Have you started your business and experienced a significant growth in the past few years?

Are you proud to be a thriving UK food or drink SME?

This category is for dynamic SME’s who have demonstrated outstanding growth over the past 18 months. Growth can be through increased sales, capacity and resource expansion, developing new and innovative product lines or even impressive first-year achievements after starting from scratch. Our judges will also be looking at the sustainability and ambition of growth.

In short, if you think your business is fabulous, enter and tell us why!

Please note this category is open to SME’s. To qualify your company turnover must be less than £50m.

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In a volatile, challenging, and unpredictable environment, Aon’s dedicated Food and Drink practice group supports more than 1500 clients in the food and drink industry to safely manage and mitigate the risks to their business, while maximising their potential opportunities.

Against threats including cyber-attacks, supply chain disruption, talent attraction & retention, and food safety, we bring sector specific insurance broking and risk management expertise and experience; helping a broad range of clients ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals make better decisions on their risk and risk financing strategies.

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SME Emerging Business 2023

Launched in 2019, Hertfordshire’s SRSLY Low Carb’s vision is to become the No.1 consumer brand for tasty, low carb themed foods in ‘everyday affordable’ product categories.

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Emerging Business 2022 - Sessions Market Limited

Redefining what it means to grow a restaurant brand, Sessions uses its physical sites and its tech to foster new concepts into well-designed, authentic brands from real food founders.

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Emerging Business 2021 - Moorish

Profitable since day one, the Moorish brand has gone from strength to strength. After securing an immediate listing in Waitrose in 2012, the brand has now grown to reach shoppers in Sainsbury’s, Ocado, WH Smith, Booths and more.


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Emerging Business 2020

Since their launch in 2018, PLAYin CHOC has won 18 multi-national awards, 9 for taste and 9 for overall design, and has appeared in over 150 pieces of press coverage.

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Emerging Business 2019

The Meatless Farm Co. is an innovative and forward-thinking start-up business, investing heavily in product development to quickly become a market leading brand in the world of plant-based products.

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