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Alan Mak MP with Ellas Kitchen founder Paul Lindley, guest speaker at the Havant Small Business Awards
Alan Mak MP with Ellas Kitchen founder Paul Lindley, guest speaker at the Havant Small Business Awards
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The founder of a multi-million-pound children’s food company, Ella’s Kitchen, has thrown his weight behind the first ever Havant Small Business Awards.

Paul Lindley will be the guest speaker at the awards ceremony, hosted by Havant MP Alan Mak, taking place at South Downs College on Friday, April 29.

Residents have until April 1 to cast votes for their favourite small businesses across twelve categories, from best café to best local tradesperson. Nominations can be made via the Havant MP’s official website alanmak.org.uk.

Paul Lindley said: ‘Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy, and it is great to see Alan promote them across Havant with this new annual event.

‘I am delighted that Alan has asked me to speak at the first Havant Small Business Awards, an excellent initiative that backs local businesses.’

Lindley added: ‘Having taken my own business from a small family firm to an international brand, I am aware of the challenges that small businesses must face and overcome.

‘At Ella’s Kitchen, the idea of giving better food to my children and their generation was the simple aim, and it has carried us forward.’

Ella’s Kitchen is the UK’s largest baby food company and boasts worldwide annual revenues in excess of $100million.

Paul himself was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 National Business Awards, and the business continues to grow with ‘Paddy’s Bathroom’ – a new organic toddlers’ toiletries brand named after his son.

Alan Mak said: “Ella’s Kitchen is a real success story – and I look forward to Paul coming to share his inspirational story with us at the awards ceremony at South Downs College.’

The News is the media partner for the Havant Small Business Awards.