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Kids Bee Happy crowned Champions at Wembley

On Saturday 15 July 2017, over 350 family business leaders and entrepreneurs descended upon London’s iconic Wembley Stadium for The National Family Business Awards (formally known as the Red Ribbon Awards) – celebrating the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses.

After months of searching and interviewing, our Winners were crowned. These businesses were selected as the best in their categories and regions they represent. With over 3 million family firms in the UK as well as hundreds of entries for the Awards, the winners had to be exceptional.

Family firm, Kids Bee Happy were crowned both winners of the Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. and the highest accolade of the Mazars National Champion Award.

The judges commented –
“We loved the fact that they identified a great idea, worked hard on their product design, changed their business model based on assessing the market and have worked tirelessly on every aspect of making their dream a reality. It was wonderful to hear about all the family members playing to their strengths …. Jessica in particular is clearly one to watch for the future!
Identifying two clear markets for their product and being successful in each, with such a small team, is inspirational. This has included negotiating contracts with big companies which is no mean feat for any business!

However, what also really stood out in their submission was how much importance they placed on social responsibility…. from providing good employment in their rural, local area… to taking on apprentices and ensuring that they got good all round work experience.

Of particular note was the transformational role they have played in the lives of their direct sales consultants…. giving some people who have had a rough ride in life the confidence to pursue a fresh start and become entrepreneurial themselves, treating them as business owners and investing in their training and mentoring.”

Hosted by Family Business Place, and now in their eighth year, the awards seek to recognise and honour some of the most exciting, innovative and longstanding family businesses around the UK. From 200 year old cheese makers in Yorkshire to second generation perfumers in London and sibling start-ups in Devon, the awards have become one of the most sought-after accolades in business.

Anita Brightley-Hodges, Managing Director of Family Business Place says,

“Family businesses are the shining stars of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing 1 in 3 people. Despite their incredible contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements and so we founded The National Family Business Awards to celebrate them. This year’s winners all excel in their field and are true beacons of British commerce.”