Munchy Play, a start-up launched by a Mum during lockdown, has been named ‘Start-Up Business of the Year’ in the London category, at the prestigious Federation of Small Business Awards (FSB) this March.
Founder and CEO, Sophia was awarded for her innovative kids’ plate with a built-in track, which helps to overcome mealtime struggles. Since launching in lockdown in 2020, the business has helped thousands of families, and recently partnered with Mattel to create a new Thomas & Friends™ collection.
The FSB Awards took place at The Royal Horseguards in London, judged by a panel of leading business experts. Hosted by BBC presenter Jason Rosam, the high-profile event aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of small businesses and the self-employed throughout the UK.
Sophia CEO of Munchy Play, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the Federation of Small Business’ as the Start-Up of the Year. London is a melting pot of innovation, creative talent and pioneering entrepreneurs; to be considered amongst them is nothing short of an honour.
“Although we live in challenging times, it’s also an enterprising time. Munchy Play kids’ plates were designed to help make mealtimes more enjoyable – an issue so many parents with young children face. With nothing quite like it on the market, I decided to manufacturer it myself. Every piece of recognition or support goes a long way – so a huge thanks to FSA and all the sponsors for supporting the start-up community.”
The award was sponsored by Cashplus Bank.
Some of the winners at the FSB Awards, London include:
- Start-up business – Munchy Play
- Wellbeing business – Enabled Living
- Family business – Online Lubricants
- High growth business – Ignition Law
- Micro business – CI Projects
- Digital E-commerce business – Initially London
- Community business – The UK Sapphire Foundation
- Young entrepreneur – Sahan Cares
According to the Office for National Statistics, a staggering 407,510 businesses launched in lockdown, making it a record year for the start-up community. The FSB Awards aim to recognise many of these, across its 12 regional awards.
FSB is a non-profit organisation and the UK’s leading business campaigner, established over 40 years ago. It makes real change happen for members and the wider small business community. More information about the event can be found at: https://www.fsbawards.co.uk