Last night we celebrated the best of British small and medium-sized enterprises at the Amazon Growing Business Awards in The Brewery, London.

Created by Real Business and backed by the CBI, the Amazon Growing Business Awards is the most established and respected national recognition programme for SMEs and entrepreneurial success.

Speaking to the 500 guests made up of small business owners from around the UK, our UK Country Manager, Doug Gurr, offered his congratulations to all the winners and businesses highly commended last night: “Small businesses are the backbone of Britain, and so it’s immensely inspiring to hear such a number of success stories, showing that creative ideas and relentless drive is found around the country.”

We were pleased to see at least one winning or highly commended business in almost every region of the country. Award-winners also spanned a variety of sectors including leisure, retail, manufacturing, technology and the business & financial services industries.

“To win an Amazon Growing Business Award is a fantastic achievement, marking many years of rewarding but hard work, in challenging circumstances” said Katy Moss, Managing Director, Trent Refractories after accepting her award. “Receiving recognition from Amazon, the CBI and Real Business is incredibly gratifying and I’m really looking forward to celebrating with the team in Scunthorpe.”

In addition to being headline sponsors, Amazon companies sponsored three categories in particular: Export Champion of the Year (sponsored by Amazon Marketplace); Digital Business of the Year (Sponsored by Amazon Web Services); and Growing Business of the Year: Mid-sized Company (sponsored by Amazon Payments)

For more information on the award-winners and shortlisted companies, visit: