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The search is on for the East Midland’s most outstanding small businesses and self-employed people

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is today (1 August) beginning its search for the best of the small businesses in the East Midlands as entries open for the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020.

There are just under 180,000 small businesses and self-employed in the region.

Small businesses are being urged to enter before the closing date of 17 January 2020. Twelve award categories this year include the Wellbeing in Small Business Award, building on FSB's successful work in advocating measures to improve wellbeing and mental health for the self-employed, small business owners and their employees.

Les Phillimore, FSB regional chair for the East Midlands, said:

“For a chance to be recognised as the best small business in the East Midlands as well as in the whole of the UK, I’d encourage all small businesses to enter the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. SMEs are a vital part of the East Midlands – contributing so much to the economy and making our region a more exciting place in which to live, work, study and visit. The awards give everyone the opportunity to join us in celebrating that SMEs account for 99.9% of businesses across every main industry sector and make a huge contribution to the UK economy.”

The 2019 East Midlands area winners included a family chip shop, horsebox manufacturers and a magnet exporter. The 2019 national UK FSB Employer of the Year was DBS Internet Marketing based in Lincolnshire. 

The 2020 area winners for the East Midlands will be announced at an award ceremony on 5th March held at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. These winners, with the exception of the Community Business Award which is area level only, will then go forward to the UK final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020, held in London, on 21 May 2020.

The 12 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020 categories are:

  • Wellbeing in Small Business Award
  • Environmental Business of the Year
  • Digital/E-commerce Business of the Year
  • Sole Trader of the Year
  • High Growth Business of the Year
  • Micro-business of the Year
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and under)
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Family Business of the Year
  • International Business of the Year
  • Community Business of the Year (area level only)

For further information and to enter the awards visit

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