Announcing the UK’s Most Inspiring Small Businesses.

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Amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic, small businesses across the UK have demonstrated remarkable resilience and innovation. In a testament to their enduring spirit, the Small Awards 2024 recently crowned eleven inspiring small business winners during a captivating online awards ceremony. 

From fashion designers championing inclusivity to community heroes supporting frontline workers, these businesses embody the creativity and tenacity of Britain’s entrepreneurial landscape.


Kerry Mackay, the founder of ScrubbiesUK, emerged as the winner of the ‘Small Business of the Year’ award. Mackay’s journey from relying on food banks to establishing an eco-friendly cleaning pad business is a testament to her determination and resilience. With an initial investment of negative £1,500, Mackay turned over £50k in her first year, all without external funding. Her commitment to sustainability extends beyond her business, as she collaborates with local prisons to expand manufacturing and provide offenders with valuable skills training.

Simply Noir 

Simply Noir, a new startup supporting UK black-owned businesses, received the ‘New Kid on the Block Award’ for its rapid growth and impact. The platform has attracted 60 sellers in just six months, providing a vital platform for black-owned independent businesses to thrive. Meanwhile, Local e Sourced, an online marketplace for Herefordshire’s independent businesses, was honored with the inaugural ‘Net Hero Award’ for its dedication to environmental sustainability. By storing stock from local suppliers and offering UK-wide delivery, Local e-Sourced reduces packaging and emissions, exemplifying its commitment to eco-conscious practices.

Ma Baker

The ‘Heart of Gold Award’ was bestowed upon Ma Baker, a London micro-bakery, for its exceptional community outreach efforts during lockdown. Owner Liz Wilson went above and beyond, delivering fresh bread to self-isolating individuals and supporting her local food bank. Similarly, disability-conscious fashion designer Kintsugi Clothing received the ‘Digital Star Award’ for filling a crucial gap in the market with its inclusive designs and successful digital marketing strategy.

Windsor Carriages

Heritage family business Windsor Carriages, which has provided horse-drawn tours of Windsor’s Great Park since 1849, was honored with the ‘Legacy Award’ for its longstanding success and contribution to preserving tradition. Additionally, Surrey florist Mad Lilies was recognized as the ‘High Street Hero’ for its unwavering support of the local community in Banstead and its collaboration with other local businesses.

Lucy Kemp Jewellery

Lucy Kemp Jewellery received the ‘Bricks and Clicks Award’ for its innovative multi-channel approach, offering unique designs crafted in Cornwall for both retail and wholesale customers. Meanwhile, Nemi Teas, a London-based social enterprise solely employing refugees, was honored with the ‘Mission Possible Award’ for its commitment to creating positive social impact.

The Small Awards 2024 celebrates the resilience, creativity, and community spirit of Britain’s small businesses. From empowering sustainability to championing diversity and supporting local communities, the winners exemplify the diverse and vibrant entrepreneurial landscape of the UK. As these small businesses continue to thrive and innovate, they inspire us all with their remarkable stories of resilience and success.

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