The most promising new businesses in the South West of England, including businesses from Bath, were recognised at a new awards ceremony last week.
The StartUp Awards National Series debuted this year to highlight the dynamic startup scene across the country that skyrocketed during the pandemic, and has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions, supported nationally by BT, EY Breakthrough Incentives, Clearco, Dell Technologies & Intel, Moblox, Fearless Adventures and with regional support from the Moja Group.
The final was held at the Propyard in Bristol on 28th June and saw twenty different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as ‘Digital StartUp of the Year,’ ‘Green StartUp of the Year’ and ‘Online StartUp of the Year.’
The awards were judged by a panel of prominent judges, including successful entrepreneurs and their supporters such as Jon Simon, co-founder & CEO of PieMinister, Ellie Webb, Founder & CEO Caleño, and Tom Ball, Founder of DeskLodge.
Bath winners were business management consultant Flourish CSR which won the ‘Business to Business Services Start Up of the Year’ award, and biodegradable microbeads manufacturer Naturbeads which won the ‘Manufacturing and Engineering StartUp of the Year’ category.
(Left to right) Tara Luckman and Louise McCabe of Flourish CSR
Louise McCabe, Co-Founder of Flourish CSR said, “Starting this business just before a global pandemic could have gone badly wrong – but I’m glad to say we have flourished. We help clients large and small across the UK and Europe with their ambitions to make a step change in sustainability and social impact. Bath is a creative and supportive place for entrepeneurs, and we’re thrilled that Flourish CSR has been recognised as a winner.’
Originally formed as the Wales StartUp Awards in 2016, the Awards Series has joined forces with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to take the celebration of newly formed businesses nationwide.
Creator of the awards, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, commented, “We have had an amazing reception across the UK over the last few weeks. The first year of the StartUp Awards National Series has demonstrated that we have incredible entrepreneurs in every sector and part of the nation that are making a real difference and are amazing role models for others to follow in their footsteps.”
He added, “The South West is quickly gaining a reputation for being an excellent place to start and grow a business, especially in knowledge-based industries, and, as all the finalists have shown this year, entrepreneurs are having a major impact across the region in developing new ideas, products and services.”
The overall South West StartUp of the Year prize went to sustainable seaweed farming company Biome Algae which is based in Cornwall and Devon.
For a full list of the winners click here.
Pictured: (Top of Page) South West startups celebrate their wins at the awards ceremony last week