Ethical supermarket wins FedEx Small Business Grant UK

FedEx Express has awarded its UK Small Business Grant to the Clean Kilo company and the runner up prize to Suzero. The money is to help the firms extend their international reach and to develop new customers.

“We are over the moon to have won the FedEx Small Business Grant, 2018,” said Tom Pell and Jeannette Wong, of The Clean Kilo. “The £20,000 grant will enable us to reduce plastic pollution on a far greater level and help open the door for a second plastic free supermarket. The ability to replicate our shop gives us the foundations to help realise our long-term dream. We want to offer our knowledge on environmental issues and plastic-free shopping in the world’s most polluted developing countries. With the FedEx grant we can have a greater impact to turn off the plastic pollution tap.”           

Clean Zero is the largest zero-waste supermarket chain in the UK, and won the prize for its international growth plans. Judging criteria included their plans to go global, strategic vision for the company and their ethical standards. 

“The FedEx Small Business Grant UK aims to provide small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the support necessary to achieve their dream of growing worldwide,” said Martin Davidian, Managing Director Sales Enterprise National at FedEx Express and TNT.  “The fact that our panel of judges were so impressed by the entrants this year is testament to the ambition and entrepreneurial flair of the UK.  

FedEx Express is the world’s largest express delivery company and has an interest in helping the SME community who together form a sizeable proportion of its overall customer base. The Small Business Grant scheme is in its third year in Europe, and now operates in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK.