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Search on for best in the west


The search is on again to discover and recognise the South West’s best and brightest small businesses.

Britain’s biggest business representation group the FSB (Federation of Small
Businesses) has launched their annual ‘FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards’
which will culminate initially in a regional final in Weston-super-Mare followed
by a national final later in the spring.

Small businesses and the self-employed throughout the South West will have a
choice of 12 different categories to enter including best family business, start-
up, micro and larger business categories as well as awards for SMEs that excel
with customer service, with their diversity and inclusivity practices and those
who shine in their local communities.

The 2022 South West awards produced a record amount of entries and
included winners from a wide variety of sectors from Bristol, Devon,
Gloucestershire, Bath, Dorset, Cornwall, North Somerset and Wiltshire and
organisers hope that this year will see an even bigger response from the
region’s innovative small businesses.

FSB regional chairman Lee Nathan said: “As we all know this is a very
challenging time for small businesses, so this is the ideal opportunity for SMEs
to remind everyone of the incredible work they are doing and showcase how
important they are to our communities.

“We were overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of the entries we
had last time, and we hope many more of the amazing South West SME
owners and the self-employed will take part this time around to prove again
just how diverse and innovative our local small business communities are.’
The 12 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022 categories are:
 Exporter of the Year
 Sustainability Award
 Diversity and Inclusion
 Self-Employed/Freelancer
 Service Excellence
 Micro-business of the Year (0-9 employees)
 Larger Small Business (10-100 employees)
 Start-up Business of the Year
 Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and under)
 Business and Product Innovation Award
 Family Business of the Year
 Community Award
For further information and to enter the awards – which are open to both FSB
members and non-members alike – visit

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