Antiques expert and star of BBC1’s The Bidding Room and Salvage Hunters: The Restorers, Natasha Francis, has announced the winners of The BizBubble and Modern Maker Awards 2023. This annual business awards event celebrates, supports and champions small businesses, sole traders and micro companies as well those that have thrived or launched during the last year.
If that wasn’t enough, excitement on the day reached fever pitch as Natasha announced the award winners online via video.
And the winners are:
The BizBubble Awards
Best Community Biz: Creatful CIC
Best New Biz on the Block: Carrooka
Best Service Biz: Baby2Sleep
Best Ethical Biz: Eco-Able
Best Sole Trader: Bathroomatic
Best Blogging Biz: Indelible Think Copywriting
Best B2B Biz: LR Virtual Assistant
Best Biz of the High Street: Eco-Able
Best Digital Biz: The Social Brain
Heart of Gold: Dot Dot Fire
The People’s Choice: Eve Leonie Art
The overall BizBubble Best Small Biz of the Year 2023 went to Eco-Able, a fantastic brand that replace single-use plastics with tried-and-tested sustainable products.
The Modern Maker Awards
Illustration & Art: Chromakane
Ethical: Bloom in Soap
Kids: Blue Brontide
Jewellery: Brass and Bold
Wellbeing: Londe Botanics
Fashion: Ancient Grudge Ltd
Home & Living: Bromog Custom Works
Gifts: Innabox Ltd
Traditional Skills: Mongoose Stained Glass Ltd
The overall Modern Maker of the Year 2023 went to Bloom in Soap, who create natural botanical skincare products for beautiful skin and a healthy planet.
While the Judge Specialty Award for Top Pre-loved Biz went to Laura Basevi, who create stunning one-of-a-kind garments hand crafted from exquisite vintage and antique textiles.
The winners of the Best Small Biz and Maker of the Year awards each receive:
● £500 to spend on BizBubble advertising packages
● A one-to-one consultancy session with Brandstorm Consultancy
● A lifetime Business Pro Membership on the Bubble Network
Judge’s Feedback - Why this year’s winners were chosen
“When judging and selecting the winners for this year’s Bizbubble and Modern Maker Awards I was looking out for factors that supports the brand’s USP – looking mainly into the business not the product. Innovation in their approach to products, services, marketing, and operations as well as evidence of brand personality and brand values.
I was also focusing on business positioning and development over it’s lifetime, especially with the obstacles of the last few years, seeing how the business has adapted or pivoted to market changes.
Businesses that stood out for me were those that offer more, with integrity, who over deliver beyond their main products or service they are selling. Also taking into consideration those applicants that are sole traders and/or running their business on a part time basis due to other commitments.
As a judge I’m also looking out for businesses that make a positive impact on their community, who are showing evidence of social responsibility, honesty and transparency through their selling platform, social media and google searches.
I was also looking for businesses that had the ability to motivate and inspire me and their audience to conjure up inspiring thoughts and ideas and make me go ‘WOW’ regardless of the product or service they are offering to feel a connection.
Importantly, when selecting from the finalists I considered the potential for the business scalability and growth.
And finally, I favoured those where I could visualise how Bizbubble and Brandstorm Consultancy can add value to their brands to see the potential of how our prizes can help support their business growth to succeed in the future.”
Full Video Announcement
Tune in as Natasha Francis announces the WINNERS of each category for The BizBubble & ModernMaker Awards 2023!
BizBubble was founded by female entrepreneurs with a combined business portfolio of 5 brands, including 25 years of brand development experience. BizBubble is passionate about supporting and collaborating with innovative start-ups, independent brands and small businesses in the UK.
“Community is at the heart of everything we do, and we firmly believe supporting British small businesses is now more important than ever! We’re here to champion and connect with Britain’s best small businesses and to provide valuable resources, affordable advertising, industry news, inspirational articles and exciting, not-to-be-missed, special offers.” BizBubble Team