The judges appointed by RealBusiness said,
It’s been an amazing year for us and we’re delighted to this week claim another national business accolade, at this leading ceremony in central London.
A massive thank you to all those who are part of the Barking Mad community and have joined our success story, supporting us over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We’re over the moon to make Kirkby Lonsdale proud, confirming our place as the UK’s favourite dog sitting company.
Here’s what the national press are saying about us:
Barking Mad, has won a prestigious Amazon Growing Business Award at a national ceremony in London. Barking Mad saw off competition from hundreds of entrepreneurs and businesses from across the UK to claim the top prize.
The awards backed by the CBI are the most established and respected national recognition programme for SMEs and entrepreneurial success, with previous VIP guests including Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The event was hosted by Rob Beckett, stand-up comedian and regular on television panel shows, ‘8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and ‘Mock the Week’.
The 2016 event, held at The Brewery in London, received nominations from over 500 SMEs from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Speaking after picking up the award, Lee Dancy, Founder and Managing Director said: “It’s incredibly exciting to go from putting up a poster in 2000 asking for a dog-sitter, to standing here tonight with the accolade of Micro Business of the Year, for our leading dog-sitting business. It’s a fantastic achievement for everyone at Barking Mad and it’s a great feeling to be rewarded at the Amazon Growing Business Awards. I’m excited to get back to Kirkby Lonsdale, to share the award with our talented team (including Lotti, our office dog!).”
Speaking in support of the Amazon Growing Business Awards, Tom Thackray, CBI Director of Innovation, added:
“The CBI is delighted to support the Amazon Growing Business Awards, championing the vibrant network of SMEs as they undergo their scale-up journey. We wish all those who have taken part the greatest of success for the years ahead.”
Since its launch in 1999, the awards have celebrated exceptional growing businesses with past winners including innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree.