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Colin Hinds of Kilted Lobster

The impact the business makes to the wellbeing of locals on a sustained basis is amazing

Edinburgh’s Social Conscience Restaurant wins National Small Business Big Heart Award

Kilted Lobster of Edinburgh has won the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award in association with The ‘restaurant with a social conscience’ won against stiff competition from nine other regional finalists from all over the UK.

Kilted Lobster received the Small Business Big Heart Award for the many ways it helps those in need around Edinburgh including free meals for those facing financial hardship, vocational training for those overcoming barriers to work and education, and cookery classes for families on limited budgets or catering for special dietary needs.

Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at says, “All our regional finalists were worthy contenders for the top prize, but the judges decided Kilted Lobster and its ‘Cooking up a Storm’ social conscience had the edge. The impact the business makes to the wellbeing of locals on a sustained basis is amazing because as well as helping those communities directly it helps them to help themselves for the long term.”

Chef Patron, Colin Hinds says, “We are delighted with the recognition, and it will spur us even further on our mission to help those in need feeding those in need with food, knowledge and access to work.”

Kilted Lobster will receive £1,000 to put towards a good cause of its choice.

Of the eight other finalists four received special commendations from the judges:

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Community Spirit Awards went to:
• The Picturedrome Electric Theatre, Bognor Regis for its incredible support for local community events, organisations and sports clubs
• Sardaya Hair and Beauty, Swindon for its local fundraising activities and practical support for the elderly, homeless, children and babies in the community

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart On-going Giving Award went to:
• Pearl’s Pet Care, Forres for its 36-year long work in animal welfare, environmental safeguarding, community care and regional business development

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Business Heart Award went to:
• Bluefin Living, Birmingham for a business ethos built on tackling the UK’s housing crisis

Rufus concludes, “For the second year running the Small Business Big Heart Awards have demonstrated the incredible impact the UK’s small business community has on individuals and organisations that might otherwise be overlooked. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our entrants and congratulate every one of our finalists.”

The opening date for the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Awards will be announced in September.


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