Midlands companies shortlisted in UK Private Business Awards 2018

Four of the most successful and innovative private businesses in the Midlands have been shortlisted for the eighth annual UK Private Business Awards.

Sponsored by PwC, the Private Business Awards recognise the achievements of entrepreneurs and the impact of family-owned and owner-managed businesses including the third sector on the job-creation and prosperity of the UK and its regions.

Nationally, the 62 companies shortlisted employ more than 12,000 people, have a combined turnover of £2.0 billion and operating profits of £487 million. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 13th September 2018 at the gala awards at the The Brewery, London.

The Awards recognise the important contribution that entrepreneurs and and private businesses make to their community and the UK economy. The businesses on the shortlist demonstrate how the UK’s private business sector is innovating and growing across a diverse range of industries.

The Midlands businesses that have been shortlisted in the UK Private Business Awards 2018 are:


Social Enterprise of the year: Miss Macaroon


Family business of the Year: LJ Fairburn

International Business of the Year: My UNidAYS

Technology business of the Year: Wattbike Ltd

Neil Philpott, private business leader for PwC in the Midlands, said:

“Seeing the strength of Midlands private businesses in the shortlist of the UK Private Business Awards is testament to the passion and innovation of Midlands businesses.

 “It’s brilliant to see such a diverse shortlist of companies, representing a range of industries.

“As a crucial part of our economy, it’s important we continue to recognise and support private businesses and their valuable contribution to our society.

“Embracing technology and diversification, great stories of entrepreneurship and doing the right thing for employees and the community are a few ways in which firms stood out from the pack to make the shortlist. Each company or individual named should be immensely proud of their achievements to get to this stage, against such tough competition.

“At PwC we work with private businesses of all sizes and across a variety of sectors and industries, and have the pleasure of seeing businesses thrive, grow and diversify. The Private Business Awards are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate this.

“We wish all the shortlisted companies luck in the national final, which is a fantastic celebration of achievements of private businesses.”

Previous winners from the Midlands include:

 2017: Goodwill Solutions CIC won Technology Innovation of the Year Award and Josh Rathour of My UNiDAYS Ltd won Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 2014: Redditch-based, The Genuine Gemstone Company won in the International Business of the Year category.

 2013: Rigby Group was awarded Family Business of the Year and Northamptonshire-based Blue Skies Holdings won Social Enterprise of the Year.

 2012: Staffordshire-based JCB won Private Business of the Year, Tamworth-based Instarmac scooped Employer of the Year and Chrissie Rucker, who is based in Shropshire and owns luxury bedding, clothing and home accessories company, The White Company, won Business Woman of the Year.

To find out more about the awards visit www.ukpba-awards.co.uk

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