UK Private Business Awards crown winners for 2017

15 September 2017

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 CEOs and entrepreneurs from every region of the UK.

Churchill Retirement Living was named Private Business of the Year at last night’s Private Business Awards, sponsored by PwC. Winners were announced at The Brewery, London, with Churchill Retirement Living fighting off strong competition from Bon Bon Buddies Ltd, Firmdale Hotels, GreenTech Distribution plc, Miller Homes and True Potential LLP to take the top honour.

Brian Henderson, PwC's lead partner for the UK Private Business Awards, commented:

"This year's winners demonstrate UK private businesses' strength in imagining and delivering ambitious, dynamic products and services in a range of industry sectors. Across the UK, it's inspiring to see private businesses pioneering innovative ways to use new technology and continuing to invest, despite aspects of our future political and economic environment remaining uncertain. Judging the entries is a real privilege for me and the winners fought off some tough competition, I hope they're hugely proud of their achievements."

Private businesses are a fundamental pillar of the UK economy, with some 5.5m in total in 2016 – a number that’s grown by three per cent per year on average since 2000. The Private Business Awards celebrate the best in the private business sector from technology innovation to social enterprise and emerging entrepreneurs.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Technology Innovation of the Year Award: Lightpoint Medical Ltd, South East

Lightpoint Medical aspires to improve health outcomes for cancer patients through image-guided surgery.


  • Social Enterprise of the Year Award: Goodwill Solutions CIC, Midlands

Goodwill Solutions CIC offer a unique specialist logistics solution to retailers and manufacturers, with a social focus.


  • High Growth Business of the Year Award: CV-Library, South East

CV-Library is the UK's fastest-growing job site, with 158,631 live vacancies across all industries.


  • Rising Star Award: Skinnydip, London

Skinnydip is a London based fashion accessory brand offering a range of creative iPhone cases, bags and headphones.


  • International Business of the Year Award:  Missguided, North West

Missguided is a bold, straight talking and forward thinking fashion brand.


  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Josh Rathour/ UNiDAYS Ltd, Midlands

UNiDAYS Ltd is the world's leading Student Affinity Network, connecting brands and services with 142m students in 32 countries.


  • Private Business Woman of the Year Award: Michele Harriman-Smith/Childrensalon Ltd, South East

Childrensalon Ltd is the world's largest online store for designer childrenswear.


  • CEO of the Year Award  Jennie Johnson MBE/Kids Allowed, North West

Kids Allowed childcare centres focus on exactly what children need at every stage of development, from babies to 10 year old school children.


  • Family Business of the Year Award:  James Johnston & Co of Elgin Ltd, Scotland 

James Johnston & Co of Elgin Ltd have been making cashmere and fine woollen cloth and other garments since the mill was established in 1797.


  • Private Business of the Year Award: Churchill Retirement Living, South East

Churchill Retirement Living provides retirement apartments and flats in beautiful UK locations and believe home is at the heart of an enjoyable retirement.




Find out more about the UK Private Business Awards via the website:

Nominations for next year’s award will open in January, please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair: [email protected] /01277 350557




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