The search is on once more to discover and recognise the south west’s best and brightest small businesses.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched its annual FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards which will culminate in a regional final in Weston-super-Mare, followed by a national final later in the spring.

The 2022 South West awards produced a record amount of entries and included winners from a wide variety of sectors.

FSB regional chairman, Lee Nathan, said: “As we all know this is a very challenging time for small businesses, so this is the ideal opportunity for SMEs to remind everyone of the incredible work they are doing and showcase how important they are to our communities.

“We were overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of the entries we had last time, and we hope many more of the amazing south west SME owners and the self-employed will take part this time around to prove again just how diverse and innovative our local small business communities are.”

The 12 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022 categories are:

  • Exporter of the Year
  • Sustainability Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Self-Employed/Freelancer
  • Service Excellence
  • Micro-business of the Year (0-9 employees)
  • Larger Small Business (10-100 employees)
  • Start-up Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and under)
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Community Award

For further information or to enter the awards – which are open to both FSB members and non-members alike – visit