A sense of pure delight and celebration filled the room at the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards as the winners of each of the prestigious 13 categories were announced.
The evening was intertwined with inspirational speeches from Sarah Austin; director of the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards; Paul Gordon, Lloyds Banking Group managing director for SME & MID Corporates; Laura and Jason Kenny, Olympic athletes who between them have 12 Olympic gold medals in cycling; and Channel 4’s Steph McGovern.
Frenchic Paint, a furniture paint company based in Surrey, secured the Lloyds Bank Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award.
The business impressed the panel of judges in terms of being a local company with a global reach, having notable royal recognition, redefining the home improvement industry standards and creating a community where it’s doing wonderful things for so many in the home improvement sector.
The winner of the New Entrepreneur of the Year Award was Phillipa Main, founder of Three Sisters Farm. Based in Essex, the boutique specialises in selling sustainable dried flowers, and country-inspired homewares, with a dash of Scandi minimalism.
Phillipa’s bold and brave approach to identifying a gap in the interiors market, which led to her launching Three Sisters Farm during a global pandemic, was “truly inspirational”. The business is less than 18 months old and is already making a substantial profit, exceeding KPI’s and taking on the interiors market by storm.
Jude’s Ice Cream was the proud winner of the Lloyds Bank Positive Social & Sustainable Impact Award. Jude’s is considered Britain’s first carbon-negative ice cream and desserts business.
The award recognised its meaningful sustainable social impact and how this has been intertwined into the company’s values and its approach to align its sustainability message with its commercial objectives.
Sahan Cares also earned a coveted Business Excellence Award. The family-run social enterprise was founded in 2013 with the mission to enhance the lives of adults and the elderly within West London with exemplary care and support while going further for their families and loved ones.
As well as delivering over 600,000 hours of care since launching, the enterprise also works to help alleviate poverty and improve the socio-economic conditions for local residents in the communities they serve by retraining and employing those who are economically inactive.
Sarah Austin, director of the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, said: “A true accolade to British Business, these businesses are all worthy winners of the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence awards.
“Their positive contribution to the reputation and success of British business has not gone unnoticed and it will be great to see how winning an award of this stature will propel the company into the spotlight, where they can shine and inspire other businesses.”