HP announced the winners of the HP Smart Business Awards 2013 this week, and SYB were invited to join the fun! Now in its second year, the HP Smart Business Awards continue to promote the best achievements of the UK’s small and medium sized enterprises, celebrate their contribution to the UK economy and highlight HP’s commitment to partnering with the SME community in the UK. We’ve listed this year’s winners…
This year’s top award – the HP Smart Business of the Year – went to Versarien, a UK-based start-up which employs innovative technology and patented manufacturing processes to develop advanced engineering solutions that are capable of having a game-changing impact on a broad variety of industry sectors. Based in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, the company boasts a rapidly growing workforce and has secured contracts with several blue chip multinationals.
This year’s Business Growth award went to Worcester based, Postcode Anywhere, which has become one of the leading providers of cloud-based address management services, processing over four million transactions daily for some of the largest organisations around the world and accounting for roughly 50% of all addresses captured through UK ecommerce websites.
Gandys, a unique flip flop brand started by two passionate young brothers, Rob and Paul Forkan, scooped the Social Media award. Impressive use of social media channels helped the brand, which gives 10% of all profits to their ‘Orphans for Orphans’ initiative, sell 70,000 flip flops in one year.
Last year’s winner was ex-lawyer Patrick Drake who has gone on to co-found a gourmet grocery and recipe delivery service, Hello Fresh with Pit Karbe, another city dweller. Patrick was more than happy to oblige in a Q&A session at the event, having won previously and now armed with the success of his new venture. Hello Fresh aims to make good quality, home-cooked food convenient to all by preparing and delivering fresh ingredients with accompanying photo-illustrated recipes. Launched only a year ago, Hello Fresh has enjoyed steady success, and has proved popular in various markets.
The Innovation award went to Eyetease Media, a mobile digital advertising specialist, developing high impact digital advertising for outdoor media. Working out of London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’, the company has developed Europe’s first digital taxitop proposition (‘iTaxitop’) and the world’s first ads-for-access high speed in-cab wifi system for taxis (‘CabWifi’).
My Time, a Community Interest Company, delivering evidenced based, culturally sensitive and professional counselling and support services, picked up the Community award.
Based in the West Midlands, My Time CIC, began as a community-based therapeutic educational provider, specialising in confidence building programmes. It was developed through research on the effects of informal education on levels of self-esteem amongst people experiencing depression and anxiety.
This year’s Next Generation prize, celebrating business owners aged 25 or under, was awarded to Industry Education in Music (IEM). Set up by Sam Robson in November 2012, IEM specialise in working hand-in-hand with the music industry to deliver curriculum relevant modern music education to secondary schools across the UK.
The Skills Creation award went to London Jewellery School. Set up in 2009 by jewellery designer Jessica Rose, London Jewellery School is now Europe’s largest jewellery training centre, teaching thousands of people every year how to make jewellery from three fully-equipped jewellery workshops.
“On behalf of HP, I would like to congratulate our winners and shortlisted companies. We’ve been overwhelmed by the volume of entries this year and the shortlist is a testament to the incredible energy and dynamism within the UK’s SME community,” said Susan Bowen, Chief of Staff UK & Ireland at Hewlett Packard. “We look forward to seeing these businesses continue to grow and flourish.”
Lord Younger, Intellectual Property Minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “These awards recognise the innovation and creativity that exists in our UK SMEs and I congratulate the winners.
“SMEs are at the centre of our efforts to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. This is why in the autumn we will launch a public campaign to celebrate British business success stories. The Government wants to inspire other small businesses and point them towards the support that can help them grow. We will also launch a new strategy for how the whole of Government will back them. This will set out a range of measures to continue helping budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses succeed.”
The winners were presented with their awards at a glittering ceremony held at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Category winners received an HP product of their choice to match their business needs (including the HP ElitePad 900 or theHP OfficeJet Pro X) and further prizes contributed by category sponsors such as a business mentoring session with a senior director of Addison Lee or a Responsible Business Check Up from Business in the Community. The winner of the HP Smart Business of the Year 2013 will receive a suite of HP products, including free HP Cloud Services and a dedicated business mentor from HP’s senior management team for a year.
The full shortlist for each category was as follows:
- HP Smart Business of the Year: Versarien (winner).
- Business Growth: Postcode Anywhere (winner), Luxury For Less (highly commended), 4D Datacentres (highly commended), Turtle Tots.
- Community: My Time CIC (winner), Altogether Travel (highly commended), A-Star Sports.
- Innovation: Eyetease Media (winner), OblinArk, Laundry Republic.
- Next Generation: IEM Music (winner), Just Pose! (highly commended), Living the Dream, Make it Social.
- Skills Creation: London Jewellery School (winner), Networking Mummies (highly commended), Jarrang.
- Social Media: Gandys (winner), Art is the Cure (highly commended), Ingenious Britain, Night Zookeeper.
To find out more about the HP Smart Business Awards 2013, you can visit: www.hpsmartbusinessawards.com.