Hippychick a family owned nursery accessories business based in Bridgwater Somerset are this morning celebrating being crowned best SME at the South West Business Awards . The news was announced at a ceremony held in Swindon last night.
The best SME in the South West Award was collected by Co-Managing Director of Hippychick, Jeremy Minchin (picture to follow) and coincides with Hippychick’s celebration of its 20th year in business in 2019. Hippychick was also a finalist in the Employer of the Year Awards category.
The South West Business and Community Awards are designed to recognise businesses, charities, and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution in the region. The nominations were judged by a panel of luminaries in the business world including Jackie Chappell (first women CEO of British Rail), Entrepreneur Alison Edgar and James Phipps, Chairman of Excalibur.
Hippychick, a £3.5 million turnover business, founded by Julia Minchin twenty years ago with its flagship product the Hippychick Hipseat, now employs 17 members of staff and distributes 1300 product lines, many of which are exclusive to Hippychick in the UK.
Commenting on the award win, Jeremy Minchin said:’ It’s been tough for the last couple of years with the market uncertainty surrounding Brexit and this continues to have a damaging impact on our business. But we are weathering the storm and have a fantastic team of people to help us navigate through it. It’s great news to win this award not only in our twentieth year, but amidst so many gloomy announcements about business prospects in the UK. Hippychick has been based in Somerset for the past twenty years. We intend to remain here and continue to be part of the UK business community for many more years to come.’