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Nottinghamshire’s Matthew’s Preserved Shortlisted for Small Awards

Matthew’s Preserved has been selected as a finalist for the UK’s top Sole to Sole Award for best self-employed small business owner, following a record number of applicants

4th APRIL 2022: Matthew’s Preserved based in Calverton, Nottingham has been shortlisted for the Sole to Sole Award for best self-employed small business owner at this year’s Small Awards.

Now in its sixth year, The Small Awards is a nationwide search for the smallest and greatest firms in the UK, across all sectors. It is organised annually by Small Business Britain, which champions, inspires and accelerates the nation’s 6 million small firms.

Matthew’s Preserved was founded in 2019 and aims to deliver speciality chutneys along with family favourite sweet preserves. Following a record-breaking number of applications, it has been chosen as one of eight finalists for the Sole to Sole Award for best self-employed small business owner that recognises sole traders and celebrates the tenacity and drive it takes to go it alone.

With eleven unique categories, the Small Awards celebrate the dynamism and resilience of the UK’s small business sector, across everything from mission-led start-ups, to longstanding family firms, to the nation’s leading sole traders.

 “The Small Awards is an opportunity to applaud all the inspiring, positive things that these fabulous, finalist entrepreneurs have achieved over the last year, particularly as we start to move forwards once again,” said Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain.

“The phenomenal number of applications, and their incredibly high standard, has been fantastic to see. Matthew’s Preserved should be extremely proud of being shortlisted for this award. The Small Awards is all about championing and spotlighting the nation’s small firms, and we’re so excited to finally be able to celebrate with them again in person this year.”

 Matthew, owner of Matthew’s Preserved says:

‘The last two years have been especially hard for all traders, so be shortlisted for this unique award is very exciting for the business. Even if the business doesn’t win, to be acknowledged amongst other successful sole traders is an honour.’

This award is specifically for sole traders and celebrates the tenacity and drive it takes to go it alone. The winning sole trader will demonstrate considerable progression, a sense of contributing to their community and a sense of purpose for their future. They will demonstrate excellence in all areas of the business, being excellent multi-taskers as all sole traders are.

Judged by a panel of enterprise experts, the winners of all categories, along with the overall winner of Small Business of the Year, will be announced on 19 May 2022.

After being held online for two years due to the pandemic, the awards ceremony will return in person this year to take place at St John’s Church in London. Plans are underway for a fun-filled night of celebrations, with small business owners and industry leaders coming together for an evening of inspiring speeches, entertainment, dinner and more!



Notes to Editors

About The Small Awards

The Small Awards, launched in 2017, targets the whole small business sector focusing on businesses often overlooked by other awards.

The Small Awards is run by Small Business Britain, the UK’s leading champion of small businesses, supporting all 6 million small businesses in the UK – no matter their location, their sector, or their ambition level.

Through a series of reports, events and campaigns, Small Business Britain champions, inspires and accelerates small businesses in the UK to foster growth and increased confidence.

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About Matthew’s Preserved

Matthew’s Preserved was launched in 2019 in the rural setting of Calverton, Nottinghamshire. Since then, the business has been punching above its weight by collecting numerous food awards and being shortlisted for high profile awards, such as this. The business was launched because the owner, Matthew had a mental breakdown in his previous job, and to try and fill the gap of unemployment started to sell his chutneys and jams. Three years down the line, the business is gaining momentum, stocking 20 independent shops and a large chain garden centre. All products are still made in the home environment, with the house slowly being taken over, jar by jar!


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