Inclusion Housing

Inspiring entrepreneurs and companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist

  • 9 October, 2017

Inclusion has entered this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards 2017, hosted by Real Business and supported by the CBI.

Inclusion has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m); the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London in November.

The 2017 edition of the Amazon Growing Business Awards will see the likes of CV-Library, web expenses, Flight Club Darts and Revolut vie for accolades, with the awards shortlist featuring an abundance of talent.

Stand-up comedian Iain Stirling will host this year’s awards

Now in their 19th year, the leading awards programme for British entrepreneurs and SMEs has assembled an awards shortlist showcasing the very best of UK enterprise talent.

Coming to a culmination on 29 November at The Brewery in East London, a stellar pool of judges, including the Graze co-founder Anthony Fletcher and Trunki founder Rob Law, will ultimately decide who walks off with the 17 awards up for grabs.

Hunter Ruthven, editor of Real Business, said: “Every year we wonder where the next batch of entrepreneurial and business growth talent will come from, and each year we’re left blown away.

“From disruptive financial technology platforms to new ways for Brits to spend an evening socialising, the great thing about the Amazon Growing Business Awards is it unearths inspiring enterprises changing the way every facet of our everyday life is tackled.”

“The depth and breadth of this year’s shortlist proves why the UK is a great place to set up and run a business,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon

Previous well-known winners at the Amazon Growing Business Awardsinclude Tangle Teezer, Zoopla, Fever-Tree and Ella’s Kitchen – all brands that have become household names and synonymous with British business growth potential.

Luke Johstone, the founder PACK’D and winner of the awards’ 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, said: “We worked incredibly hard to grow PACK’D from a Prince’s Trust market stall to market leader and the Amazon Growing Business Awards gave us a huge boost in confidence.

“It showed us that we were beginning to make the sort of progress that we had dreamed of, that our dedication was being recognised and that perseverance pays off. At a key time in our business, this was the fuel we needed to help drive us forwards.”

One disruptive business that made the shortlist this year is Wine Picker, a “social wine” app that allows users to access food and wine matching services. CEO Josselin Guibert described being nominated for Innovator of the Year in this year’s awards shortlist as an “amazing feeling”.

“It’s great to see that British passion for food, knowledge and businesses that can enhance consumer lifestyle is celebrated,” she added. “These awards help great ideas spread and Wine Picker is thrilled to be part of it.”

Meanwhile, Doug Gurr, UK country manager for headline sponsor Amazon, believes the depth and breadth of this year’s awards shortlist proves why the UK is a great place to set up and run a business.

“With a record number of applicants, there was a high level of competition in every category. I’d like to congratulate all of the businesses shortlisted and wish them all the best of luck on the awards night,” he said.

Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m)

  • Falcon Green, London
  • Inclusion Housing, York
  • LA Micro Group UK, York
  • Lights4fun, Harrogate
  • Little Dish, London
  • Reassured, Basingstoke
  • Telensa, Cambridge
  • The Travel Chapter, Bideford