Bristol entrepreneurs fly flag for city at inaugural regional business awards

January 31, 2020

Entrepreneurial Bristol businesses ranging from a maker of biodegradable glitter to a designer specialising in digitally printed luxury silk scarves were among the winners in a business awards scheme that showcases the region’s ‘ones to watch’.

Some 27 outstanding individuals and firms went head-to-head in nine award categories aimed at finding the most exciting entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, as well as the region’s most promising BAME, young and female entrepreneurs. 

The awards were staged by regional business support group Business West at the Bristol Old Vic before an invited audience of business leaders.

Kath Senior, who set up EcoStardust in 2017 to sell biodegradable glitter, won the Leader of Environmentally Sustainable Business title, while Danielle Neill, a print designer specialising in hand painted, digitally printed luxury silk scarves, triumphed in the Female Business Leader category.

Other winners included ethical waste disposal firm WasteSource, which landed the award for Bristol-based firm, building firm Sweet Construct (North Somerset) and British Corner Shop (South Gloucestershire).

The overall winner was Paulton-based data management specialist 101 Data Solutions.

Chief executive of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West, James Durie, said: “The awards ceremony showcased the brightest entrepreneurial talent the West of England has to offer, providing shortlisted businesses a platform to go from strength to strength.

“Being recognised as an Enterprising West of England One to Watch – a programme funded by The European Regional Development Fund – is an impressive accolade which will boost business’ brand awareness, act as a differentiator in the marketplace and help to attract the new talent required to grow.”

The award winners in full were:

Somerset: Sweet Construct Ltd

Bath and North East Somerset: 101 Data Solutions Ltd

Bristol: WasteSource

South Gloucestershire: British Corner Shop

Overall West of England Winner: 101 Data Solutions

Contribution to the Place of the West of England: Bath Carnival

Young Person in Business: Cookie Dough Retail

BAME Business Leader: Farayi Gwenzi – Divine Healthcare Business Solutions

Female Business Leader: Danielle Neill – Danielle Neill Designs

Leader of Environmentally Sustainable Business: Kath Senior – EcoStardust

The Enterprising West of England programme supports SMEs across the West of England. It is funded by The European Regional Development Fund and delivered in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council, The Prince’s Trust and the YTKO Group.

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