Small Business Awards

EMPR shortlisted for two Small Business Awards

EMPR has been shortlisted as a finalist in a national awards programme that champions small businesses.

Ellen Manning Media, which covers my work as a PR consultant, as well as other work as a writer and food blogger, has been announced as a finalist in the Professional Services category of the Small Business Awards’ West Midlands Awards, which celebrates businesses that offer specialised and expert professional services and B2B services.

Alongside this, I’m also a finalist in the Business Owner Finalists category, honouring individuals who have shown exceptional management skills, strategic vision, and a commitment to the success of their business.

The Small Business Awards celebrates and champions entrepreneurs, small and micro businesses.  It’s the only national awards programme in the UK specifically geared around and for small and micro businesses and is in its 8th year in Peterborough with areas in the East Midlands launched in 2023 and West Midlands in 2024.


EMPR, which prides itself on supporting local businesses across Warwickshire, helping them to spread the word and gain new customers through media coverage as well as championing the region’s food and drink scene, is now also in its eighth year helping businesses in and around Warwickshire tell their stories via the media.

Like any small business owner, deciding to go it alone was a huge leap of faith for me, and hasn’t been without its challenges in the last eight years, but to be shortlisted for these awards is a reminder of how much I’ve achieved in that time and also how many great small businesses there are out there, just quietly doing their thing to little fanfare or recognition.

All I wanted to do when I set up Ellen Manning Media was to tell great stories and champion businesses across the Midlands, either through the PR services I offer via EMPR, or through my blog Eat with Ellen. I think there’s a joy in small businesses, and love that I can offer a personal, dynamic but effective service to my clients without being a big business. 

The last eight years have been a hell of a rollercoaster, but I hope I’ve helped other businesses along the way and provided them a great service, and I can’t wait to see what the next eight years brings for my little business.