Children’s publisher Nosy Crow has beaten hundreds of small businesses to be crowned Small Business of the Year at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014 today (Wednesday 3rd September).
In addition to being awarded the title, Nosy Crow receives 50,000 Nectar points and a £2,000 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to receive tailored expert business advice from judge Karen Brady OBE.
Kate Wilson, founder of Nosy Crow, said she was “thrilled” with the win. She added: “After a successful 25-year career in corporate publishing, it was a big risk to take the plunge and go independent… particularly in the middle of a deep recession! But we had a really clear sense that there was a market for high-quality parent-friendly and child-focused books and apps.
“In just four years, we’ve won awards, sold our books internationally and we’re currently the 16th biggest publisher of children’s books in the UK in terms of sales out of shops. Winning this award is a fantastic acknowledgement of our hard work and resilience, a great validation of the steps we are making in innovative digital children’s publishing, and a celebration of the hugely talented authors and illustrators who we work with.”
Judged by a panel of experts, including leading businesswomen and star of BBC One’s “The Apprentice”, Karren Brady CBE, the awards celebrate the achievements of successful businesses and business people across the UK.
Wilson, former group c.e.o. of Headline Publishing, established Nosy Crow in 2010. The company was named Children’s Publisher of the Year for two consecutive years at the 2012 and 2013 Independent Publishing Awards, and recently received the 2014 Stationer’s Company Innovation Excellence Award.