National awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank, highlight British business excellence and innovation

  • London, 26th November, 2014: The Real Business Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, announced the 2014 winners last night at a ceremony held at the London Marriott Hotel.

A wide range of businesses were celebrated at the ceremony, with categories ranging from Retail Hero and Digital Champion to Brand Builder of the Year and Young Company of the Year: manufacturing and engineering continued to defy economic expectations with another string of successes, following a strong showing by the sectors last year.

Winners in this space included Export Champion of the Year Alba Power, Innovator of the Year Plumis, LION Trackhire, which took home Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (turnover less than £25m) and HL Plastics, winner of Growing Business of the Year: Mid-Sized Company (turnover £25m-£50m).

Britain’s manufacturing heritage and engineering expertise was also represented by Peter Digby of Xtrac Limited, who was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year. Xtrac is a world leader in the design and manufacturer of transmission systems, with motorsport, transport, marine and defence clients. During Peter’s 28 years at the helm the business has grown to a team of over 260. In 1997, he led a management buyout involving the entire workforce.

Despite pressures including Eurozone uncertainties and increasing regulation, winning companies were able to demonstrate continued success and impressive growth. Innovation was an important theme cited by the judges, with numerous entries commended for having a disruptive impact on their respective sectors.

First Utility, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing independent energy supplier, was awarded Growing Business of the Year: Larger Company (turnover £50m+). Described as “potentially the fastest-growing £1bn revenue company in the UK in the next 12 months” the judges cited its disruptive nature and incredible growth figures, which have seen revenues double year on year for the past four years.

The “Made in Britain” Award was won by high-end tableware company Steelite. Judges commended the company, favoured by hotel chains including Hilton Hotels and Four Seasons, for turning around its industry and demonstrating scale, stating it had “shown real innovation in its products and marketing” with “a clear route map for future growth”.

Multi-award winning global technology company Ve Interactive was presented with the Digital Champion award, having been identified by judges as the business they would most like to invest in.


High-end tableware company Steelite International wins business accolade

The Real Business Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, announced the 2014 winners Tuesday night at a ceremony held at the London Marriott Hotel.

The “Made in Britain” Award was won by Staffordshire based Steelite International. The business, which has a UK workforce of over 1000 at its Middleport factory, is a high-end tableware company favoured by hotel chains including Hilton Hotels and Four Seasons. It also supplies clients as diverse as the Ministry of Defence, Whitebread and Little Chef.

Steelite International has showrooms across the globe and supplies businesses in 140 countries. It has a particularly strong CSR policy, covering everything from industry leading recycling programmes to extensive, education focused staff training schemes.


Blackburn based Meltech is a classic British engineering company with a solid reputation for its expertise in process engineering built over a number of years. Through continuous development in their products Meltech have remained at the forefront of their specialist field

Meltech delivers high performance production and handling equipment and support services to different segments of the worldwide wire, cable and metals processing markets. Meltech’s CRE (Continous Rotary Extrusion) equipment offers an innovative total process solution to ensure fast, successful and safe introduction of the machinery customer’s sites.


Record number of entries for this year’s awards will see businesses from right across the UK compete for prestigious accolade

London, 13 October, 2014: Following a successful quarter for the UK’s SME and entrepreneurial market, the shortlist for this year’s Real Business Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, is announced today.

From Brewdog and Graze to We Are Social and First Utility, the range of businesses and sectors in this year’s 60 strong shortlist demonstrates the vast array of business excellence present across the UK. Now in its 16th year, 2014 has seen a record number of award entries across the 12 categories, which include Retail Hero and Export Champion of the Year. Shortlisted companies include

Shortlisted companies include Orangebox, Rock Chemicals, Steelite, Heck Foods, Meltech, Bulldog Skincare


A Lancashire based lighting firm received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Last week, Jeff Fuller, owner of The Light Yard, tweeted the ex Dragon about his business during ‘Small Business Sunday’, an initiative set up by Theo that  runs
weekly. Theo re‐tweeted Jeff’s message to his 445,000 followers and as a result, the business ( has 200 more followers and extra orders for their handcrafted pendant and wall lights.


 After a major restoration project, supported by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent officially opened as a new visitor destination on the 24th June 2014. As part of this event, Frances and Dominic Bromley from Scabetti were invited to present their work to HRH The Prince of Wales.