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Hippychick defies Brexit impact to be crowned best SME at business awards

Family-owned nursery accessories business Hippychick has defied the impact of Brexit uncertainty to be crowned best SME at the South West Business Awards.

The business, based in Bridgwater in Somerset, are celebrating being crowned best SME at the awards, which coincided with Hippychick’s celebration of its 20th year in business in 2019.

The South West Business and Community Awards are designed to recognise businesses, charities, and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution in the region.

Hippychick is a £3.5 million turnover business which was founded by Julia Minchin twenty years ago. It now employs 17 members of staff and distributes 1300 product lines, many of which are exclusive to Hippychick in the UK.

“It’s been tough for the last couple of years with the market uncertainty surrounding Brexit and this continues to have a damaging impact on our business,” said co-director Jeremy Minchin, commenting on the award win.

“But we are weathering the storm and have a fantastic team of people to help us navigate through it. It’s great news to win this award not only in our twentieth year, but amidst so many gloomy announcements about business prospects in the UK. Hippychick has been based in Somerset for the past twenty years and we intend to remain here and continue to be part of the UK business community for many more years to come.”

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