In addition to the overall prize, businesses were invited to enter the awards to be recognised for their achievements in one of six categories including, social media, next generation, use of mobile, community support, manufacturing innovation, green and business of the year. The awards are part of HP's commitment to develop and maintain a small business community that can learn from each other and collaborate to further grow their businesses.
"These awards reward small, innovative companies that are key drivers of the economy," says Baroness Wilcox, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, who attended the awards ceremony. "I welcome this opportunity to show the Government and large companies, like HP, can work together to create the conditions for growth".
The winning companies are:
All winners received trophies and an HP product bundle, including a laptop, printer and relevant software.
In addition to the winning businesses, the judges felt that four additional companies deserved recognition for their successes. These included GretaStar, a diverse company including a care business, floristry, photography business started by a 17-year-old; Coaching Training Consultancy, a business that runs a training scheme across every secondary school in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire; Drillbitkit, a manufacturer of innovative drill bit kits; and Paperboy Interiors, a business that designs collections of sophisticated children's fabrics and wallpapers.
"As a member of the judging panel for these awards, it was inspiring to see the achievements from some of Britain's smartest SME's," says Susan Bowen, HP UK and Ireland director of strategy. "At HP we're keen to promote this fantastic work as an example of what's possible during challenging times. Each winner has excelled in a different area to ensure their business continues to grow and contribute to UK PLC."