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FSB Small Business Awards 2023 opens for entries

The Federation of Small Businesses in Wales has launched the annual Celebrating Small Business Awards, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self employed across the UK.

As the largest event of its kind in the small business calendar, the high-profile FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards are free to enter and open to all.

With winners from each category securing a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year, it’s an opportunity for widespread recognition.

Earlier this year in April, the 2022 Awards were presented by journalist and presenter Andrea Byrne at Voco St. David’s Cardiff Hotel. Among the winners was a multigenerational family business from Wrexham, who demonstrated exceptional support for their staff during the Covid crisis including a financial bonus as an acknowledgement of the hard work and support of their employees during that period.

Platts Agriculture ltd won both the Environmental and Sustainability Business of the Year, and Family Business of the Year, at the Wales heats. The firm went on to be named the UK’s Family Business of the Year the FSB celebrating Small Business national Awards in Glasgow.

As is the case each year, entrants will be judged by a panel of leading business experts with a wealth of experience in their industry.

Categories include:

  • Business & Product Innovation Award
  • Community Award
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Larger Small Business of the Year (10-100 employees)
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Self-Employed/Freelancer of the Year
  • Service Excellence Award
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Sustainability Award
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Open to entrepreneurs aged 30 and under at date of entry)

Ben Francis, Chair of the Wales Policy Unit said, “The launch of the awards is always a special time of year.

We receive hundreds of nominations each year, which really showcase the brilliant determination, creativity and innovation that is alive and well in small businesses in Wales.

Small businesses have overcome unprecedented challenges over the last few years, so it is more important than ever before that we celebrate the best of Welsh business and I look forward to congratulating the winners at our event, the details of which will be released in time.”

Want to nominate an inspiring small firm or self-employed sole trader? You can do so, here.