The Enterprising West of England 'Ones to Watch' 2020 Awards is an informal awards ceremony taking place on the 29 January 2020 at Bristol Old Vic. These awards will recognise the businesses and their leaders that we think have great things to offer now, and in the future.
The Enterprising West of England programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, has been running since 2017 offering business support to small and medium sized enterprises across the region. This has put us in a unique position to be able to witness the early development of some of our rising stars and we feel this deserves to be celebrated in the form of an award ceremony.
What are the award categories?
There are ten awards in total, allowing us to celebrate a variety of businesses in the West of England. All the businesses nominated have been supported by the Enterprising West of England programme.
Ones to Watch – North Somerset
- Burleigh Create
- Sweet Construct
- Fox Developments
Ones to Watch – Bath and North East Somerset
- 101 Data Solutions
- Novel Wines
- The Circle Consulting Group
Ones to Watch – Bristol
- Rerun Streetwear
- U.D.O. Audio
Ones to Watch – South Gloucestershire
- British Corner Shop
- Pitchmark Group
- Discover Your Bounce
Ones to Watch – West of England (Winner chosen from regional winners)
This category celebrates an Enterprising West of England supported business from each region which has a great business concept, is growing quickly, showing exceptional promise and therefore is set to become a leader in its field.
An overall winner for the West of England will be chosen from the regional winners.
Ones to Watch – Contribution to the place of the West of England
This is an award for a business whose activities contribute to the sense of place within the West of England. For example, this might be through support to communities, development of local health support systems or support to local business growth. Nominated businesses will have contributed to the vibrancy, diversity and stability of the area, ensuring it is a place we all want to live and work, now and in the future.
- Freelance Mum
- Weston-super-Mare PRIDE
- Bath Carnival
Ones to Watch – Young person in business
This award is for a dynamic individual under the age of 30 who has demonstrated tenacity and drive in setting up and/or running their own business. The winner will be a young entrepreneur with a fearless spirit and fresh ideas, set to become an inspiration for those who follow. This individual will make us excited for what’s in store for the West of England.
- Jess Saumarez - Hedira
- Ellie Webb - Caleno
- Ricki Ghali - Cookie Dough
Ones to Watch – BAME business leader
This is an award for a BAME leader of a business supported by Enterprising West of England. The winner will be driven and resilient with a great business idea, successfully growing a business that is performing well for themselves and their clients. Their position as a talented business leader will help them to advocate for changes to business attitudes and practices that are based on the idea that diverse talent does not exist. They are an excellent example of the area’s talent.
- Farayi Gwenzi - Divine Healthcare Solutions
- Sadia Yusaf - Ethiopian Chilli Sauce
- Malaika Cattlin - Samsara Beauty and Holistic
Ones to Watch – Female business leader
This is an award for a female leader of a business supported by the Enterprising West of England programme. The winner will be ambitious and driven with a business concept that will go the distance. Their position as a future leader of many will inspire more women to step in to run their own business, promoting the closure of the inequality gap.
- Hannah Turner - Hannah Turner Ltd
- Frances Good - Hotpod Yoga
- Danielle Neill - Danielle Neill Designs
Ones to Watch – Leader of environmentally sustainable business
This award is for a business for their overall approach and strategy to addressing environmental sustainability issues. This might be with new technology, innovative processes, the development of company culture or all of these factors. Achieving sustainability goals requires the development, articulation and execution of strategies that draw in all levels of a company and this company has sustainable objectives at its heart.
- Simon Bellamy - Too Many T-Shirts
- Kath Senior - Eco-Stardust
How were nominations received?
Nominations were submitted by each partner involved in the Enterprising West of England programme - names and logos below.
How will winners be decided?
Winners will be decided by a panel of independent business experts who will review nominations and pick a winner for each category based on criteria.
When will winners be announced?
Winners for each category will be announced at our "Ones to Watch" 2020 awards ceremony. This is taking place on Wednesday 29 January at Bristol Old Vic, Invite only.