Access Business Awards 2023 Winners

19 December 2023

The winner of The Access Self Storage Business Awards has been unveiled. Celebrating the very best of UK small business, the Awards attracted entries from SME’s around the country and Bristol’s Good Things, gifts that give back, has been named Access Business of the Year!

Over 100 applications were longlisted for the title (beating off competition from within the 7300+ companies currently using Access Self Storage business facilities nationwide), including other local based category winners, making the final shortlist for the overall title.

Good Things caught the eye of the judges in the category for Sustainable Business of The Year, fitting the criteria as a business that offers consumers a one place for gifts, toys, accessories and homeware that make a positive difference to people and planet. As a retailer, Good Things seeks out inspiring ethical and sustainable gifts that support charities, empower people and protect our planet, offering a one stop shop for those keen to gift sustainably.

In the last twelve months, Good Things championed 45 purpose-driven organisations locally in Bristol and to their nationwide customers online.

Jaquie Foster, Head of Compliance, Access Self Storage, and Business Awards Judge, said: “We chose Good Things for their sustainable journey and ethical approach. They wrote about their journey with passion, and it was great to read how far they have come as a small business, as well as reading about Lucy’s personal drive to make a difference to the planet.

“Utilising our facilities, Lucy has developed her business smartly and organically, using space at Access Self Storage to store products, and manage deliveries, whilst using the storage units available to scale up or down as required.”

Lucy Willoughbly, Founder, Good Things, said, “As a business that’s conscious of its environmental footprint, we value operating in a temperate building that doesn’t need to be heated, and use rechargeable lighting as and when required in order to reduce energy use. The flexibility that the Access team has afforded my small business has been invaluable. I am thrilled that Good Things has been recognised and can’t wait to put the prize package to use building my business further.”

The judging panel also cited Lucy’s focus on ethics, positive impact and overall sustainability as critical points for her small business growth in 2023, alongside resourcefulness, and strategy as an exemplar of how the seeds of a small idea can grow into a profitable, but sustainable, national business – while keeping operating costs at a minimum.

Other finalists in the Access Self Storage Business Awards included the following;


Access Self Storage revamped these awards for 2023, with the goal of recognising those companies who have survived the challenge of the high street since the pandemic – with a little help from self storage. Shaun Collins, an Access Self Storage spokesperson, said: “We have thousands of unique small businesses that store with us at Access Self Storage and this allows us the opportunity to reward them for their hard work. We loved reading through all the applications and learning about the business gems that we have within our network, we look forward to growing with all of the finalists.”

Good Things will receive a £2,500 business package from Access Self Storage which can be spent across the business services provided.

Good Things employs the services of Access Self Storage, Bristol.