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START UP IF THE YEAR (UNDER ONE YEAR TRADING) Amy Cunningham The Strings Club offers fun music courses for children aged four to 12. The company continues to expand across the country and has a 98% customer return rate. Contact: thestringsclub.com INNOVATION OF THE YEAR Steven Greenall Warwick Music produces sheet music and the world’s first plastic trombone - called the pBone. The innovative product makes trombone playing less expensive and thus more accessible. The company has an impressive CSR programme, sending instruments to Africa. Contact: warwickmusic.com ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Ann-Maree Morisson Labels4Kids produces hardwearing, waterproof labels for children’s clothes and school items. Ann-Maree has strong ambitions for the company and is investing in global expansion. Contact: labels4kids.com TRADESPERSON OF THE YEAR James Lanwarne Lanwarne Landscapes offers landscape and garden design, construction, horticulture and consultancy. James has a real commitment to exceeding customer expectation, which has lead to more than 80% of the business coming from recommendations or returning clients. Contact: lanwarnelandscapes.co.uk CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY Patrick Church The first service of its kind in this country, Givecar is a notfor-profit social enterprise that offers a free service to collect

unwanted vehicles, and recycles or auctions them to raise money for the charity of the owner’s choice. Givecar won the award through a public vote. Contact: givecar.co.uk

Each of the category winners told me they found This year the Round Table topic the event inspirational was; surviving the recession and coming out the other side. After discussing this topic, each winner was able to ask Karen Brady a question. The conversation was engaging, and each of the category winners told me they found the event inspirational and helpful. Karren Brady said: ‘It’s been amazing today because everybody’s businesses, while they’re very different, are experiencing some very similar issues, whether that’s franchising, expansion, online versus high street, and we’ve learnt so much today about various different business and different ways of doing things.’ Amy Cunningham, founder of The Strings Club said: ‘I’m right at the start of my journey so it was really useful to hear what everyone else had been through and is going through – it made me think a lot about the future. ‘It was fantastic meeting Karren Brady, she’s very inspirational.’ At Talk Business, we were amazed by the quality of entries and the fantastic prizes the winners received to help their businesses grow further. That’s why we intend to work with Nectar Business more closely from now on. Keep an eye for our May 2014 issue and on Twitter where we’ll be announcing all the details of the next awards.

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Past winner comment Charlie Harry Francis, founder of Lick Me I’m Delicious, which makes portable ice cream contraptions, won the 2012 Innovation Award. He said: ‘Winning a Nectar Small Business Award has elevated the credibility of my business, which is immensely valuable. The advice Karren gave me at the Round Table was very useful in helping me move the business forward and I’ve started implementing her suggestions.’

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AMY CUNNINGHAM

STEVEN GREENALL

PATRICK CHURCH

ANN-MAREE MORISSON

JAMES LANWARNE

Contact: nectar.com/dynamic/ smallbusiness Want to watch the video of the event, including an interview with Karren Brady? Visit talkbusinessmagazine. co.uk/nectar-business-small-businessawards-2013-karren-brady

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