Amazon have announced the winners of the 2019 Amazon UK Small Business Awards – a programme designed to shine a spotlight on three of the most inspiring small British brands selling on Amazon. Hundreds of UK small businesses were nominated for the awards, all of which deserving, but there can only be one winner… or in this case three!
Small Business of the Year
Hazel Reynolds, founder of Brighton-based Gamely Games, has created a range of family-friendly card games to help reduce screen time for children. The original games include Randomise – one of the bestselling card games on Amazon. After launching in 2016, Gamely has created a total of five games, including Soundiculous and the brand new Frozen Unicorns. By Christmas, Gamely will have sold more than 100,000 units on Amazon’s stores to customers across the world. “Winning this public vote and this incredible prize feels amazing. We are excited to work closely with the Amazon team to take our growth to the next level and to help more families to put down their screens and spend more quality time laughing together,” said Hazel.
Exporting Small Business of the Year
Naissance founder Jem Skelding set up health and beauty brand Naissance in his bedroom in 2005, selling a collection of ethical, sustainable and organic beauty products. He now sells to customers in 90 countries, with packaging in five languages. Commenting on the award, Jem said: “Everyone in the team at Naissance is focussed on giving our customers a great experience wherever they are in the world – it’s something that we talk about on a daily basis. Winning Amazon’s Exporting Small Business of the Year is a huge reward for that effort and the whole team is very proud to have been recognised by our customers.”
Innovative Small Business of the Year
Disposable Green create environmentally-friendly tableware, straws and takeaway solutions that reduce dependence on plastic. The company, which is based in Ruislip, Middlesex, offers a vast range of 100% natural and home compostable products made from naturally fallen Areca palm leaves. Co-founder Santosh Gandhi, said: “Winning the Amazon Small Innovative Business of the Year Award has supercharged the whole team at Disposable Green. This is such a great opportunity and will help bring the business and our products to a whole new customer base.”
“We are incredibly proud that these inspiring businesses have chosen to sell and grow by selling on Amazon. The three winners exemplifying what small business success looks like – customer obsession and dedication to offering the best available products at great prices for our customers all over the world.”
– Simon Donegan, Head of UK Seller Services, Amazon
The three winning businesses will receive a prize package including six months of dedicated account management, £10,000 of Amazon advertising credit, and a trip to Amazon’s Seattle head office to meet senior business leaders. There they will learn more about the tools and services Amazon provides to help sellers grow and scale their businesses through 1-2-1 training.