“Private businesses are at the heart of their local communities and the UK economy, and we are pleased to have such a wealth of successful private businesses in the Midlands. The shortlist epitomises the very best of British business." "From feisty grassroots challengers to mid-tier innovators these businesses have forged opportunities from themselves and those they employ.”  said Chris Romans, partner and private business leader at PwC in the Midlands.

Charlie Hoffman, Managing Director, HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd said:

“Once again there is strong competition across all categories with candidates demonstrating immense talent and an outstanding work ethic. Alongside their relentless focus on the customer, so many participants acknowledge that human capital, namely the employees, is often what makes the business a success.

“Of particular note this year is the quality of entrants who are family-owned businesses. Often multi-generational, these are the British 'Mittelstand' who are very much the country's past and ever evolving future.”

“At HSBC Private Bank we have long recognised the contribution of private businesses to the economy, and are delighted that through the Private Business Awards we now have an established national platform for showcasing the very best of their achievements and entrepreneurship.”

Jane Gomez, managing director of The Supper Club, said:

“From manufacturers to digital disruptors, the businesses on this shortlist demonstrate the ambition and strength of UK enterprise today. We are thrilled to support this celebration of not only business success, but particularly, of leadership. The founders and CEOs of these firms have led these firms through challenging times to achieve growth. They are the true wealth creators in Britain today."

The winners of the Private Business Awards 2015 will be announced at a dinner to be held at the Brewery, London, EC1 on Wednesday 30th September 2015.


UK Private Business Awards 2015 - Shortlisted Nominees:

Technology Innovation of the Year Award - Sponsored by finnCap
11 Health & Technology Ltd – South East
AnTech Ltd – West and Wales
GBUK Enteral Ltd – North East
Vision RT Ltd – London

Social Enterprise of the Year Award - Sponsored by LIFESAVER systems Ltd
Carecall NI Ltd – Northern Ireland
Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd – Scotland
Shared Interest Society – North East
Student@Home – London

High Growth Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by Equistone Partners Europe Limited
BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd – Scotland
Bullitt Group Ltd – South East
First Utility Ltd – Midlands
Motorpoint Ltd – Midlands

Rising Star of the Year Award - Sponsored by Klood
Butterfly Twists Ltd - London
Emoderation Ltd - London
Metcalfe's Food Company - London
The Knowledge Academy – South East

International Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by HSBC Commercial Bank
Brompton Bicycle Ltd – London
Gripple Ltd – North East
Peak Scientific Holdings Ltd – Scotland
Tangle Teezer Ltd – South East

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Imran Akram – Asons Solicitors Ltd – North West
Lee Biggins – CV Library Ltd– South East
Alice Blackie – Pink Boutique Ltd – North East
Mike Wilson – Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd – Scotland

Private Business Woman of the Year Award - Sponsored by PwC
Susan Barratt – Natures Way Foods - South East
Joanne Smith – The Consulting Consortium - London
Cheryl Williams – Yorkshire Wildlife Park - North East
Abi Wright – Spabreaks.com – London

CEO of the Year Award - Sponsored by The Supper Club
Will Butler-Adams – Brompton Bicycle Ltd – London
Phil Doye – Kelway Ltd – London
Tom Joule – Joules Ltd - Midlands
Colin Stevens – Better Bathrooms Ltd – North West

Family Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys
Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd – North East
Boodles Ltd – London
Kolak Snack Foods Ltd – South East
Frank Roberts and Sons Ltd – North West

Private Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by HSBC Private Bank
Argus Media Ltd – London
BrewDog Plc – Scotland
Kelway Ltd – London
Usborne Publishing Ltd – London