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Small Business of the Year

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This category is for companies that are sole traders, micro businesses, 2-10 people, partnerships that over the last year have demonstrated strong growth, have a product or a service of a high standard that has a good leading edge on their competitors.

3 Lions Security Ltd

We have grown so fast which is down to our commitment to service and our fantastic hardworking staff. We have grown rapidly in Kettering due to our existing customers recommending our professional services. We have great relationships with our clients and staff alike and like to think we are different, We regularly have nights out to reward staff and have retained all our employees since day one. We also support a lot of local charities and do our best to support local community events.

We are well respected in the Kettering area and can forward testimonials should you need.

We have been told we are the best Security Company in Northants!

”3 Lions Security -Delivering excellence through a bespoke and professional security service that supports clients and provides assurance and certitude”

Audrey’s Bespoke Caterers

Starting off catering for small afternoon tea events, we now pride ourselves on growing into a full wedding & event caterers. We now also serve the corporate community and continue to grow in size & what we offer. We take immense care in where we source ingredients, & use as many local suppliers & locally produced ingredients as possible. We like to help promote some of the amazing produce available to us in the area by holding pop up themed events showcasing them. We work immensely hard at what we do, & continue with enthusiasm & ambition to continue to grow. We would take great pride in receiving this award & it would help the status of our business immensely. We thank those involved for the opportunity.

EmPower Fitness

I work as a sole trader and am dedicated to helping people learn to appreciate their bodies, gain self esteem and find a love of fitness. I take a community based approach to fitness that aims to enable my members to feel part of the family, take control of their own journey and consistently feel like they are achieving new things. We are surrounded by unrealistic images of perfection and I aim to support all of my clients to find their own perfection and appreciate the imperfect bits too.

Hair & Beauty@Juncti8n

After purchasing Hair & Beauty@Juncti8n last year, with the pressure, struggles and demands that went with it, we have not only come out the other side, but, won the Hair and Beauty Category in the Kettering Awards 2018,thanks to our lovely clients, but, we will not rest on our laurels.
The Salon has continued to expand its skills and treatment list through ongoing specialised training, including Hair Extensions and Assessors Certificate, achieved by Frances, so that we can now train the next generation of talented new Stylists. We are committed to continued training and several of our Stylists have been promoted throughout the year.
Whilst building our clientele list through consultation, referrals and recommendations, they have seen many improvements in lots of areas following the questionnaires designed by our clients, for our clients. We believe that our staff members are our most important resource and continue to invest in their future.
Here at Hair and Beauty@Juncti8n we know you are only as good as your last service and more importantly that our clients have a choice, that’s why we listen and value their input, loyalty and continued support.

Kolaine Beauty lounge Ltd

Kolaine Beauty Lounge is where the luxury is at. Our experienced and highly qualified team offer a variety of bespoke beauty treatments. Delivering all beauty salon services and cosmetic procedures, to NVQ apprenticeships, .The name says it all and the atmosphere within the beauty lounge reflects this perfectly. You can expect to be welcomed with a smile, feel at home within an instant, and be spoilt endlessly.
As a co-director at a previous salon for seven years, Kolaine went solo in 2015 and created her own business. Her home from home has since gone from strength to strength.
Initially a traditional beauty salon, the Lounge has blossomed to one of Northamptonshire’s leading training facilities within the beauty industry. Whist offering make-up and cosmetic procedures, they also specialise in Electrolysis and Advanced Cosmetic Procedures.
Kolaine Beauty Lounge works in association with Jane Bryan Training Academy providing regular learning opportunities to aspiring Beauty Therapists. With Icon Bridal located on the first floor, the establishment is the place to go for all of your preparations leading up to your big day. Looking for a hair salon too? The incredible Stacy James is available for your needs with the beauty salon. Kolaine Beauty lounge holds Bridal events twice a year bringing local business owners and members or the public together to help build something special for the community.

Linnie Fitness

Linnie Fitness is dedicated to helping people achieve their health & fitness goals.

After going through my own body and lifestyle transformation process I was inspired to help others achieve their goals.

Numerous services available via the most certified Personal Trainer in Kettering and the local area.

What makes Linnie Fitness stand out is that I care, and don’t see clients as just another number.

Linogiordano.com

We are a premium, high end fashion brand. All of our designs are custom made and bespoke. We, as a label, create everything from the start to the finish, from the art work on every print (which is then digitally transferred onto the chosen fabrics) right to the construction of the final garment. Our garments are made from luxurious fabrics such as satins and silks. You will not find any of our garments in any high end outlets as they are all are strictly bespoke..

Little Leaves Childcare

Little Leaves received our Ofsted approval in September 2018 with lots of preparation and hard work.
The childcare setting itself is run as a childminders by myself Katie and my assistant Charlie. Like other childminders I welcome the children into the comfort of my home meaning they feel comfortable and like an extension to the family however unlike other childminders I run the setting from a purpose built cabin too surrounded by outdoor learning opportunities for the children to include a sun bubble and mud kitchen bursting with authentic items for them to be curious about and be encouraged to use their imagination. We do get outdoors no matter what the weather as everything we choose to do each day is led by the child. Like everyone who starts a new business it has become my 4th baby after having 3 children of my own. Every thing I do I do for my 3 children and my Little Leaves and it shows. I soon filled the vacancies I had available in less than a week originally in September so I had to extend by taking on an assistant. Also within two weeks of announcing her start date we had reached full capacity again. Before our first trading year is over we are hoping to find the right candidate to become my second assistant so we can please some of those on our huge waiting list.

LW Dance

LW Dance began with a dream

To make others smile through a dance routine

Kicking the stereotypes right into touch

Provide a warm welcome when the nerves are too much

Regardless of fitness, capability or strength

You’ll feel safe in the studio, we go to all lengths

Leave ego’s at the door, we’re all the same here

No rhythm? No fitness? So what? Don’t fear!

We have formed a community that much is true

Take a dance class with us and then stay for a brew

We dance like no-one’s watching and really don’t care

If your make up is perfect or you forgot to do your hair

There’s nothing more rewarding than to watch someone grow

Watch them smile over time when they first appeared low

Gaining confidence as their fitness starts to bloom

And they realise how many friends they’ve made in the room

There’s something for everyone grown up’s and kids too

A child’s health is as important as it is for me and you

We cater for all, even putting on shows

A chance for a child and adult, to add more strings to their bow

We’re proud of who we are and how far we have come

Unlike many others, we’re about fitness AND fun

Our passion is infectious, our members want more

They start their journey nervous but soon they will soar

It’s not just about the physical but your mental health too

It’s a place to escape and simply be you

For fitness and fun come to LWD

Be fit, be you, but above all, just be!

Magnolia the Florist

With a well-established high street presence and celebrating our 15th anniversary, Magnolia the Florist’s past year has been focused on growing our online presence and expanding convenient floral services for local customers. Through launching our bespoke Letterbox Flowers service, our customers can easily send our exquisite bouquets across the UK no longer restricted to just our local delivery area. Carefully tailoring our online website to offer new services to meet growing online trends for flower ordering and customer demand for unique designs by independent retailers has resulted in a 38% increase in sales over a 9 month period.

Over the past year we have also been prominent in the local community, working with This is Kettering to celebrate Kettering life through a photography competition. We have focused on capturing our audience attention with engaging content on a mix of channels; helpful flower blogs on our website, highlighting global campaigns such as International Women’s Day and promoting local places in the community, eye catching window displays highlighting seasonal trends, reaching out to other local businesses to highlight our passion for flowers and service.

Looking to the year ahead, our emphasis will be on unique floral ideas, flower services and designs to inspire customers whilst looking at our impact on the environment. For us, the future is not only about growing as a business but the legacy we build for future generations. To help make even the smallest contribution to a more sustainable world is imperative to Magnolia the Florist. We are planning to expand our trialing to Eco flowers utilising clever recyclable packaging which reduces our labour time and means customers can recycle every inch of their wrapping.

The Mews Hair and Beauty Company

We’ve been trading for just under one year and have litterally gone from strength to strength were adding a training academy this year and expanding our staff. We are 4 girls, Wendy lattanzi, kerry blount, Joanna althorpe and Becky Howe. We are passionate about what we do and want to achieve so much more!

Next Step Podiatry

In 2013 Mar-ie Ferdinand and Emma Bell graduated from the University of Northampton and set up Next Step Podiatry to offer podiatry / chiropody services to the people of Kettering and surrounding areas.
This year we will be celebrating 6 successful years in business. We have expanded from renting a small room inside another business, to having our own premises and flourishing with both regular and new patients to offer a professional, personal and caring podiatry/ chiropody service
Over the last 6 years, we have helped many patients to become pain free and thousands to maintain their foot health by visiting us regularly.
We will be extremely grateful for every vote placed in our favor
We are proud to be a successful female run business thriving in Kettering and have all of our patients to thank for where find ourselves today.

Oak Lane Cleaning Company

Oak Lane Cleaning Company are a small family run business. We have the highest standards and we treat every home, office and holiday let as if it were our own. Started from a kitchen table and it has grown to employ ten staff. We are really proud to offer our staff flexible working which means that many of our staff are mothers and are able to work around being a Mum. The Director, Kadie, is a Mum to a 5 year old boy and so empathises with all women who want to have a career and be a really great, present parent.

Party Time Entertainments – By DJ Wayne Pryke

We have been using party time entertainments for past 4 years in kettering, they provided a wedding disco for me & my wife and bouncy castles for the childrens birthday parties every year. they always provide a fantastic service and will be using in the future.

Print N Go Shop

We are a small family run business, based in Charles St Kettering. We have been trading now for 2 years. We aim to provide high quality products at competitive prices with a quick turnaround time.
We go out of our way to make sure our customers are happy, and pride ourselves on the fact that if we say the job will be done, it WILL!!! No matter how late we say to complete the job.
We do General printing from Business Cards through to large format up to A0, Banners Roller Banners. Also, Clothing printing both Sublimation and vinyl, Mug printing, Lanyards etc.
Last year in the awards we had the pleasure of being runner up and this year we would love to win.

Renaissance Chauffeur Service

We have been operating for 13 months now. Since last year we have built a trust worthy and reliable chauffeur company. We have gained repeat business as well as new business, through out the year we have had fantastic 5 star customer feedback on google and the best of Kettering. We always deliver and over exceed all expectations of what is required from a chauffeur company. We have a fantastic relationship with all of our clients and our service can not be matched by any of our competitors.
Renaissance Chauffeur Service is a dynamic company which provides prestigious chauffeur driven experience to all our clients. We pride ourselves on attention to detail; our highly qualified chauffeurs are polite, courteous and discreet with a genuine passion for excellence. We are centrally located and cover the whole of the UK. We offer a wide range of services including airport, seaport & railway transfers and meet & greet service, business or corporate events, city transfers, sporting events and theatre trips, weddings and special occasions. We treat all of our clients with an unrivalled level of service and importance; whilst delivering a high level of service. We offer a 24 hour a day service, 7 days a week; to and from any UK destination, our service is guaranteed to fit your individual or company requirements.

The Bathroom Studio Kettering

Hidden Gem
The Bathroom Studio have been based in Kettering for over 30 years. Over this time the business and showroom has grown from strength to strength. From initially 2 showroom staff and 1 installer to now 4 showroom staff and 3 installation teams. Over the years we have become well known in the local area for our quality products and great customer experience.
Our main aim is to have a high level of professional service. Our design package has the latest technology including Virtual Reality and we also keep up to date with the latest trends on the industry to ensure we can offer the best possible options for our customers.
Our renovation service is highly regarded with many recommendations for our installers. Highly skilled and able to fit complete bathroom renovations including tiling, there are not many local tradesmen who can offer such a varied and high-level skill set.
We pride ourselves on only supplying materials which have been selected from British suppliers with manufacturing based principally in the UK and Europe.
We also work with the local community with ties to Rotary (sometimes raising money for international disasters) and Inner Wheel. On our birthday we raised over £3000 for charity some of which we donated to Cransley Hospice.
We look after our customers. For example; recently a customer who had their bathroom fitted over 20 years ago said her shower was not working. We popped round and on inspection found she needed just some parts which we fitted for her. Quick and easy for the customer and no disruption.
In a world of internet sales and large groups, we as a small business we are constantly evolving to ensure our company can offer that bit extra, customer service, a personal touch and a cup of tea!

The Bean Hive

The Bean Hive Ltd operates a shop on Kettering High Street. I am the sole diector with five part time staff. The shop is home to fifteen tenant traders who all pay rent, commission on sales and work a shift in the shop depending on the size of the area rented. The shop is run collectivly in that all traders have a say in how its run. Traders are resposible for various aspects of the business from the excellent social media accounts, the design work, visual merchandising to maintenance and health and safety issues. We share the costs and the work load which gives everyone the opportunity to trade right in the centre of town an area too expensive traditionally for a new independent retailer.

We opened the doors to our bright pink shop on 1st September 2018 we have had many hurdles to climb along the way. I had to purchase the freehold of the shop as there was too much work needed to occupy it as a tenant. This was a giant leap of faith in a town struggling as the national retialers including M&S were leaving. The sale was rather protracted which left only 4 months to complete the renovations and fit it out and fill it. With us all working around the clock we managed to open as planned. The shop has been a success from the minute it opened, exceeding the first years budget in the first four months. We have had an amazing response from Kettering with many customers telling us we are their favourite shop. We offer a colourful and fun shopping experience where customer service is of paramount importance. We have bucked the national and local trend by having continously good footfall. This has led to its own problems in that initially keeping up with such a high turnover of stock and the sheer number of customers was more than we could cope with. Now we have increased both orders and staff to deal with these issues.

Since opening we have had to deal with three floods, a collapsed drain and two break ins which were inconvenient and led to unscheduled costs however we dealt with them and managed not to lose even an hour of trading.

Initially we ran craft workshops in one of our upper rooms but it quickly became evident that we didn’t have time to concentrate on anything but the core business and indeed have recently expanded into another upper room. We recently opened our niche sweary shop Upstairs at Sweary Marys which is already proving popular and a new baby department in the barn.

Our planned move to online sales had to be delayed as we were too busy to cope with it.. Our next phase however will see the business moving to online sales too.. We have many events planned over the next few months to promote the business, entertain our loyal customer base and forge links with the local community.

A business is only ever as good as its staff and we are fortunate to have an amazing team of committed staff and traders. We believe that Independent retailers will save the High street, as the large retailers consolidate their businesses, move online or to out of town sites. Our first eight months trading have proved that if you take the leap and offer quality products, a pleasurable shopping experience and something a little different then customers will follow and return time after time.

The Bean Hive is an exceptional small business quite unlike anything else locally. We have had the most amazing first eight months of trading and we believe that this will continue to flourish and grow over the next few years. We offer old fashioned style customer service which is rarely seen today which our customers seem to appreciate.

The Film Cell

If you love movies and collect film memorabilia, toys and merchandise, particularly Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel and Disney then vote for us.

We are a family run independent business who are specialists in movie/TV mercahndise. We have one of the largest selection of Funko POP vinyl figures for sale in the area. 15 years ago we decided to start selling the products that we love via our website. Last year we opened our first shop in Warkton as there was nothing like this in the area and we wanted to bring an independent toy and collectables shop to the Borough of Kettering.

With 3 rooms full of merchandise from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Disney, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and loads more. We are looking to expand in the near future and offer even more products. We currently sell, movie replicas, figures, Funko POPs, Harry Potter wands, Pokemon, clothing, Homeware and loads more.

We also attend comic cons around the UK from London to Scotland and often do more local events too.

The Mark Method

Helping people has always been within my nature and since devoting myself to the Health and Fitness industry aged 17, I’ve been able to help so many individuals. Since starting out I’ve been committed to developing my skillset and knowledge to make my business reach its potential, now aged 24 my passion is still going strong and I’m proud to be my own boss.

The Mark Method offers various services, including Personal Training, Nutritional Coaching and Powerlifting Coaching, but I stand out because I’m also a qualified Intrinsic Biomechanics Coach; currently Northamptonshire’s only one. Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws of the movement and structure of the body. My work involves gaining understanding of how your body moves and how it can move more efficiently. This service can reduce the risk of injury and combat common, and preventable, physical ailments such as back pain etc.

My services can be utilised on their own or together, I’ve also worked in unison with professionals such as physiotherapists to provide the best possible outcomes for my clients. Regardless of which service you opt for, my goal is to teach you more about yourself. I enjoy educating people on how to alter lifestyles in an empowering way to meet personal goal(s) without drastic changes. I often share informative content through YouTube and focus on sustainable long-term solutions.

Vote for The Mark Method because my business offers years of experience, unique services, and strives to continually innovate. I am driven to provide the best for my clients as they’re at the centre of my business. The Mark Method is registered as a Limited company, however it’s just myself living and breathing the business as it’s more than a business to me; it’s my hobby, my obsession, my avenue for genuine job satisfaction.

Wheel Marques Ltd

With an investment of over £150k, Wheel Marques has a state of the art alloy wheels facility which is unique to Kettering area. All of the equipment has been purchased locally, and ,many items made in Northamptonshire. Currently employing 3 members of staff and delivery exceptional quality refurbished wheels which are powder coated and expensive diamond cut alloys are resurfaced on a CNC lathe at normally a 10th of the price of a new wheel. The company can also straighten alloy wheels and offers a collection and delivery service. The facilities has a customer friendly environment and the owner has a passion for cars, motorsport and making sure customers are always communicated to via text, images and phone calls. Actively using social media to promote the services and giving real examples of the high quality repair work undertaken. The owner has researched the sector and now has a fantastic market leading, modern and well planned out facility which utilizes space and offers the motorist a very cost effective alternative to new wheels. As a new start up business, customers have commented on how professional the company operates, and this is demonstrated through processes and through the high standards of operation.

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