The shortlist for the North West FSB ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018’ has been announced and a Bootle company is among those nominated for a title.
The North West area finals of the national FSB contest will be held on March 22 in Blackburn and will celebrate the achievements of small businesses that play such a vital part in making the North West such a vibrant area to live, work and invest.
Fifty small firms from across the North West have been shortlisted for one of the 12 gongs up for grabs, including Family Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, and Best Start-up Business. The winners from each category will automatically go through to the FSB’s UK national business awards, the final of which is in London this May.
Local firm Harrison Hair Studio has been nominated for Micro Business of the Year (award for companies with under 10 employees). Business owner Tanya Harrison said: “It’s a real thrill to make the shortlist, to be recognised for our customer service and work we do in the community makes it that much more special, we can’t wait for the finals. Running a small business is tough, so it’s fantastic to see the judges have recognised that we go the extra mile on a regular basis. Fingers crossed we’ll be leaving with some silverware on the day but even if we don’t just to get shortlisted is a honour.”
Simon Edmondson, FSB North West Regional Chairman, said: “The sheer scale and diversity of the entrants who have taken part in our awards is a real testimony to the vibrancy of the business community here in the North West. There’s no doubt that this is an area full of fantastic small firms and a rich culture of entrepreneurship, so it’ll be great to crown many of them with a trophy in March. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the cream of the crop then take on the rest of the country at our national finals in London.”
Tickets for the North West final, held at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, on March 21, can be purchased by registering at https://fsbawards.co.uk/entry/north-west