A HEREFORDSHIRE business set up as the first coronavirus lockdown came into force in the UK has been shortlisted for the UK’s best environmentally sustainable small business at this year’s Small Awards.

The Small Awards is a nationwide search for the smallest and greatest firms in the UK, across all sectors, organised annually by Small Business Britain.

Founded in March 2020, Local e Sourced is an online marketplace exclusively for independent businesses, offering the ability to buy multiple products from any number of small, independent, and local suppliers with a single delivery charge, with the aim of making products more accessible, and helping businesses reach new customers while cutting carbon footprints.

Local e Sourced has been chosen as one of five finalists for the new ‘Net Hero’ Small Award, launched in the run-up to this November’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to recognise small firms demonstrating exceptional commitment to environmental sustainability.

Founder Hamish Light said: “We’ve only been in business since March 2020, recently celebrating our first birthday following a successful beginning. We are still learning and growing every day. It is fantastic to be shortlisted for the ‘Net Hero’ Small Award as it’s been tough trying to raise awareness of our project, especially during a global pandemic and to be recognised for our hard work this will help to spread the word about what we do and how we do it – especially with our environmental and sustainability efforts.”

Judged by a panel of leading enterprise experts, the winners of all award categories, along with the overall winner of Small Business of the Year, will be announced on May 13.

This year, in light of current covid-19 restrictions, Small Business Britain will again be hosting its award ceremony as a lively virtual event, instead of the traditional glittering gala dinner. Small businesses across the country will zoom in together for an evening of fun celebrations, featuring entertainment, special guests, speeches, networking and more!