INCLUSION Housing from York has been nominated for the Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m-£25m) award at the 19th annual Amazon Growing Business Awards.

Since launching in 2007, Inclusion Housing has grown a national network of housing for adults with physical or mental disabilities.

In 2017 the company has increased its turnover and stock by nearly 50 per cent, while achieving high levels of customer satisfaction.

Inclusion was also named as Europe’s Best Small Business in 2017, while also achieving business and customer excellence accreditation.

Neil Brown, chief executive, pictured, said: “2017 has been a great year for us and to be shortlisted for the Amazon Growing Business Awards is a fantastic way to end the year.

"The strength of the competition shows how many successful businesses there are out there and we can’t wait for the awards night on 29th November.”

Doug Gurr, UK country manager, Amazon, said: “The depth and breadth of this year’s shortlist proves why the UK is a great place to set up and run a business.

“With a record number of applicants, there was a high level of competition in every category and I’d like to congratulate Inclusion Housing and all of the businesses shortlisted and wish them all the best of luck on the awards night.”

Since its launch in 1999, the Amazon Growing Business Awards has celebrated exceptional businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs.

Previous winners include Go Ape, Innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree, while VIP guests to have graced the ceremony include Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Category winners will be presented with an award and benefit from the publicity associated with the event. All UK-based high-growth and entrepreneurial companies, regardless of size or stage of operations, may enter the awards.

Inclusion Housing is up against Falcon Green, LA Micro Group UK Limited, Lights4fun, Little Dish, Reassured, Telensa and The Travel Chapter Limited for the title.