Beer52 celebrates success at Startups Awards sponsored by Simply Business

Some of the country’s most exciting new businesses gathered in London last week for the 2014 Startups Awards, sponsored by Simply Business.

Beer52 - Startups Awards winner

The award, now in its 11th year and held at Kensington Roof Gardens, is an annual celebration of the the UK’s entrepreneurial talent, and recognises businesses with gongs as varied as Franchisee of the Year, Crowdfunded Business of the Year, and Restaurant Business of the Year. This year’s judges included Simply Business’s Chris Slater, Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley, and Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts.

Previous winners of the Startups Awards include events app Yplan, furniture company Made.com, and accessories manufacturer The Cambridge Satchel Company.

This year the awards recognised outstanding businesses in fields as varied as food, consumer finance, eyewear, and recruitment. But the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year Award was taken by Beer52, a firm that delivers carefully selected craft beer. Its founder, 24 year old James Brown, was also awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Startups founder David Lester said: “We have undoubtedly seen some of the brands of the future today, and some of the most talented entrepreneurs in the country.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to Beer52, winners of the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year. The judges were hugely impressed by Beer52’s entry, which showed evidence of enviable growth and a tremendous entrepreneurial zeal from young founder James Brown.

“But the afternoon wasn’t only about the winners. This year there were a record number of entries to the Startups Awards and the standard was the highest we have seen. All 50 finalists can be very proud of their businesses, and it really does bode well for the UK economy that so many high-quality and innovative start-ups are out there and ready to make their mark.”

Startups Awards

The full list of winners is as follows:

Crowdfunded Business of the Year:

LOVESPACE

Finalists: Seedrs, F-Board

Franchisee of the Year:

Vance Parsons, Driver Hire (Hereford & Worcester)

Finalists: Julian Westwood; Diamond Logistics (Birmingham), Nick Blake; Jasper’s (Warrington)

Home-based Business of the Year:

Meredith Bespoke

Finalists: Lime Lace, Towers Design

Independent Shop of the Year:

Seriously Sofas

Finalists: Cocoba, The iOutlet

Innovative Business of the Year:

Cambridge Intelligence

Finalists: 4eco, Captive Media

Mumpreneur of the Year:

Tamara Arbib, Rebel Kitchen

Finalists: Cordelia Meacher, Fieldhouse Associates; Samantha King, Lime Lace

Product Business of the Year:

Eyespace

Finalists: Gousto, Lost My Name

Restaurant of the Year:

The Yorkshire Meatball Company

Finalists: Sugar Supper Club, Sosban & The Old Butchers

Service Business of the Year:

CommuterClub

Finalists: BIZZBY, Darmouth Partners

Tech Business of the Year:

Centtrip Card

Finalists: Flubit, Powerlinks Media

Venture Funded Business of the Year:

Currency Cloud

Finalists: Gousto, Pact Coffee

Women in Business Award:

Jodi Huggett, 4eco

Finalists: Julie and Jayne Abel, Eyespace; Gemma Ferris, Feritech

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

James Brown, Beer52

Finalists: e-finity Leads, GPS Locums

People’s Champion Award:

Lend Me Your Literacy

Simply Business Startups Business of the Year:

Beer52