Previous Winners & Judges Feedback

All winners can request feedback from the judges about why they won for use in press releases, marketing material, brochures, advertisements, on their website etc. This service is included in the entry fee so there is no additional cost. Here are a selection of comments for past winners:

Chíc Creations Heaven (CCH Property Services) Ltd

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Chíc Creations Heaven Property Services, the winner in the Outstanding Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“The owner of Chic Creations Heaven Property Services Daniel Matthew Foster has transformed his life and the life of others by buying a few rusty old tools on Facebook and starting a gardening and handyman service. By training homeless people in building skills, the company soon expanded to offer an extended range of building services. Chic Creations has proven that it has a great business model and, post-Covid, there is no doubt that it will achieve its ambitious plans for franchising and converting derelict buildings into hostels.”

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SAS Consultancy Service

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on SAS Consultancy Service, the winner in the Best Small to Medium Sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Despite the lockdown from March 2020, SAS Consultancy Service, a provider of social media management, has continued to thrive and grow its business. Only three years old, the company saw turnover increased by almost half over the previous year and has a waiting list of new clients ready to onboard. By being flexible, adaptable, supporting its clients and advancing the development of new products, SAS Consultancy Service has risen to the challenge and flourished in one of the most difficult times in recent history.”

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Vika Books

Best Innovation

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to Vika Books for making a major breakthrough in helping frustrated parents communicate with their pre-speech babies using sign language. Realising that teaching material on British Sign Language (BSL) was limited, Vika’s founder Victoria Forrest developed a book with a smartphone app called Where is the bird?, which enables parents and their child to share and identify images. The BSL system can be used by parents with hearing children and it helps babies who are deaf learn BSL earlier. The judges predict Where is the bird? is set to become a best seller in the parenting market.”

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Vika Books

Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Graphic designer Victoria Forrest has built up her business Vika Books on innovative thinking and developing cutting-edge techniques that have blurred the lines between traditional print, fine-art publishing and multi-media technology. Her extensive knowledge of design and production, and attention to detail has resulted in exciting new concepts and award-winning designs. Her latest invention Where is the bird? is a major breakthrough in helping parents communicate with pre-speech babies. Victoria is a creative powerhouse who has merged traditional print with multi-media and created endless possibilities.”

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Vika Books

Best New Product / Service (less than 2 years old)

Commenting on Vika Books, the winner in the Best New Product/Service (less than 2 years old) category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Vika Books has invented an ingenious technology to help deaf and hearing babies playfully communicate with adults using British Sign Language (BSL). With teaching material on BSL sparse, Vika Books developed an augmented-reality tool called Where is the bird?, consisting of a book with illustrations and a smartphone app. The system helps deaf babies learn BSL earlier and pre-speech babies communicate. Congratulations to Vika Books for inventing a new product that helps little ones take their first steps in the development of communication and a stronger bond with their parents.”

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Samuel Leeds

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Samuel Leeds, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Starting out in business aged 17, Samuel Leeds borrowed money from relations for his first property and soon built up a property empire worth millions and started sharing his experience with others through his training company Property Investors. As a committed Christian, he makes an amazing contribution to charities in the UK and overseas through the Samuel Leeds Foundation. He also set up a business network of Christian entrepreneurs. One of the youngest high-flying entrepreneurs in the UK, Samuel is blessed with a powerful and incredible talent for combining business and philanthropy that is transforming lives all over the world.”

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VHR

Best Innovation

Commenting on VHR, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Global technical recruitment consultancy VHR has developed an ethical way of dealing with geographical staff shortages in the aerospace, automotive, engineering and marine industries. In countries where there is a lack of skilled staff, working alongside clients, VHR trains local people and gets them into employment thereby helping to alleviate poverty in poorer countries. Hundreds of people have undergone training and changed their lives. By taking a fresh approach, London-based VHR has seen fantastic growth in turnover. It now operates in 52 countries, has won a host of awards and has an excellent client retention rate.”

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iMINDS

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on iMINDS, the winner in the Best Small to Medium Size Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“IT staffing company and service provider iMINDS is an exceptionally inventive company that has gained ground into the overcrowded IT market in the US with a new proposition and won itself a substantial client base. Realising that IT staff are often costly and may not have the most up-to-date skills, the owners, who are Indian natives, opened up a centre in India to train local people with existing IT knowledge in the skills required by the US market. Congratulations to iMINDS for making headway in a highly competitive market and achieving solid growth.”

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iMINDS

Best New Business

Commenting on iMINDS, the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“iMINDS has become the fastest-growing IT staffing company and service provider in the United States by training potential recruits at its own IT educational centre in India, where the owners originate from. By recruiting people with IT skills and training them at its centre to provide high-quality functional and technical expertise across all product suits, iMINDS is able to offer its clients fully-trained IT professionals at a reasonable cost. Congratulations to iMINDS for taking on the IT staffing market and gaining a stronghold in only a few years.”

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Democracy Counts

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Democracy Counts, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Founder of electoral software company Democracy Counts Simon Verdon is one of the UK’s most dynamic entrepreneurs who has modernise the voting process. You could say Simon has transformed British democracy through the introduction of his cutting-edge electoral software such as online anti-fraud checks for postal votes and his Elector Centre. Traditionally, the electoral process was outdated and poorly managed and, despite initial resistance from councils, Simon persevered and can claim that his ground-breaking, world-class software has transformed the electoral process and improved citizen engagement and participation.”

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Turk Ekonomi Bank AS

Best Innovation

Commenting on Turk Ekonomi Bankasi the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Turk Ekonomi Bankasi new mobile business banking platform, known as SME Digital, gives business owners instant access to their financial information at their fingertips putting them in full control of their business and enabling them to better manage the relationship with clients. SME Digital provides a comprehensive range of services and tools that delivers real-time information on everything from daily transactions to client accounts. Congratulations to Turk Ekonomi Bankasi for developing an incredibly useful digital platform that positions it as the go-to bank for SMEs.”

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VHR

Best Employer

Commenting on VHR, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Global technical recruitment consultancy VHR impressed the judges with its ethical recruitment processes that fully supports candidates and employees. VHR operates in 52 different countries and it hires and trains local people in poorer countries helping them to change their lives. VHR also has onsite offices in some locations where staff are permanently seconded to clients to protect candidates from modern slavery or mistreatment, which is truly outstanding. VHR knows only too well that happy, engaged and motivated staff deliver the best customer services and its stunning results prove the theory.”

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iMINDS

Outstanding Female Entrepreneur

Commenting on Ms Lakshmi Nallamothu of iMINDS, the winner in the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Founder and CEO of IT staffing company iMINDS, Ms Lakshmi Nallamothu has nurtured her company from kitchen table into becoming the fastest-growing IT staffing company in the US with operations in the US and India. Lakshmi had always wanted to run her own business and when she realised that the market needed highly trained IT staff at a reasonable cost, she jumped at the chance. Highly motivated and determined, Lakshmi can now boast a multi-million-dollar business in only a few years.”

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Democracy Counts

Best Innovation

Commenting on Democracy Counts, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Democracy Counts has brought the electoral process into the 21st century by introducing innovative electoral management software to local authorities and central government; and referendum and ballot services to private and community organisations. By identifying a gap in the market and developing a suite of innovative products, Democracy Counts has modernised an area that amazingly had been untouched by new technology. Democracy Counts has taken the market by storm and won itself a large number of long-standing major public sector clients and improved public engagement and participation in the democratic process.”

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Seven Capital

Best Customer Focus

Commenting on Seven Capital, the winner in the Best Customer Focus category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Property investment company Seven Capital has built its success on providing an exclusive, top-class turnkey service to its customers. Its 360-degree service covers everything from reserving a property to aftersales care and has helped it attract thousands of customers, receive excellent feedback from them and a repurchasing rate of a staggering 32%. The customer comes first every time with Seven Capital and each client has their own service coordinator to guide them through the investment property process. Well done to Seven Capital for setting the highest of standards in its industry.”

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UKWSL

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on UKWSL, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Congratulations to UKWSL for making a tremendous contribution to improving waste management particularly in the area of landfill diversion. It has saved 99% of its clients’ trash from landfill sites, which has helped them reach their target of zero waste going to landfill sites. This is a fantastic achievement that has resulted in UKWSL being identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 companies to Inspire Britain and one of the fastest-growing SMEs. With waste management a major issue, it’s great to see positive action being taken.”

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Proactive Wellbeing Clinic

Best Small to Medium-sized Business

Commenting on Proactive Wellbeing Clinic, the winner in the Best Small to Medium-sized Business category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Launched in 2001, private clinic Proactive Wellbeing Clinic has seen exceptional growth and now offers a wide range of cutting-edge treatments including podiatry, osteopathy, acupuncture, sports massage and wellbeing therapies. It is firmly established with a client database of thousands, an impeccable reputation and an impressive list of awards to its name. Congratulations to Proactive Wellbeing Clinic for working to a robust business plan, achieving healthy outcomes and helping people in the Rochester area of Kent have more fulfilling and pain-free lives.”

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Nicoletta Bernardi, Lilly e Violetta

Outstanding Entrepreneur

Commenting on Nicoletta Bernardi, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said:

“Nicoletta Bernardi is a passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist whose love of fashion has created a thriving luxury brand called Lilly e Violetta that is worn by high-profile women from all around the world. Her brilliant business acumen also funds her philanthropist activities. The list of charities she is involved with at board level is endless and Nicoletta is also a champion for women in the workplace. Originally from Italy and now living in London, Nicoletta is a huge talent and a real asset for the UK.”

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Geeks Ltd

Best Innovation

Commenting on WordUp from Geeks Ltd, the winner in the Best Innovation category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Geeks’ revolutionary WordUp application offers a fun way for people to improve their English vocabulary. Suitable for English speakers and those learning the language, the app offers a free service and a premium paid for service that highlights vocabulary knowledge gaps and helps people to expand their word power. Another benefit is that the app is advertisement free removing distractions. Based on user feedback, Geeks is constantly evolving WordUp and it is on track to become the go-to tool for building vocabulary.”

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SUPERLATIVE RECRUITMENT

Best Employer

Commenting on Superlative Recruitment, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Superlative Recruitment is a new-economy business that is ahead of its time. Its workforce consists of 10 freelancers and entrepreneurs who all work remotely across the UK. Growing a successful business with remote workers is not easy but Superlative Recruitment has achieved unity and excellent results by engaging with staff on a daily basis to keep them informed, rewarding achievements and identifying training needs for individuals. Superlative Recruitment has shown that working remotely is the way forward and that giving people a better work/life balance, improves productivity.”

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Avasam

Best New Business

Commenting on Avasam, the winner in the Best New Business category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Avasam have created a ground-breaking dropshipping e-commerce platform that connects multiple suppliers and sellers all around the world and automates processes and payments making it easier to do business. eBusiness Guru developed the Avasam platform by investigating all the pain-points of dropshipping and inventing a system that makes it easier for suppliers to find new business opportunities and sellers to scale up their business quickly. The Avasam platform is creating a revolution in trading that is opening up a myriad of new opportunities.”

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Sté Tumba Capital

Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur

Commenting on Stephanie Tumba founder of Sté Tumba Capital, the winner in the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“Starting her career in door-to-door sales, Stephanie Tumba has come up the hard way and always rises to the top. Her latest venture as a business angel makes use of all the hands-on skills and knowledge she has learnt in her various demanding roles. She always manages to back winners and many of the start ups she supports are now well-known brands. She also generously gives 10% of revenue to charities. Stephanie is an imposing business talent who has proved she can turn her hand to anything.”

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Vet Dynamics

Outstanding Female Entrepreneur

Commenting on Vicky Robinson, founder of Vet Dynamics, the winner in the Outstanding Female Entrepreneur category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“When the going gets tough, Vicky Robinson rises to the challenge. She is one of the few people who have moved from being a practice manager in a vet’s practice to becoming an owner. She then realised that vets, although clinically knowledgeable, often lack business experience, so formed Vet Dynamics with Alan Robinson, to fill the gap. Congratulations to Vicky for making Vet Dynamics the leading UK broker in the selling of practices to corporations and for turning it into a global enterprise.”

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Geeks Ltd

Best Employer

Commenting on Geeks Ltd, the winner in the Best Employer category, the chairman of the judges said: :

“As an innovator in software development, Geeks places staff and developing talent at the heart of the organisation so it can remain inventive and competitive. Staff are rewarded for their achievements and given every opportunity to learn more, progress their career and gain new qualifications. Great emphasis is placed on communication across the organisation, encouraging staff to share their experience and knowledge with each other, and getting employees involved in business planning. Congratulations to Geeks for valuing staff, putting them first and taking great care of them.”

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