Small Business Award


"It was a Very Good Year!"

Just 2 years after Paul founded Stackwell Forge he was awarded the title of "Small Business of the Year" by the Federation of Small Businesses.

This was a national U.K. competition sponsored by the "News of the World" and "Renault U.K.". Obviously we are very proud and pleased to be recognised in this manner and were very grateful to receive the resultant publicity and financial benefits of winning the competition.



Best of British

1994 has been a year of big success for three small recession-busting companies. Renault Transport News profiles the winners of the Renault/News of the World 'Small Business of the Year 1994' awards.


How blacksmith Paul Bodger has hammered his way to the top.

Long hours, determination and an Enterprise Allowance scheme grant  helped Paul Bodger achieve his dream of becoming a blacksmith, and impressed the team of judges.


After years of planning, training and hard work, Paul's business, which includes making ornamental gates and balustrading for stairways, is now a hit. Paul's efforts have paid off and the business has gone from strength to strength: "Today we have a good turnover, our own workshop and regular trade!" said Paul.




"It's taken me a while to achieve my ambition but I love it and take a real pride in my work, particularly the period and reproduction pieces," said Paul. "The prize (a Clio van) will be a real asset.

News of the World

Paul's Forging Ahead

Blacksmith hammers out smashing success


Paul's 'sheer dedication' was the factor that persuaded judges to award him the News of the World prize. Working first as an apprentice farrier, and then working long hours to purchase tools and equipment for his own business, he remained focussed throughout.

"Now that Stackwell Forge is established, I love nothing more than undertaking special jobs, such as, the manufacture of ornamental gates and balustrading for stairways ," said Paul.

The Evening Telegraph - April 14, 1994


Wisbech Standard - April 15,1994

Paul's fired up after winning award

WISBECH blacksmith, Paul Bodger has scooped a national newspaper's Business of the Year competition.
Mr Bodger, who set up Stackwell Forge about two years ago, says he is delighted the hard work he put in has been recognised.
The competition invited small business owners to put forward reasons why they should be considered for top prizes of a van, mobile telephone and a personal computer.

FORGING his way to success…blacksmith Paul Bodger at work , celebrating his success as winner of the News of the World and Renault Vans Small Business of the Year award.

He now has good annual turnover and the business is going from strength to strength.


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