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Will Carriages Café at Newark Castle Station be summoned for the Small Awards ball?

Carriages Café at Newark Castle Station has been shortlisted for the Heart of Gold at this year’s Small Awards.

In its fifth 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 small businesses in the UK.

Carriages Café was founded by Wendy Baird four years ago and has become a central hub for the community.

Wendy Baird and her daughter Abigail at Carriages Cafe. (46448361)
Wendy Baird and her daughter Abigail at Carriages Cafe. (46448361)

Although closed to the public, it has been busy supporting those in need throughout the lockdown.

It has been chosen as one of five finalists for the award that recognises the small businesses that contribute a bit extra to their community. Working with other small businesses, local charities, schools, local councils or residents, they have achieved great things.

Wendy Baird said: “With the help of lots of fabulous volunteers we have been able to provide thousands of meals for people that have been isolated over the past year and it is with immense pride that this has been recognised by the awards panel.”

With 11 categories, the Small Awards celebrate the dynamism of the UK’s small business sector, across everything from long-standing family businesses and innovation-led start-ups, to social enterprise champions.

Michelle Ovens, founder of Small Business Britain, said: “After what has been a difficult year for the whole small business community, it has been inspirational to hear about phenomenal small businesses across the UK, and the determination and resilience they have shown throughout the pandemic.”

Judged by a panel of leading enterprise experts, the winners of all categories, along with the overall winner of Small Business of the Year, will be announced on May 13.

It will be held virtually.

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