HP recognises outstanding small-to-medium size enterprises at Smart Business Awards

Hewlett-Packard has announced the winners of its first ever Smart Business Awards at an exclusive celebration dinner held at the top of London's Millbank Tower.

In addition to ITProPortal, attendees on the night included Baroness Wilcox, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills. Seven small and medium size enterprises were recognised at the event, with a further four companies receiving honourable mentions.

Categories ranged from social media to mobile and included dedicated green and community awards, with winners comprising an eclectic collection of British businesses. A children's illustrator, cycling-centred social enterprise, and hair salon were among the winners.

"These awards reward small, innovative companies that are key drivers of the economy. I welcome this opportunity to show the Government and large companies, like HP, can work together to create the conditions for growth," said Baroness Wilcox.

The overall award for HP Smart Business of the Year went to Hello Fresh, an online grocery service that says it is "David to the supermarket's Goliath," and delivers three-meal bundles complete with recipes to customers from £39.

Young entrepreneurs were especially well represented at the event, with the Next Generation award going to Through The Door Communications, a company set up by a 19-year-old in East London.

In addition to individual trophies, category winners received an HP product bundle featuring a laptop, printer, and relevant software.

Overall winner Hello Fresh also receives business monitoring from HP advisers and a branding consultant, and a place on the Santander Breakthrough Trade Mission.