North & East Bristol Enterprise Support celebrates small businesses at Get Social | Bristol Network Awards 2022 - West of England

North & East Bristol Enterprise Support celebrates small businesses at Get Social | Bristol Network Awards 2022

In celebration of small businesses, North & East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES) held the first Get Social | Bristol Network Awards, bringing SMEs of all shapes together for an evening of networking, shared experiences and, of course, the awards ceremony.

The Awards ceremony consisted of 11 categories in total, that businesses could nominate themselves for, from celebrating the achievements of new businesses, to best employers and inspiring stories. Over 60 nominations were submitted, which was no easy task for our judging panel to decide, amongst such esteemed businesses.

Thank you to the judges who took the time to go through this difficult process:

Duncar Kerr, West of England Combined Authority

Sunjay Singh, Life Media UK

Latoya Adlam, Kitchen Cosmetics

Anesa Kritah, Bristol City Council

The event, which was held at Runway East on 1 December, had over 60 attendees from  businesses and the self-employed from various industries, who have all accessed support from North & East Bristol Enterprise Support. Attendees enjoyed delicious local cheeses by The Bristol Cheesemonger, a variety of tasty canapes by Ruby Jeans and handcrafted desserts by Bakery Number Eight, as well as the stories and advice shared by our brilliant speakers.

Annie, from Joey Pods, told us, “I want to stress the importance of collaborating. Talking to other people and listening to their ideas is fundamental in sharing knowledge within business”. Anna from Venom Creatives gave some advice on starting a new business, “No new business is overlooked and no new business is silly. No matter what you do you have to go for it. Remember your dreams and your goals”. Lastly Max from Simply Grow said, ‘If you are not failing you are not innovating. We started our business during lockdown and it was by no means easy”.

Here is a full list of the winners:

Inspiring others: Niamh Godfrey – Rockamilly Bristol 

Best New Product or Service: Angharad Davies – Joey Pods

Taken A Leap: Lourisha McGowan – Caribbean Fix

Self-Employed/Sole Trader of the Year: Joe Rees – Ome Home

Sustainable Impact Champion: Sylwia and Max – Simply Grow

Breaking Down Barriers: Elizabeth Brown – Alma Physiotherapy

Community Champion: Sian Kidd – Secret Soup Society 

Best New Business: Louise Fitzgerald – The Hideout Bristol

Best Team: Sophie Higgins Wheeler – Graft Workshop 

Best Display of Growth: Charleen Downer – Fresh Dance & Arts

Employer of the Year: Luke Mallison – Bristol Improv Theatre

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