The most promising new businesses in the South West of England, including businesses from Wiltshire, were recognised at a new awards ceremony last week.
The StartUp Awards National Series debuted this year to highlight the dynamic startup scene across the country that skyrocketed during the pandemic, and has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions, supported nationally by BT, EY Breakthrough Incentives, Clearco, Dell Technologies & Intel, Moblox, Fearless Adventures and with regional support from the Moja Group.
The final was held at the Propyard in Bristol on 28th June and saw twenty different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as Digital StartUp of the Year, Green StartUp of the Year and the Online StartUp of the Year.
The awards were judged by a panel of prominent judges, including successful entrepreneurs and their supporters such as Jon Simon, co-founder & CEO of PieMinister, Ellie Webb, Founder & CEO Caleño, and Tom Ball, Founder of DeskLodge.
Wiltshire winners were Devizes-based organic milk producer Moo2Yoo which picked-up the ‘Rural StartUp’ award and Tisbury-based sustainable tennis label EXEAT which won the ‘Global StartUp’ category.
Laura Ward, Creative Director of Exeat said, “It was wonderful to be recognised by the StartUp Awards – we were completely thrilled with our win especially against such stiff competition. Tennis is the fastest growing sport in the world and it’s a privilege for EXEAT to fly the flag for Great Britain on the global stage.”
Chrissie Crossman of Moo2Yoo said, “Moo2Yoo is owned and run by myself and my Husband Mat. We were absolutely thrilled to be nominated and get through to Finals of the regional start up awards. To go on to win our category for the South West Rural Start-up of the Year was just incredible!
“It was fantastic to spend the evening with so many other new businesses who have overcome the difficult times of the past few years and made their business a success. We are over the moon with our award and incredibly proud of what we have achieved.”
Originally formed as the Wales StartUp Awards in 2016, the Awards Series has joined forces with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to take the celebration of newly formed businesses nationwide.
Creator of the awards, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, commented, “We have had an amazing reception across the UK over the last few weeks. The first year of the StartUp Awards National Series has demonstrated that we have incredible entrepreneurs in every sector and part of the nation that are making a real difference and are amazing role models for others to follow in their footsteps.”
He added, “The South West is quickly gaining a reputation for being an excellent place to start and grow a business, especially in knowledge-based industries, and, as all the finalists have shown this year, entrepreneurs are having a major impact across the region in developing new ideas, products and services.”
The overall South West StartUp of the Year prize went to sustainable seaweed farming companyBiome Algae which is based in Cornwall and Devon.
For a full list of the winners click here.
Pictured above: The South West startups celebrating their wins at the awards ceremony