Ventia Ltd takes gong for small business of the year at awards ceremony in London.

A businessman who lives near Croyde has beaten hundreds to be crowned Small Business of the Year at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards.

Steve Baker, director of Mayfair-based company Ventia Ltd, accepted the award from a judging panel including Dragons’ Den star Sarah Willingham.

Sarah said: “Ventia is a really deserving winner of Nectar Business’ Small Business of the Year prize.

“Their success from design led conversions of period buildings into unique office spaces is inspired.”