FedEx Express has announced the finalists for its Small Business Grant contest in the UK.
Competing for a grand prize of £20,000, the finalists have entered the final competition stage by successfully outlining their ambitions to expand into international markets and their plans for future growth.
Shortlisting ten entries, the companies have been selected across a range of industries and include:
An ethical sportswear brand that sells clothing and accessories made from recycled bottles, mixed coffee grounds and more. Sundried is located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Rockit is an attachable accessory that gently rocks your child’s pram or pushchair while on the go. Rockit is located in Bristol.
Suzero hand-make tasty low sugar snack bars. They are free from artificial sweeteners and the flavours are completely natural. They are located in Peterborough.
Juta Shoes employ marginalised women to hand-make shoes from jute, an environmentally friendly fibre. They are located in Bethnal Green, East London.
They have invented flush-away wound dressings and soluble wipes, reducing sewer blockages and helping protect the marine environment. They are located in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
Naturally Tribal use natural ingredients from Africa to manufacture their organic skincare products. They are in Milton Keynes.
Victoria Eggs manufactures quintessentially British homeware and gifts, made from eco-friendly materials. Victoria Eggs is located in Kingston Upon Thames, London.
The Clean Kilo is a zero-waste supermarket where customers fill their own containers with products from the store, as an attempt to reduce the use of plastic packaging. The Clean Kilo is located in Birmingham.
Iam By Nature sends you various skincare products for you to mix at home, allowing you to have full control of what going into your skincare treatment. Iam By Nature is located in Kensington, London.
Sadler Jones is a luxury stationery company that uses eco-friendly FSC paper to manufacture. They are based in Cardiff, Wales.
“This year we received a significant number of entries for the FedEx Small Business Grant and identifying our ten finalists was as challenging as ever. It’s fantastic to see the number of small businesses looking to expand beyond their local markets and it speaks volumes about the strength of the SME community in the UK”, said Martin Davidian, Managing Director Sales Enterprise National, FedEx Express and TNT.
“There’s a whole world of opportunity out there, and at FedEx we want to provide small businesses with greater support and guidance to tap into new markets and explore international possibilities. We look forward to crowning the winner.”
The next stage of the competition will see the selected finalists further detailing their international growth plans and presenting these to a panel of local business experts,
including Martin Davidian, David Prosser and Benjamin Edmonds. The winner and runner up of the competition will be announced on 24 January 2019.
The FedEx Small Business Grant contest is in its third year in Europe. This year it has been activated in five markets: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
FedEx plays an important role in connecting small businesses with a world of opportunities through the strength of its global network of more than 220 countries and territories. Offering a range of tailored shipping solutions to small businesses, FedEx provides peace of mind enabling them to focus on their core business.