LendingCrowd and Thrive win big at British Business Awards 2019

Small business lender LendingCrowd and digital health agency Thrive walk away with two awards each at this year’s British Business Awards 2019

Small business lender LendingCrowd and digital health marketing agency Thrive were the big winners at yesterday’s British Business Awards 2019.

Thrive, whose clients include Johnson & Johnson, walked away with two awards; one for the best work/life balance while director Daphne Metland won Female Business Owner (digital communications).

Meanwhile LendingCrowd, which has lent over £66m to small business over the past six years, won both Alternative Finance Provider and Business Lender.

In total 255 individuals and businesses were nominated for the British Business Awards 2019, which are now in their fourth year.

Yesterday’s event was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in central London where nearly 300 guests were on hand to celebrate the best of British business.

Childcare group Fennies Day Nursery and Preschool, which runs 11 children’s day care centres across southern England, won the prestigious Better Business Award.

Dane Hardie, head of commercial at Fennies, said: “For us, this award represents where we’ve come as a business over the past five years. I think the British Business Awards are fantastic with a huge amount of diversity in the businesses that are here. Coming from an industry where women make up 90pc of our workforce, that’s hugely important.”

Emma’s Music Tuition, a tiny music school based in Aireborough, Leeds, lifted the prize for Young Business Owner, while diversity-conscious media agency The Unmistakables won the BAME Business Award.

British Business Awards

Here are the winners in full:

Accountancy software provider


Accounts and tax adviser


Alternative Finance Provider


Technology provider


Insurance provider


Business bank account

Lloyds Banking Group

Business lender

Lending Crowd

E-commerce platform

OTTY Sleep

Female Business Owner (digital communications)

Daphne Metland – Thrive

Most Innovative Business Idea (tech)


Sustainable Business Practice Award

Button & Sprung

Female Business Owner (fashion)

Jo Tutchener Sharp – Scamp & Dude

Most Innovative Business Idea (general)

Sole Bliss

Technology Business


Female Business Owner (health and wellness)

Get a Drip

BAME Business Award

The Unmistakables

The Work/Life Balance Award


Young Business Owner

Emma Illingworth – Emma’s Music Tuition

Business Advocate

Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton, Mums in Business Association

The Better Business Award


Judges this year included Choice FM founder Yvonne Thompson CBE; Natasha Frangos, head of media, creative & technology at Haysmacintyre; Kerrie Gordon, area director Lloyds Banking Group; Charlie Walker, founder/managing director of Harmonic Finance; Ian Wallis, founder of entrepreneur members club Venturer’s Club; and Lawrence Gosling, editorial director of SmallBusiness.co.uk publisher Bonhill Group

Salesforce was the headline sponsor while End Youth Homelessness was this year’s charity sponsor. Other sponsors included 123 Reg, GoDaddy, Haysmacintrye and Lloyds Banking Group.

Further reading

2018 British Small Business Awards winners revealed

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Tim Adler

Tim Adler is group editor of Small Business, Growth Business and Information Age. He is a former commissioning editor at the Daily Telegraph, who has written for the Financial Times, The Times and the...