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Winners Announced for UK’s Small Business Big Heart 2018

We have chosen the winner of Small Business Big Heart 2018!

We're delighted to announce that Kilted Lobster is the winner of the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award.

Just like last year, the Small Business Big Heart Award entries were wide and varied, every one telling a compelling story about the amazing efforts each small business undertakes to help individuals, organisationsand causes that benefit from their support.

But, as they say, there can only be one winner and this year gourmet restaurant Kilted Lobster is it.

What impressed the judges was the way doing good was part and parcel of the businesses' everyday philosophy. We'll let head Chef Colin Hinds explain…

"Cooking Up a Storm is the Social Conscience of our restaurant. We truly believe in influencing and supporting our community, our city and our country through simple and practical projects. Much like following a recipe we believe in a step-by-step approach to do what we can to make a difference in people's lives."

And how do they do that? Well, the list is long and impressive but includes closing the restaurant every Tuesday serve top notch food to families facing financial hardship, running courses for those with health issues to enable them to cook healthy and nutritious meals and providing on the job training to people facing barriers to education.

We're sure you'll agree they're worthy winners and when we know what they'll be using their £1,000 prize for we'll let you know.

But that's not all, of our ten regional finalists, four others stood out and earned highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Awards.

The Community Spirit Award went to:

  • The Picturedrome Electric Theatre, Bognor Regis, for their incredible support for local community events, organisationsand sports clubs
  • Sardaya Hair and Beauty, Swindon, for their local fundraising activities and practical support for the elderly, homeless, children and babies in their community

The On-going Giving Award went to:

  • Pearl's Pet Care, Forres, for their 36-year long work in animal welfare, environmental safeguarding, community care and regional business development

And the Business Heart Award went to:

  • Bluefin Living, Birmingham for a business ethos built on tackling the UK's housing crisis

Small Business Big Heart Judge and Marketing Director at BusinessesForSale Rufus Bazley, concludes:

"For the second year running the Small Business Big Heart Awards have demonstrated the incredible impact the UK's small business community has on individuals and organisations that might otherwise be overlooked. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our entrants and congratulate every one of our finalists."

Does your small business have a big heart?

The opening date for the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Awards will be announced in September. To pre-register your interest email Ruth Stone, [email protected]

The complete list of regional finalists are as follows:

East Midlands
Most Host in Ilkeston

South East
Picturedome Electric Theatre in Bognor Regis

South West 
Sardaya  Hair and Beauty in Swindon

Natural Born Grillers in Norwich

South Scotland
Cooking Up a Storm in Edinburgh

E2 Young Engineers in London

Vintage Lily in Talbot

North West
Altrincham HQ in Greater Manchester

West Midlands
Bluefin Living in Birmingham

North Scotland
Pearl's Pet Care in Moray

Congratulations to all finalists!

Jo Thornley

About the author

Jo joined Dynamis in 2005 to co-ordinate PR and communications and produce editorial across all business brands. She earned her spurs managing the communications strategy and now creates and develops partnerships between, and and likeminded companies.


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