UK Private Business Awards 2016 - The Winners

16 September 2016

The UK Private Business Awards held on 15 September 2016, recognise achievements and the important contribution that entrepreneurs and private businesses make to their community and the UK economy.

The finalists were selected from over a thousand entries from private businesses across the UK and reflect the increasing diversity in the private business landscape. The winners demonstrate how the UK’s private business sector is innovating and growing across a wide range of industries.

Brian Henderson said: 

“This has been another fantastic year for the Awards with a number of exceptional companies participating across the private business space. I am thrilled to see the number of companies which have entered for the first time and our winners are a diverse and innovative group showing that this is the most vibrant part of our economy. Congratulations to all of the teams involved.”


The winners of the UK Private Business Awards 2016 


Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank

Kano Computing Ltd: Kano Computing is a London based technology company which creates computer and coding kits for all ages, all over the world. Its mission is to empower a new creative generation to make and play with technology, not just consume it.


Social Enterprise of the Year Award

Sponsored by Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd

Shared Interest Society Ltd: Provides financial services and business support to make livelihoods and living standards better for people as they trade their way out of poverty. With a community of investors and the support of donors and volunteers, they seek to contribute to a world where justice is at the heart of trade finance.


High Growth Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by BGF

Anesco Ltd: Anesco is the UK’s leading energy efficiency solutions company, recognised by Sunday Times Fast Track as one of the country’s fastest growing private companies. Their specialist team works with clients ranging from major corporations to small businesses and individuals, helping to drive carbon reduction and transform energy use. To date, they have helped to raise over 275,000 people out of fuel poverty and the technologies deployed are now generating over 500MW of renewable energy.


Rising Star of the Year Award

Sponsored by Design Portfolio

RateSetter (Retail Money Market Ltd): RateSetter is a marketplace lending platform. It links lenders directly with borrowers, allowing investors to get a good return while delivering a fairer deal for borrowers.


International Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by PWS Group

Acorn Stairlifts: Acorn has been designing, making and installing stairlifts for more than 20 years and is now the largest company in the world specialising solely in making stairlifts. An Acorn stairlift is installed somewhere in the world every 8 minutes (24 hours x 365 days). Acorn exports to more than 80 different countries and is the market leader for stairlifts in the USA.


Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sponsored by The Clubhouse

Shamil & Kavi Thakrar/Dishoom Ltd: Since opening its first restaurant in 2010, Dishoom has redefined Indian food for Londoners. Dishoom pays affectionate homage to Bombay´s disappearing Irani cafés. Shamil and Kavi place the guest experience at the heart of the business: amazing food, amazing drink, and amazing service, delivered by a happy team.


Private Business Woman of the Year Award

Sponsored Rothschild & Co

Annabel Karmel MBE/Karmel Foods Ltd: Annabel is the UK's No.1 children´s cookery author, best-selling international author, and a leading feeding expert. Credited for starting a food revolution with her state-of-the-art recipe books she has pioneered the way families all over the world feed their babies and children.


CEO of the Year Award

Sponsored by The Supper Club

Surinder Arora/Arora Holdings Ltd: Arora Holdings is one of the fastest growing independent hotel, property and development companies in the UK. Surinder has built the Arora Group into a collection of 8 landmark hotels with almost 3,200 bedrooms and over 120 meeting venues. The Arora Group has strong, detail-orientated management with a clear vision and set of values, originating from Surinder´s entrepreneurial, loyal and cultivating leadership. Surinder established the company values upon two guiding principles: to treat customers as royalty and team members as family.


Family Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by Rigby Group plc

Harrison Spinks Beds Ltd: Harrison Spinks Beds manufactures mattresses that are assembled by hand with all the components spun, woven, coiled or fabricated on the same site. The family farm is used to supply much of the wool and flax used in the manufacturing process.


Private Business of the Year Award

Sponsored by PwC

Portakabin (Shepherd Building Group Ltd): Portakabin is the market leader of pre-fabricated and modular buildings in the UK, with significant European operations. Continuing to innovate, Portakabin are leading the way in changing the perceptions of what modular buildings can be.


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Brian Henderson | Fast Growth Companies Leader
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