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Kent Entrepreneur Wins Award For UKs Smallest and Greatest Firm

Small-Awards-2024

Club Hub UK has been crowned Britain’s best Digital small business at The Small Awards. Club Hub is the UK’s largest kid’s activities directory for antenatal to 18 years. Millions of parents and carers use our website and app for free and we support thousands of children’s activity providers across the UK.

A business from Swanley, Kent, Club Hub UK, which is the UK’s largest kid’s activities directory for antenatal to 18 years was celebrated as best Digital business at this year’s Small Awards.

Club Hub UK won the award which recognises small businesses that operate only through digital channels. The award celebrates strong use of digital channels to engage customers, innovation in web design and functionality, and growth in audience over time.

Owner Tessa Day, who founded Club Hub UK in 2016, was awarded at a sparkling celebration event in central London, hosted by presenter, writer, actor and comedian, Sue Perkins.

“After graduating from drama school I created “Tessa’s Jazz Hands”, a weekly musical theatre club for primary aged children. I initially struggled to promote my club to the local community. The main advertising options were traditional methods, such as parent magazines and handing out flyers at school gates, the cost and practicalities of these were prohibitive. This is how the idea for Club Hub came about, an online directory where parents can input their location, child’s age, and interest, and a list of results come up in geographical order. In 2016, at the age of 23, I launched the Club Hub website and app. 

Club Hub is now the largest kid’s activities directory in the UK, it offers kids activity providers an essential platform to promote their businesses to parents and carers online. Parents can locate kids clubs and activities for new-borns to 18 years, anywhere in the UK, on our website or app. 

In 2023, we updated the website, improving the customer search experience with more readable fonts and a popular categories carousel on the homepage. We made the call to action more prominent, which increases referrals and improves the website for our children’s activity provider membership.”

Club Hub UK said “I am passionate about the children’s activities sector and I enjoy being a spokesperson for it. I apply for awards for recognition and awareness for my business and to benefit the membership community that I support. Thank you to Small Business Britain for an amazing evening at the Small Awards. It was incredible to be among so many fantastic small businesses and celebrate all their successes”.

In its eighth 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 5.5 million small firms. Ninety small business were shortlisted across 11 Small Award categories, from ‘digital stars’, to ‘high street heroes’ and mission-driven businesses with a ‘heart of gold’.

Club Hub UK won the award alongside 10 other winning small firms from across the UK.

“Congratulations to Club Hub UK, who impressed our team and judges with their story of drive and innovation, and dedication to their community,” said Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain and the Small Awards.

“We are delighted to have celebrated with them at such a beautiful event that shines a much-needed light on so many extraordinary entrepreneurs, like Tessa, and their fabulous businesses.” 

Minister for Small Business Kevin Hollinrake MP, who attended The Small Awards and presented the Small Business of the Year Award said:

“The Small Awards are a reminder of the innovation and tenacity that makes the UK’s small businesses the best in the world. I congratulate this year’s winners on their well-deserved awards and wish them every success for the future.” 

The Small Awards are judged by a panel of leading enterprise experts. Guests at the event were treated to a dazzling display of entertainment by Europe’s largest gay male choir, the London Gay Men’s Chorus, along with fine food and drink by independent caterers.

To find out more about the winners visit https://thesmallawards.uk/index.aspx#theAwards.

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