On the 23rd July, businesses from all over the UK attended an event with the Queen to celebrate their outstanding business success at the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Amongst the winners of one of the most acclaimed awards in business was a large proportion of one-man or one-woman start-ups which had achieved success.
And the roots of some of these acclaimed businesses? For some, a kitchen table.
Nails Inc was founded by one Thea Green in 1999, who was 24 at the time. Green spotted a gap in the beauty market for high quality manicures and nail varnishes for women who’ve got a busy lifestyle, and set to work developing the range while working as a fashion editor in London.
It was the Nails Inc ’15 minute manicure’ which helped the humble start-up soar to popularity, with Green’s first shop opening to queues of customers eager to try it out.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is one of many awards Green and her company has won over the years, with the Queen’s Award for International Trade added to that list this year.
Dressed to impress
Luxury maternity wear designer Tiffany London started up her now worldwide maternity dress store from her kitchen table. Expressing her excitement to receive such an acclaimed award on the store’s blog, London commented:
“I always loved the idea of one day having my own business…It seemed like a bit of a pipe dream then, especially when I started from the kitchen table with less than £1000 start-up capital. I didn’t dare dream it would one day grow to the size it is now.
“Given our 100% commitment to quality manufacturing in Britain it’s a huge honour for us to receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen. There is no higher support we could wish for and we could not be more thrilled with what we have achieved to date, or more excited about the opportunities for future growth.”
Another company starting from the company founder’s kitchen was Cambridge Satchel Co, founded in 2008 by mother and daughter team Freda Thomas and Julie Deane. Despite its humble beginnings and only £600 start-up fund, the company now employs over 80 people and has a fan base including famous stars.
Speaking about the awards, Business Secretary Vince Cable commented:
“It’s right that companies which are pushing forward, investing and working hard to champion UK business here and abroad get this well-deserved recognition.
“I hope the awards and today’s celebrations will encourage even more businesses to enter next year and inspire more entrepreneurs to start or grow their own business. I applaud each and every one of today’s winners.”
It will certainly be exciting to see other businesses in the UK, vying for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the future. With such an award under the belt of a business, no matter how large or small, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise will boost the prestige of any business.
Stay tuned for more information next year on this site.
- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Hosts a Reception at Buckingham Palace.(royalcorrespondent.com)
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