UK Awards 2020 Press Release

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural winners of the YouK Awards for 2020.

Youk is the world’s first resource allowing consumers to identify local brands. Our mission is to provide you with all the tools you need to make a huge difference to the environment and sustainability of UK jobs and public services.

Our Awards are designed to celebrate the amazing quality and depth of activity across the whole of the UK, in particular highlighting smaller and local brands. Based on simple but robust criteria, YouK has identified a diverse set of brands for our 2020 YouK Awards. Our belief is that these awards will provide recognition and increase their exposure.

Each year, YouK presents the following awards to UK brands based on a number of factors.

  • YouK Food & Drink Award
  • YouK Innovation Award
  • YouK Sustainability Award

YouK Awards are based on a number of factors. A brand may excel in one or all of these areas to nominated for an award. 

  • Commitment to sourcing local ingredients and components.
  • Commitment to UK design.
  • Commitment to UK manufacturing.
  • Commitment to producing exception quality goods in the UK.
  • Commitment to supporting UK-based charities and initiatives in the local community.
  • Commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices.

YouK Food & Drink Award

The YouK Food & Drink Award celebrates exceptional quality food and drink and the use of the best quality local ingredients.

Atlantic Distillery

Atlantic Distillery is Cornwall’s only Soil Association Certified Organic Spirits producer. They produce hand-crafted, small-batch Gin, Vodka & Liqueurs using organic botanicals, many of which have been grown on their smallholding, or wild harvested across Cornwall.

Cocoa Mountain

Cocoa Mountain blend the finest cocoa with fresh Scottish ingredients to make their extraordinary Highland chocolates in Balnakeil, Scotland. They use as many organic and locally sourced ingredients where possible and are members of a local food producer’s initiative.


Brewgooder produces craft beer with a difference. Their quality beer, which is made in Ellon, Scotland using British malts, aims to bring clean water to 1,000,000 people across the world by donating 100% of their profits to clean water charities. 

Nutcrafter Creamery

Nutcrafter Creamery handcraft exciting organic and plant-based food using high quality, ethically grown ingredients. Their mission is to cultivate and spread a healthier and balanced lifestyle through nourishing foods.

Hawkshead Relish Company

Nutcrafter Creamery handcraft exciting organic and plant-based food using high quality, ethically grown ingredients. Their mission is to cultivate and spread a healthier and balanced lifestyle through nourishing foods

YouK Innovation Award

The YouK Innovation Award celebrates an exceptional commitment to and innovation UK design, engineering and manufacturing.

Crown Hockey

Crown Hockey designs and manufactures their own hockey sticks in the UK and aims to push forward innovation and technology within hockey equipment. Crown Hockey has innovated the manufacturing techniques traditionally used to produce sticks, and don’t rely on marketing and graphics to stand out.

Community Clothing

Community Clothing is revolutionising the logistics behind clothes manufacturing. Community Clothing aims to make excellent quality affordable clothes for men and women, to create great jobs for skilled workers and by doing this help to restore real pride in Britain’s textile communities.

GRN Sportswear

GRN Sportswear manufacture and design high performance, sustainable and ethical sportswear. They are changing the face of sportswear by using materials recycled from plastic bottles and old fishing nets, and sustainable bamboo.

Amaiz Swimwear

Innovation isn’t always about technology. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Amaiz is leading the way in inclusive activewear by offering more coverage and style to the world of swimwear. Traditional swimwear styles don’t work for everyone, so Amaiz is bridging the gap between a bikini and a burkini to ensure every woman feels comfortable.

Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow vodka is made in Dorset using surplus milk products from the dairy process and nothing else. They were inspired to make vodka when considering the amount of waste produced during the cheesemaking process. 

YouK Sustainability Award

The YouK Sustainability Award celebrates an exceptional commitment to sustainable practices and developing innovative solutions to benefit the planet.

Beeswax Wrap Co

Beeswax Wrap Co’s wraps are the perfect plastic-free alternative to cling film and tin foil. They are an incredibly accessible way to reduce plastic waste in the household and transition towards a zero-waste lifestyle. They also support the British Beekeeper’s Association and Surfers Against Sewage.

Beauty Kubes

Relatively new to the beauty world, Beauty Kubes has created an innovative range of plastic-free shampoo bars. Each box of plastic-free shampoo Kubes is packed with natural, hair loving ingredients and gentle cleansing agents.

Eat Sleep Live

Eat Sleep Live design and manufacture wooden furniture using reclaimed British wood. Established in 2004 by Mark Godsell-Fletcher, they aimed to provide an alternative to flat-pack furniture that is sustainable, affordable and high quality.

Eco Wood Rings

Eco Wood Rings make lovingly crafted rings from salvaged and sustainably sourced materials. They are alternative engagement rings and wedding rings for people that like to do things a bit differently.

Plastic Free Pantry

The Plastic Free Pantry was born from the view that 2025 is not soon enough to quit plastic, that scenes of litter-strewn beaches are far too common, and that trash is ending up in the oceans, inside wildlife, and inside us. Plastic Free Pantry is taking action against plastic now by offering whole foods and pantry staples such as rice, pasta, dried fruit, beans, and lentils in paper or home compostable plant film, with no plastic in sight.

Notes to Editors

About YouK

YouK is the UK’s first website to provide consumers with comprehensive information and access to all things made or designed in the UK. We believe this is a world-first, based on 10 people-years of research.

It works on all platforms and is a sophisticated and responsive web app. Users can search local maps, browse any consumer category, or seek brands by such features as vegan or cruelty-free certification.

YouK’s philosophy is simple – every time you buy a product made in the UK, everyone wins.  The aim is to enable consumers to consciously select their purchases, supporting the environment, UK jobs and, in turn, our public services.

Through its innovative YouK Scoring system, consumers can choose from many hundreds of thousands of ‘made in the UK’ products. How it works is that each brand or product is individually rated from one to five, ranging from partially to substantially made in the UK. Three main factors are assessed:  

Design / Research and Development:  designed by a team in the UK – this can include innovation or research and development, for example in pharmaceuticals.
Manufacture / Produce: farm produce, UK landed fish or the quality and extent of manufacture; ranging from the basic assembly of parts made elsewhere, to finished products substantially manufactured in the UK.
Input Materials: the amount of UK produced material which the product is made from. 

About the founder

YouK was founded in Edinburgh by Business Development and IT Specialist Derek Poots. Derek’s vision was to create a marketplace where every single brand featured supports the environment, UK workers, and UK public services.

The development team are all under 30 and huge enthusiasts for YouK’s proposition.

Investments received

YouK received a Design Grant from Scottish Enterprise and is partly funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014 – 2020.

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