The Independent Awards 2021

Business for Good Award

This award was won by Unhidden who received a cash prize of £10,000, and the Runner-up was Refuge Chocolate who received £5,000.

As a reminder, the Business for Good Award is to celebrate those truly purpose-led businesses with positivity at their core. It’s for the really good eggs — those who act in a positive way for our people, communities or planet, and encourage others to do the same.


The Winner


A socially responsible, adaptive and universal fashion brand for people with disabilities. Founder Victoria’s main goal is to focus on representation for people who are facing the disability problem and providing beautiful options so that people have more choice than to wear pyjamas.

The Runner-Up

Refuge Chocolate

The social enterprise Refuge Chocolate make freedom flighting, ethically produced chocolate to help end slavery. They exist to support survivors of human trafficking, donate proceeds to Flourish NI and provide work opportunities for survivors to help them gain greater independence.

Nominees and Finalists

Each of these independent business has been selected for being outstanding in this category. Which is your favourite?

Dream On

Started by two mums in lockdown, Dream On make colourful, positive, limited-edition clothes to spark imagination and start conversation. Organic and made in factories that care, with profits donated to charity.

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for peat’s sake!

A graduate-founded brand of innovative, high quality peat-free compost, made from a sustainably-sourced waste product; coconut husk.

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The Beeswax Wrap Co.

Born in Fran’s kitchen, The Beeswax Wrap Co. is an eco-friendly business and community. Each beeswax wrap is handcrafted, and they are recognised as one of B Corp’s Best For The World for building a business for good.

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bigmoose coffee co.

‘Leaving the world better than they found it’ is the goal and mission of bigmoose coffee co. They work to support people with their mental health with a huge focus on the prevention of homelessness and suicide.

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Ebury by Fat Macy’s

Ebury by Fat Macy’s is a mission driven restaurant serving Middle-Eastern-inspired sharing plates. Their restaurant works with social enterprise Fat Macy’s, which helps people living in temporary accommodation move out of hostels.

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Electric Daisy Flower Farm

Electric Daisy Flower Farm grow organic flowers on their female-led regenerative flower farm in Somerset to supply their shop in Highgate. Their flowers are free from pesticides, chemical fertilisers and plastic packaging.

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Frankie has repurposed French vintage tapestries since 2015 and gives them a second life through her collection of unique upcycled fashion and accessories. Each piece is handmade, turning these treasures into wearable art.

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Fund design embroidered knitwear with powerful and meaningful statements. Their jumpers help support small independent farmers and reduce poverty by providing 100 school meals for children in 19 countries with every jumper sold.

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Good Candles

Good Candles is here to change a £2billion candle industry and give 10% of all sales to charity and good causes. Premium candles, beautifully illustrated packaging, and hand-poured in Kent, setting fire to money never felt so good!

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Happy Crackers

Happy Crackers create reusable, heirloom, fabric crackers. Over 40 million crackers are thrown away globally each year, so Happy Crackers encourage a more sustainable swap. They are for Life – not just for Christmas!

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Laura Nevill

Laura creates hand painted artworks to spread messages that highlight mental health and promote positivity. She is pushing for more opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists through her #LetsDoLondonBetter campaign.

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MELIOR creates jobs for people with disabilities, liberates UK homes from waste and toxins and helps the UK reduce its carbon footprint through refillable bioactive powered cleaning products in glass packaging for life.

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Rowdy Kind

Rowdy Kind is raising the bath bar with their award winning range of plastic free bodycare products, handmade specifically for kids’ sensitive skin. Join these two mums on their inspiring mission to make bathtime plastic free!

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Small Stuff UK

An eco-conscious children’s store selling beautiful, traceable, and ethically made products. A leader of change and a Planet Mark certified business, Small Stuff also donates a proportion of profits to environmental charities.

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The Good Store

The Good Store is an organic store that offers customers a plastic-free shopping experience. Brought together by sisters passionate about sustainable shopping, they support local and female owned businesses and organic farming.

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The Level Collective

They place people and planet before profit, with clothing crafted in Britain and beyond from organic, recycled ingredients. Encouraging reconnection with nature and inspiring conscious choices, their orders are posted by vulnerable adults.

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The Wood Life Project

The Wood Life Project makes wooden products for the family home, which are manufactured in the UK using British wood. They employ prisoners to hand-finish the products and support charitable causes, too.

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On a mission to create a world without children’s clothing waste, founder Charlotte has built the UK’s first shared wardrobe for kids. It’s ethical, sustainable and gorgeous, and it makes heroic parents’ lives a whole lot easier.

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Other Award Categories

Don't forget you can vote for one business in each category

Small Business of the Year

Exceptional all-round small business superstar

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Female Founder Award

Unstoppable spirit, brilliant business, paving the way

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Modern Crafter Award

Pure creative crafter with skill, talent and technique

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High Street Award

The heart of our high street, the soul of our community

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