entrepreneurial online fashion retailer to women aged 18-35. Small beginnings have quickly led to a 30,000ft warehouse space with 50 staff, shipping 2000 dresses a day.

Private Business Woman of the Year: Cheryl Williams – Yorkshire Wildlife Park – North East. Leading a major wildlife conservation area and award-winning visitor attraction that engages with local schools and communities. Heroic helper of polar bears and other animals.

CEO of the Year: Phil Doye, Kelway Ltd – London. A competitive and focussed leader of a provider of IT services and solutions to SMEs and the public sector. 

Family Business of the Year: Kolak Snack Foods Ltd – South East. 30 years of unbroken growth with 28,000 packets of crisps and snacks sold a week.

Private Business of the Year: Usborne Publishing - London. This has become the UK’s largest independent publisher of children’s books with over 2,600 books in print.

Congratulations to all those who entered, were shortlisted and to the winners.

Next years nomination period will be announced in due course, look out for details 


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