Women’s Business Awards Feedback

“I am delighted to have won the Businesswoman of the Year award. It has been a busy year with lots of client wins and the publication of my second book so this is a lovely way to round off 2021. A big thank you to my epic team for nominating me for this award – they are all superstars!” – Sophie Milliken

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Trudi Austin

“Absolutely thrilled, stunned and every other emotion, to be recognised as the Winner of Women In Sales 2021 at the Women’s Business Club awards ceremony!

A huge thank you to all the team at Creative Nature Ltd for the nomination. I have learned so much about food allergies and intolerances and the impact they can have on lives and now on a personal mission to make allergy free products available across all channels – surely food that is safe to eat is a simple request. What a way to round off 2021!” – Trudi Austin


Naki Kaddu

“I am delighted to have been acknowledged to achieve runner up for the Women in Sport award. It has been a busy couple of years with lots of adapting and creative planning, new partnerships and like minded sponsors encouraging what we’re doing at DIDA Sports Organisation CIC. A big thank you to our epic team of volunteers and friends in the UK and Uganda for nominating me for this award – you are all superstars!” – Naki Kaddu


Jane Weller

Jane Weller

“OMG, I never thought in a million years that I would win the Innovation Award. I am delighted to receive this award for my team and for all those vulnerable people who need to see the lips hidden behind full-face coverings and masks. Super elated. Thank you so much for this opportunity delighted.” – Jane Weller


Kathryn Strachan

“It is an honour and an outstanding accomplishment to win the Employer of the Year award by the Women’s Business Club. From the very beginning, I’ve had the mantra, ‘Happy Team, Happy Clients’, and I’ve always done whatever is in my power to ensure my team had a great work environment. My senior team and I strive for creating a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse environment, and we’ve successfully achieved that by listening to what the team needs and then going above and beyond in providing the right support to them. Putting the team’s mental and physical health at the forefront of business decisions has been a constant priority and will always remain a significant decision making factor at Copy House.”

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

“It’s such an honour to be awarded the Positivity Award. During what has been a tough time I am thrilled that the positivity from myself and my business, Chatty Flamingo has been recognised with this prestigious award. I’m even more delighted in having such a positive impact on many people’s lives. I feel honoured, proud, humbled and driven to reach even more women, and to work with them to help them make a ‘positive’ difference to their lives.” – Gillian Hughes


“It was exciting to be announced as the first runner up for the Business Mum of The Year! It felt good to actually hear my name called out. You all are amazing! Thank you, Angela De Souza and the Women Business Club for the opportunity. It is such a privilege to be in the company of great women supporting other women. Many thanks to everyone that voted and congratulations to all the winners. I appreciate you all.” – Ufuoma Anighoro

Awards 2021 Winners

With thanks to Xero and our sponsors and congratulations to our winners

Love My Businesses’ Best New Business of the Year
Winner: Alice Cooke – A Girl Of My Word
Runner up 1: Heidi Solomon-Orlick – GirlzWhoSell
Runner up 2: Siew Imm Theresa Teo – AlphaImm Agency

KW COACHING’s Business Mum of the Year
Winner: Sophie Robinson – Sophie Gets Social
Runner up 1: Ufuoma Anghora – Marvellous Mix Limited
Runner up 2: Jem Piggott – Tinkers

BBX’s Businesswoman of the Year
Winner: Sophie Milliken – SRS Recruitment and Employability Experts
Runner up 1: Barbara Cox-Lovesy – BcNutrition
Runner up 2:

ShoutOut’s Creative Business Award
Winner: Iola Nguyen – meetkeypeople.com.
Runner up 1: Charlotte Fry- Founder of Adnil Creations
Runner up 2: Kerstin Gruenling – Ciorstain-Photography

Elite Business’ Diversity & Inclusion Award
Winner: Bernie Davies – Bernie Davies Global
Runner up 1: Siwan Smith – Anchored In
Runner up 2: Dee Burrowes – Dee Burrowes Transformational Life Coaching

Luceat Coaching’s Employer of the Year
Winner: Kathryn Strachan – Copy House
Runner ups:
Automation Ninjas
Garden Spa Entertainment
Nicholson & Co Accountancy
Pressed for Time Cleaning Ltd
The Bristow Partnership Ltd

Work For Good’s Giving Back Award
Winner: Patricia Maine – Sizo Community Outreach
Runner up 1: Janet Grima – Bully Zero
Runner up 2: Lerato Lebopo – PEYMCA

Innovation Award
Winner: Jane Weller – Clear Expression Masks / Face Coverings
Runner up 1: Martina Fabricci – CRISPR Biotech Engineering
Runner up 2: Leah Spasova – Sexperts Business Community & LIFESEXPERTS

Namos Solutions’ Leader of the Year
Winner: Toni Trevillion – Electric House
Runner up 1: Kathryn Northey – Crunch Digital Media
Runner up 2: Megan Gamble – Hashtag Me Limited

EdenTravel Edinburgh’s Man of the Year
Winner: Chris Tipping – The DM Lab
Runner Up 1: Richard Moore – S.E. Tax Professionals Ltd
Runner Up 2: Matthew Ford – Creative Nature

LiberGlobal’s Overcomer Award
Winner: Vicki Boddice – Boddice Accounting
Runner up 1: Debbie Mountjoy – Nook and Cranny Deep Clean and Decluttering Service
Runner up 2: Millie Flemington- Clare – Human Beauty

Go Beyond’s Positivity Award
Winner: Gillian Hughes – Chatty Flamingo
Runner up 1: Kim Platts – Kim Adele Ltd
Runner up 2: Jackie Scully – Think

Lovelda Vincenzi’s Speaker Award
Winner: Jasmine Mbye – The Like Me CIC
Runner up 1: Kim-adele Platts – Kim Adele
Runner up 2: Melanie Stanley – FirstWoman

SETax Pros’ Women in FINANCE
Winner: Trusha Lakhani – Great Business Matters Ltd
Runner up 1: Faith Mupakaviri – Feline Corporation Limited
Runner up 2: Diane Watson – She Can Prosper

Women in LAW
Winner: Naeema Sajid – Diversity+
Runner up 1: Nwabisa Hexana – Hexana Attorneys
Runner up 2: Pamela Maass – Law Mother

Winner: Manini Mbongwa – Capitec
Runner up 1: Shaynesia Byfield – Homes for Haringey
Runner up 2: Charlotte Morphet – Women in Planning

Winner: Louise Deverell-Smith
Runner up 1: Julie Grabham
Runner up 2: Laura-Jane Hunt

GirlzWhoSell’s Women in SALES
Winner: Trudi Austin – Creative Nature, LTD.
First runner up: Kelly Parnell – Cybermo LLP
Second runner up: Rebecca Whitmore – Your Mortgage Plus

Women in SPORTS
Winner: Hassan Rahman-Pink Diamond Martial Arts
Runner up 1: Naki Kaddu – DIDA Sports Organisation CIC
Runner up 2: Ivy Meyer – Out of Africa Dance Academy

Izzytea’s Women in STEM
Winner: Harriet Lloyd – Atos
Runner up 1: Vicki Frost – Sign Connect UK
Runner up 2: Laura Goodsell Anchor Online Designs

Julie Grabham

Julie Grabham

“Delivering excellent HR support is always challenging, but more so during the pandemic.  I am absolutely thrilled to be named as runner up in the HR & Recruitment category in the prestigious UK Women in Business awards. Having my business, JG HR Solutions Limited recognised, especially my free HR guidance #HRFrommyshed  really makes a difference to me as a woman in business.

It was also a proud mother moment as my daughter Kathryn Northey was named runner up in the Leadership category for her work for her employer, Crunch Digital Media. Being nominated for awards is a great way to boost confidence and professional profile.  Thank you to all that took organised these awards and to those who took part – we are all amazing!” – Julie Grabham


Iola Nguyen
“I am so thrilled to have won the Creative Business Award 2021. It’s such a great honour and I want to thank everyone who made this possible! It’s just the beginning, but the Meet Key People team promise to be your best asset in your quest to achieve your goals and fulfil your lifelong dreams. Don’t wait for it to happen, go make it happen!” – Iola Nguyen
Becs Gadsby

Becs Gadsby

“It was a fantastic surprise and an honour to be nominated as a finalist for the Leader of the Year Award. Being part of a celebration of brilliant individuals making a positive difference through their work was both humbling and inspiring. A great way to end the year! Thank you. ” – Becs Gadsby

Awards 2020 Winners

With thanks to our sponsors and congratulations to our winners

Women’s Business Club’s Businesswoman of the Year:
WINNER: Susan Rudden – The Grassington House Hotel
RUNNER-UPS: Leanne Eustace – Accounted For Limited
Danni Simmons – Nail Tech Network Limited

Parents in Biz’s Business Mum of the Year
WINNER: Natalie Ward – Latched
RUNNER-UP: Leanne Collins – Topaz Nails Hair & Beauty

Penny Power’s Best New Business
Gia Mills – Skin in Motion
RUNNER-UP: Cordelia Kate – Rebellious Business

LetsReset Overcomer Award
WINNER: Karen Ramsay-Smith – Bigger Picture Coaching
RUNNER-UPS: Jennifer Bòidheach – Saorsa Cosmetics
Naomi Brown – Harmony Business and Life Solutions

fundUgive2’s Giving Back Award
WINNER: Rebecca Morgan – Brennan – Morgans Wigs
RUNNER-UPS: Mathilde Boyer – Zest Ambition
Jenna Grace – Esteem Team CIC

My Super Connector’s Positivity Award
WINNER: Natalie Trice – Natalie Trice Limited
RUNNER-UPS: Kathrine McAleese – Dr Kathrine: Mind to Win
Hira Ali – Advancing Your Potential

LiberGlobal’s Innovation Award
WINNER: Martina Fabricci – Crispr Biotech Engineering
RUNNER-UP: Joelle Byrne – JoelleByrne.com

Justelle Marketing & Media’s Creative Business Award
WINNER: Amy Leat – Britburys
RUNNER-UPS: Joanne Moorhouse – Joanne Moorhouse Brand Photographer
Samantha Pearce – Swatt Books

Cara Stationery’s Speaker Award
WINNER: Fiona McKay – Lightbulb Leadership Solutions
RUNNER-UP: Judith Parsons – The LinkedIn Lady

Business Leaders Academy’s Leader of the Year
WINNERS: Fiona Jackson and Rebecca Mason
RUNNER-UP: Sue Richards – Pink Spaghetti PA Services”

Pitchero’s Man of the Year
WINNER: Peter Quintana – hgkc
RUNNER-UP: Thomas Goggins – LaVolta Events Ltd

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

“It was an absolute honour to be a finalist in three categories: 🔹Giving Back Award ️🔸️Positivity Award 🔹️Businesswoman of the Year Award

I may not have won but with the nonexistent government support I’ve received since lockdown began, I’m so immensely proud of all my achievements and all the charitable contributions I’ve made 💗

My other half also came Runner Up in the Man of the Year Award whilst representing my businesses so feeling incredibly proud today 🌈

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Devesha Bhavsar

“What an amazing evening, I am so grateful to be finalist in ‘Creative Business Award’. Thank you Angela De Souza  for making this event memorable for all of us. I’ve connected with many entrepreneurs and looking forward to network with them. 💖 Magic happens when one woman supports another woman ❤️ Thank you eveyone who’s nominated me, this would not have been possible without your support.” – Devesha Bhavsar
“It was a honour to become a Finalist in the ‘New Business Of The Year’ Award. Congratulations to all the Winners🏆 Thx for the Award Nominee & Award Finalist Logo use.😀 Did you know 8️⃣5️⃣% of women in UK wear the Wrong Bra size? The BEST BRA is one you never think about. 👙” –  Sandy Chamberlain, THE BRA FITTER

Natalie Trice

“As the winner of the 2020 Positivity Award, I am absolutely thrilled and smiling from ear to ear. 2020 has been a massive challenge for so many, on so many levels and while I’ve known challenges, we can find a way ahead. We don’t have to be positive 100% of the time but finding the positive in each day. An makes a huge difference. Let’s continue to support one another and find those silver linings because they are there.” – Natalie Trice

Rebecca Mason

“Feeling very proud and honoured to receive the award for “Leader of the Year 2020” I am passionate about running the York club and strive to build a community of women making authentic connections, supporting and encouraging each other on their journey. Come and join us here York I am also a York businesswoman owner of The Social Media tree. I work with businesses making Social Media work for you and your business.” – Rebecca Mason

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Susan Rudden- Business Woman of the Year 2020

“I am absolutely delighted and never thought it would be me. The awards were over zoom and so exciting. I salute all the other nominees. This year has been tough for everyone and I feel very humbled and happy.” SUSAN RUDDEN – Owner, Grassington House

Peter Quintana - Man of the Year 2020

Peter Quintana - Man of the Year 2020

“Very enjoyable evening and completely amazed to win Man of the Year! I also heard about some extraordinary businesswomen who have been raising their game to meet the challenges of this year. Truly inspirational. Congratulations to all finalists, runners up and winners.” – Peter Quintana

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Karen Ramsay-Smith - Overcomer Award Winner 2020

Karen Ramsay-Smith - Overcomer Award Winner

“I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to receive this award, thank you Women’s Business Club UK this has absolutely made my year! The recognition goes to my partner who I lost to suicide last year and his legacy to create more self-love and self-worth in the world #loveYOUmore” – Karen Ramsay-Smith

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“Thank you for awarding me a runner up for overcomer the year. Well done to everyone who participated ✨🙌 it was such a great opportunity to participate 💕” – Naomi Brown

“I am absolutely honoured to be runner up in the Overcomer Award! The ceremony and networking events were fantastic, I really enjoyed the twist with the networking. I’ve connected with so many more like minded women and looking forward to what the future holds for us! Thank you so much Angela De Souza” – Jennifer Bòidheach, Saorsa Cosmetics & My VIP Card Glasgow Central

Fiona McKay - Speaker Of The Year

Fiona McKay - Speaker Of The Year

“I’m still buzzing and so proud to be your winner of Speaker Of The Year! I was just overwhelmed when the decision was announced. This award is incredibly special for me, especially to be acknowledged and recognised by a truly awesome group of women. And thank you to everyone who voted for me. I feel very honoured and will continue to use my voice to advance women.” – Fiona McKay

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Pae'j Melville

“Thank for organising a phenomenal event. I was extremely humbled to have been nominated for ‘Business mum of the Year’. I have been able to make connections with those ladies in my category ❤️ The nomination has certainly boosted my confidence. As a parent, we are often guilty for putting ourselves on the back burner. This was the sign I needed to keep striving. I will continue to build my empire and show my 2 daughters how mum does business. I will be the mum they need me to be and more. Striving for progression for not perfection. As a mum with a chronic illness, I will show my daughters how to turn pain into power. I am my own link. Thank you for this opportunity. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. Good luck on your journey.” – Pae’j Melville.

2019 Feedback

“So pleased to see how the event has gone from strength to strength since we came last time in 2017. Keep going – people love it!” – Nikki Seville

Gemma Dobson Dragoness' Den Winner 2019

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“This year I attended the Women’s Business Club Conference for the first time and was very impressed by the day. Great speakers, including the inspirational Jo Fairley were excellent and offered much to their audiences. I made some great new contacts and it was lovely to meet up with Angela de Souza again, the motivational woman behind the event. Looking forward to next year already!” – Catherine McGuire