Luxury campervan awning provider wins small business award

British luxury campervan awning producer Glawning Ltd has won the Mircobusiness of the Year Award at the annual Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Glawning was born when husband and wife team James and Sarah Martin (pictured above) wanted to pitch something posh next to their vintage campervan, but couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market. Realising that such a product didn’t yet exist, they set to work creating a 100 per cent cotton canvas awning and launched Glawning Ltd, a business which turned over more than £500,000 in the last financial year.

Despite Covid challenges such a 500 per cent increase in shipping costs, production delays and unpredictable sales levels, as well as the couple tackling home-schooling, the business is thriving and this year they plan to launch in Europe and the USA.

Glawning co-founder Sarah Martin, said: “We’re thrilled to have won the Microbusiness of the Year Award at this year’s FSB awards. We set up our business after identifying a gap in the market and this award is very much a testament to all the work we have put into creating and launching a product that we ourselves need and use.”

FSB national chair, Martin McTague, said: “Congratulations to Glawning Ltd for winning this award. This is an example of a small business that recognised an opening for a new product and worked hard to create something that has been a success amongst the campervan community. I wish them success as they continue to innovate and create new products and take on the international markets.”

FSB’s Celebrating Small Business Awards is the most high-profile event of its kind nationally, with more than 3,000 entries, and showcases the best of small business entrepreneurship in every part of the UK.