2015 Winners

Angela Berry, an entrepreneur and mother of two who founded The Lampshade Company, has a passion for designing and making lampshades. Starting from her spare bedroom, Angela established the business in 2011 with a small online eBay shop. Demand was high and it was clear that Angela could take her idea to the next level, so she commissioned a purpose built studio and took on her first two employees.

In April 2015, The Lampshade Company won the Gold Award for Small Business Website at the Essex Digital Awards as a result of Angela’s hard work designing her website. In December 2014, The Lampshade Company was also featured on Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover. In 2016 The Lampshade Company won the Small Business of the Year Award at the Essex Business Awards.

“The judges have been very helpful; their strategic approach has really helped me make the most out of the prize fund available. I’m truly grateful for all the support I have received from each and every judge and would encourage any business who fits the criteria to apply!”


2014 Winners

The Foraging Fox is a business start-up within the food industry, based in Bishop’s Stortford on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, led by Frankie Fox and Desiree Parker. The company, which produces The Foraging Fox Beetroot Ketchup, had an extraordinarily successful launch at The Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2014.

Both Directors are extremely passionate and committed to making The Foraging Fox become a household name and can draw on their extensive expertise and experience across the financial and legal sectors.

After the successful launch of the ketchup The Foraging Fox had to double its initial scaled batch to meet demand for the product generated. Over 66% of the retailers who bought the ketchup in the soft launch before the Speciality and Fine Food Fair, re-ordered within a month, with the average re-order having an almost 200% increase on the original.

“Winning THE ONE Competition in 2014 was an incredible experience from start to finish. It has given us the platform to grow at a faster rate than we could ever have anticipated. To have have such a wealth of experience and talent behind you is simply invaluable.”


2013 Winners

Raw Nibbles is a young, British company, dedicated to creating nutritious yet delicious treats. Based in Glemsford, Suffolk, the company creates raw nibbles which are absolutely delicious, whilst very healthy, without compromising on flavour.

Established in 2012 by husband and wife team Soph and Ian Simmonds, Raw Nibbles came into fruition as a result of the couple’s mutual love of cooking and a desire to discover chocolate that was free from both beet or cane sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Initially the couple tried their hand at chocolatiering using a small, chocolate making kit but they struggled to get excited about the idea of raw, sin-free chocolate and had low taste expectations. However it didn’t take them long to realise that actually raw, healthy treats can be just as sweet and delicious if prepared in the right way. From there they combined Ian’s ten years of professional Chef experience, and Soph’s creativity to experiment and create their range of delicious raw treats! All of Raw Nibbles’ products are free from dairy, wheat, gluten, egg, soya and beet or cane sugar, and are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

“Winning THE ONE Competition has taught us a lot about how different aspects of our business needed to work in order to thrive. The feedback and help from the judges all the way through the process was invaluable. Our brand is much stronger, the website looks fantastic and the support we received from all the companies involved was beyond expectation. We'd highly recommend applying to THE ONE Competition as it can give you such a high level of support at a vital point in your businesses' growth.”

Raw Nibbles is now run by Liz Slingsby.


2012 Winners

The “A-OK Care Monitor” is a new and unique device for helping to keep a remote but discreet ‘eye’ on lone or vulnerable individuals. Its main purpose is to make you aware via a text message when someone has had a fall or becomes incapacitated.

This compact device also includes other important alarm features all in the one neat package. As well as detecting falls and incapacitation, the A-OK Care Monitor can also help with at-risk wandering, room temperature and power cut issues within the home. Switching to a security system when the house is empty, this all-in-one device will provide local authorities and concerned relatives with a comprehensive care package at a cost effective price.


2011 Winners

Suffolk based brewers Calvors stood head and shoulders above the crowd in THE ONE Competition 2011. Located on a family farm in Suffolk, the company produces great tasting lagers using locally grown and malted barley. Calvors, established in 2008, pay particular attention to traditional quality brewing methods which made the company stand out amongst the other competitors. Calvors also attracted the attention of the judges because they champion the lager market which still has a niche existence within the ale industry.


The Rose & Crown

2010 Winners

Based in Great Horkesley, near Colchester, The Rose & Crown made a lasting impression on the judges over the course of THE ONE Competition in 2010. Patron and head chef Edward Halls, established the pub with the objective of providing high quality, handmade food with an emphasis on locally produced and sourced ingredients.

After taking over the site in March 2010, Ed’s entrepreneurial skills were put to work creating a second to none dining experience and a carefully crafted menu. In future, Ed hopes to open a chain of gastro pubs and it is his obvious determination and passion for The Rose & Crown which made his business THE ONE 2010.

“Winning THE ONE Competition meant a great deal to everyone at the Rose & Crown. All the services provided by the judges were invaluable to us, which allowed me to have more free time to focus on my business and the cooking. The judges knowledge played a large role in helping to increase brand awareness about the Rose & Crown and to increase footfall to the pub. I am truly grateful for winning THE ONE Competition and everyone's support I received. Every start-up business should take the time to apply for the competition, you will never look back.”