Following an extremely busy January, Chu Lo Drinks received the amazing news that the Founder, Stephanie Buttery had been shortlisted as a Regional Finalist for North West’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The awards were established by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that smaller businesses and the self-employed make to the UK.
The FSB Awards are a celebration of all things small business and included nominations from across the North West. The full list can be found here, the FSB Awards website. The regional final took place in the Midland Hotel in Manchester and aside from being a wonderful event, provided some excellent networking opportunities. There were a total of 8 nominees for the Regional Young Entrepreneur Award. In addition to Chu Lo, the nominees ranged from Escape Rooms to Accountancy firms, all of whom had incredible stories and undoubtedly influencing young people to get into business. The Regional Award was given to Stephanie on stage and some of the judge’s feedback from the FSB included:
‘Chu Lo is a brand with a great story.’
‘Stephanie has used council and government-run initiatives to great effect and the progress Chu Lo has made in their first year is inspiring.’
Stephanie will be joined by 12 other finalists for a sparkling National Final in Battersea on 23rd May.
So what does it mean to win? Stephanie Buttery, Chu Lo Founder said:
“It was a complete surprise, there are some truly impressive Young Entrepreneurs in the North West. I am overjoyed to have won this award.”
For any Start-Up business, breaking through the noise of bigger brands is a real challenge. The FSB holding awards allow all kinds of businesses to gain external validation for their enterprise and without a doubt, the nomination alone is a huge achievement for any brand. Moreover having a separate award for Young Entrepreneurs means that founders can benchmark against similar start-ups. Most importantly the awards allow founders to take a minute to celebrate their achievement. Something founders are notoriously bad at!