Outstanding Yorkshire business women recognised at prestigious awards ceremony

Yorkshire & North East Winners 2015

Digital/Online Business of the Year

Lucy Scott-Paul

Lucy runs Bah Humbugs, a traditional British Sweet Shop and online shop which has over 400 different sweets you will remember from your childhood.

Inspiring Leader of the Year

Kate Hardcastle

With 20 years’ experience, Kate founded business transformation organisation, Insight With Passion. Kate is the go-to business expert for BBC, ITV and Sky News and has shared the stage alongside icons, such as Bill Clinton. Kate is a champion for women in business, sports & media.

International Business of the Year

Julia Gash

Julia Gash is the Founder and CEO of Bag It Don’t Bin It, which produces branded, sustainable bags for blue chip brands under private label. Julia launched an ethically-focused accessory label, Talented, which is now stocked by prestigious retailers worldwide.

Not for Profit / Social Enterprise of the Year

Claire Young

Claire owns School Speakers, the UK’s No.1 speaking agency placing speakers into schools and is the co-founder of social enterprise Girls Out Loud. Claire is an experienced TV and radio presenter and a government advisor on projects helping young people and women start businesses.

Retail Business of the Year

Claire O'Connor

Claire set up the UK’S leading pre-school dance academy, babyballet, in 2005. Her company is a leading player in the franchise market and a recognised children’s brand.

Rising Star of the Year

Amy Archer

Amy is Deputy Managing Director of the UK’s number one manufacturer of caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes. The company’s turnover is £200m and it employs 900 people across the region. Amy is the only woman on the Board of Directors.

SME Business of the Year (Emerging – less than 10 employees)

Sam Pearce

Award-winning ambassador for the beauty industry Sam Pearce created her two multi-award winning businesses, The Potting Shed Spa and Eastthorpe Hall.

SME Business of the Year (Growth – 10 or more employees)

Alexa Greaves

Alexa’s career began in the City, landing one of the largest deals of the 90s at £1bn. She acquired a failing company, turned it around and drove AAG to £9M turnover, employing 40 people.

Start-up Business of the Year

Claire Turner

Claire is Director and founder of Turner Lister & Co. She is passionate about helping businesses grow, by giving great advice and using her network to connect people.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year

Kate Krachai

Kate is the Director of Quality Context, which provides analytical testing and consultancy services to pharmaceutical and healthcare companies to protect the safety and wellbeing of patients. The business has clients in over 35 countries and a turnover of more than £1m.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Erene Hadjiioannou & Abra Wynn

Abra and Erene launched Pastille Beauty Bar in Leeds city centre in August 2013 with no previous background in the business or beauty industries. Abra is a law graduate and Erene is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Digital / Online Business of the Year

Julia Braime (Brides Up North)
Christina Gabbitas (Poems and Pictures Ltd)
Lucy Scott Paul (Bah Humbugs)

Inspiring Leader of the Year

Mary Butler (Bell & Buxton Solicitors)
Diane Cheesebrough (thebigword)
Susan Clark (LCF Law)
Andrea Eli (Ventura Office Supplies Ltd)
Maria Florou (The Grand Hotel & Spa, York)
Jo Haigh (fds Director Services Limited)
Kate Hardcastle (Insight with Passion)
Elizabeth Lister (Willis)
Justine Osmotherley (Clarion Solicitors)
Joanna Robinson (Mansfield Pollard & Co LTD)
Claire Young (School Speakers)
Sarah Young (Ridley and Hall Legal Limited)

International Business of the Year

Angela Fan (Study Links)
Julia Gash (Bag It Don't Bin It Ltd)
Debbie Heald (Heald Ltd)
Sukhvinder Javeed (Milkysnugz)

Not for Profit / Social Enterprise of the Year

Janette Benaddi (NAMSA and Yorkshire Rows)
Claire Bennett (Common Purpose UK)
Julie Tweedale (Freedom Personal Safety)
Claire Young (School Speakers)

Retail Business of the Year

Sandra Corcoran (Pennine Cycles)
Liz Devine-Wright (Simply Devine)
Kristy Giblin (The Pudding Parlour)
Rachel Hainsworth (Avon Cosmetics)
Sukhvinder Javeed (Milkysnugz)
Claire O'Connor (babyballet)
Lucy Scott Paul (Bah Humbugs)
Rosemary Thompson (Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes)

Rising Star of the Year

Amy Archer (Swift Group Ltd)
Bernie Byrne (thebigword)
Debbie Capell (thebigword)
Poonam Kaur (Fds Director Services Limited)
Kayley Smith (Sweet Tooth Delivery)
Libby Wheelhouse (Bob's Business)

SME Business of the Year (Emerging – less than 10 employees)

Jane Ellison-Bates (Manifest Marketing Ltd)
Tracy Fletcher (Campbell & Fletcher Ltd)
Kate Hardcastle (Insight with Passion)
Michelle Headen (Elland Rd Financial Solutions Ltd)
Nicola Mellor (Pepamint)
Sophie Milliken (Smart Resourcing Solutions Ltd)
Georgie Oldfield (SIRPA Ltd)
Sam Pearce (The Potting Shed Spa & Eastthorpe Hall)
Liz Preston (Craven Safety Services Ltd)
Jillian Thomas (Future Life Wealth Management Limited)
Jane Vincent (Candelisa People)
Marion Lowrence (The PA Hub Ltd)
Amy Wray (Applegate Properties)

SME Business of the Year (Growth – 10 or more employees)

Lisa Bolger (LMB Hillcrest Home LTD and Little Rascals Nursery Ltd)
Andrea Eli (Ventura Office Supplies Ltd)
Julia Gash (Bag It Don't Bin It Ltd)
Alexa Greaves (AAG Systems Ltd)
Jo Haigh (fds Director Services Limited)
Debbie Heald (Heald Ltd)
Erica Kemp (Ecus Ltd)
Kate Krachai (Quality Context)
Claire O'Connor (babyballet)
Dr Maxine Stead (Alexandra House health and wellbeing spa)
Rosemary Thompson (Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes)
Allison Whitmarsh (ProperMaid Ltd)

Start Up Business of the Year

Charlotte Armitage (Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting)
Katrina Cliffe (KC Communications)
June Parsons (June Parsons Designs)
Rachel Salway (Roseannah)
Claire Turner (Turner Lister & Co)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year

Alexa Greaves (AAG Systems Ltd)
Debbie Heald (Heald Ltd)
Kate Krachai (Quality Context)
Anne Wilson (Numill Ltd)

Young Enterpreneur of the Year

Erene Hadjiioannou & Abra Wynn (Pastille Beauty Bar)
Chloe Hall (Bumble and Bloom Media)
Ashley Hyde (Baba Ganoush Private Dining)
Nicola Mellor (Pepamint)
Jules Quinn (The TeaShed)
Robyn Wilson (Wilson Barbershop Co)

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Outstanding business women in Yorkshire have been recognised at the prestigious Forward Ladies Yorkshire and North East Women in Business Awards (WIBA) regional final.

Hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White, the glittering awards for the Yorkshire and North East heat took place at The Crowne Plaza in Newcastle today (29 September), where 77 entrepreneurial female business leaders from across the region competed in 11 categories to be crowned the winner.

The regional winners from each category, including ‘Inspiring Leader of the Year’, ‘Start-up Business of the Year’ and ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’, will now compete in the national final taking place on 20 November in Leeds at the Queens Hotel. But first each of today’s winners will be put through their paces at a live session with the judges on November 4, held at headline sponsor of the awards HSBC’s offices in Leeds.

The WIBAs, now in its sixth year, has become one of the most high profile and respected accolades for women recognisising their enormous contribution to the economy and acknowledges start-ups to multi-million pound companies. This year’s guest speaker for the Yorkshire and North East is Sara Davies, founder of Crafters Companion.

Griselda Togobo, Managing Director at Forward Ladies said: “This year we received a number of outstanding entries from right across Yorkshire and the North East and the awards really did showcase some of the best talent and businesses from across the region.

“The awards have attracted women from all ages, all professions and all walks of life and we are delighted to welcome the winners from today’s event to the eagerly anticipated finals in Leeds in November.”

This year, for the first time, award finalists and winners will be offered support from two of the most influential names in business – HSBC, who are the headline sponsor of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards, and Microsoft, the awards technology partner.

HSBC will offer regional nominees and finalists local expert business advisers who will work with them on a one-to-one basis to identify growth areas and work out the best ways in which this can be achieved.

Debra White, HSBC Regional Director of Small Businesses in the North of England, said: “We are proud to support the Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards programme and entrepreneurial women working and innovating across the UK. As part of our commitment to supporting Britain, we welcome the opportunity to provide help and guidance to this year's winners of the Forward Ladies in Business Awards to expand their business in the future.”

Microsoft will offer finalists a full review of their ICT set up. The review will explore how their organisation can utilise technology across a range of business functions to drive business results.

Sharon Jandu, Strategic Partnerships, Small and Medium Business, at Microsoft, said: “Our mission and values are all about helping businesses unlock their full potential and we are excited about the prospect of working with the UK’s leading women in business in their companies to support them to achieve this aim.”

Other regional sponsors of the awards were:

ASDA, Yorkshire Water, Xero, Microsoft, Lucas Media, The Corporative Insurance, Qhotels, LCF, Faith PR, Elland Road Financial Services, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Life, Finance Yorkshire, WGN, Saville AV, Sorted PR, and George F White.

Issued by Faith PR on behalf of Forward Ladies.

Meet the winners and finalists from the 2014 awards

Yorkshire and North East 2014

The 2014 awards continued the tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding the talented women across our region. Our call for nominations has attracted an outstanding line up of women from a broad range of business sectors. For 2014, we introduced a new category – ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (STEM) which recognises the significant contribution women are making in traditionally male dominated industries.

The awards, which were created to celebrate trail blazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business, are hugely important because they give women a unique opportunity to acknowledge their successes and become credible and inspirational role models for others.

A major vote of appreciation goes out to our sponsors which include HSBC, Finance Yorkshire, O2, Yorkshire Water, ASDA, Microsoft, Grant Thornton, East Coast, UKTI, Q Hotels, WGN, Amplitude, The Yorkshire Post, Sagars, Elland Road Financial Solutions, Knowles Warwick, Last Cawthra Feather, Oriflame and ALLGOOD.

Corporate Business Woman of the Year

Joanna Robinson

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Joanna Robinson is MD of Mansfield Pollard & Co. Ltd. The Bradford-based company designs, manufactures and installs energy efficient products and systems. Joanna has thrived in this male-dominated environment while making a major contribution to increased turnover, ambitious expansion plans and increased involvement with staff and community. She has introduced quality management systems for customers and increased involvement with local communities and education establishments.

Home-Based Business Woman of the Year

Faye Smith

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Faye Smith of Keep Your Fork leads a marketing, PR and training consultancy in Sheffield, specialising in supporting and training charities, social enterprises and small businesses. Faye is a volunteer and founder of the Sheffield Media Hub. Her company is piloting a brand booster programme with a national bank, and will publish a self-help book and video series.

International Business Woman of the Year

Sara Davies

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Sara Davies of Bishop Auckland is the founder at Crafter’s Companion, which she set up while still at university. She designs, manufactures, distributes and retails hundreds of craft-related products across the globe. With sales of £8million and 60+ employees, she appears on the Craft TV shopping channel “Create and Craft,” while often making TV appearances throughout the world. She has a base in California and sits on the board of the US chapter of the Craft and Hobby Association, of which she is also the founding head of the board of directors in the UK. Expansion plans are under way in Holland, Germany and France. Sara is also a finalist in the Retail category.

Not for profit Business Woman of the Year

Alison Lowe

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Alison Lowe is chief executive of Touchstone, a mental health charity in Leeds, employing 96, and which is ranked 59 in the Sunday Times top 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to work for. She was rated “inspirational” by her team in the Sunday Times survey, is a Stonewall Top 100 employer and was awarded the Stonewall Yorkshire and Humber Senior Champion of the Year 2014. Income this year is up by £1million, and Alison has spearheaded new ways of working and forging strategic partnerships to benefit its 2,000 service users – many of whom also become volunteers.

PA Business Woman of the Year

Hollie Lawson

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Hollie Lawson is a PA and business assistant at Premier Farnell, a FTSE250 company which distributes and maintains electronic products which serves two million customers globally. With a strong background in project management and events, she often travels internationally and was heavily involved in project managing communication events relating to the closure of the company’s European contact centre and creation of a new commercial centre in Krakow.

Professional Business Woman of the Year

Emilda Eaton

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Emilda Eaton is a partner and head of private clients at Wosskow Brown Solicitors, Sheffield. Born in Malaysia, she moved to the UK to study and qualified as a solicitor. She has substantial experience working with high net worth individuals to manage estate and trust administration, tax planning and asset preservation. She has grown her department to 13 members of staff while also managing trainee contracts, delivering the CSR strategy and supporting the managing director’s vision and leadership.

Property Business Woman of the Year

Amy Wray

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Amy Wray of Applegate Properties, Holmfirth, was the winner of the young business woman of the year in last year’s awards. She bought her first property aged just 20, and when all her friends were going out, she worked to pay the mortgage on her investment property, before setting up as business in 2010. She later included an offering of small commercial lettings and added a sales arm to the business, recently expanding to launch a department for new homes, land and developments. She now employs six staff and recently opened the company’s first high street branch.

Retail Business Woman of the Year

Adele Carnell

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Adele Carnell is the MD of Filmore and Union healthy eating restaurants. Based in Wetherby, she has seven sites ranging from healthy take-out shops in York and Newcastle stations to full restaurants in York and Wetherby. Her company employs 100 staff and they buy 80% of their produce from local suppliers and make everything themselves from scratch. Their focus is on healthy, clean food, free from additives, chemicals and preservatives, and on products for their customers with dietary intolerances. They are accredited by Coeliac UK as the first restaurant in the country offering a 100% gluten free menu – including bread, which they make at their own bakery.

Start-up Business Woman of the Year

Rashmi Dubé

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Rashmi Dubé is also a finalist in the professional category. She is the founder of Leeds and London-based Legatus Law, which specialises in services related to commercial law, tailored for the SME market. Her specialist experience is in construction and commercial law, with emphasis on turnaround and restructuring. She has worked with developers and sub-contractors on projects such as Primark, Sainsbury’s and Manchester Justice Courts. She is also a mediator and business mentor, and is due to publish a book on her experiences and the importance of networking in business.

STEM Business Woman of the Year

Kate Krachai

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Kate Krachai is a director of Quality Context of Sheffield, providing integrated and expert quality management solutions to improve regulatory compliance within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. As a development scientist, Kate founded the company in 2009 and in the past 12 months has doubled both turnover and staff. The team has delivered 300 client projects in 50 countries in five years using innovative business processes, including an electronic quality management system which has automated workflow and increased efficiency.

Young Business Woman of the Year

Jules Quinn

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Jules Quinn is MD of the TeaShed, based in Gateshead. During a work placement she was sent to the supermarket to buy tea for the office cuppa. Seeing a huge selection of coffees but a very limited tea selection, the idea for her business was born. After sourcing different teas, she launched her own tea company in Fenwicks department store, and is now looking to export globally – including taking her tea to Asia. She has an online presence and is investing in social media to encourage awareness, growth and sales. Her plan is to grow her business through international trade shows and to attract worldwide distributors.

SME Business Woman of the Year

Anne Wilson

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Anne Wilson, MD of Numill, Sheffield is also a finalist in the International category. She started at the company as a bookkeeper and then bought the business. Working through managerial change, and returning to the classroom to gain qualifications in accounting, she gained a management degree and then further post-graduate qualifications. For her dissertation she planned a management buy-out, which she went on to make a reality. The company helps engineering companies reduce costs, maintain functionality and fulfil eco targets through tool reclamation and repair old, worn tools. Exports have been crucial to success during a devastating recessionary period.

Business Woman of the Year

Anne Wilson

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Corporate Business Woman of the Year

Caroline Pullich
Joanna Robinson
Helen Thewlis

Home-Based Business Woman of the Year

Sara Danesin
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Jannine Oates
Faye Smith

International Business Woman of the Year

Sara Davies
Karen Milner
Linda Torstensson
Anne Wilson

Not for profit Business Woman of the Year

Sandra Howard
Alison Lowe
Jodie Marshall

PA Business Woman of the Year

Sarah Caswell
Hollie Lawson
Angela Traynor

Professional Business Woman of the Year

Gemma Clark
Rashmi Dubé
Emilda Eaton

Property Business Woman of the Year

Teresa Galley
Karen James
Amy Wray

Retail Business Woman of the Year

Adele Carnell
Sara Davies
Helen Watson

Start-up Business Woman of the Year

Charlotte Armitage
Rashmi Dubé
Maggie Mellor

STEM Business Woman of the Year

Melanie Ellyard
Kate Krachai
Lisa Pogson
Lisa Scales

SME Business Woman of the Year

Dolores Evelyn
Alexa Greaves
Suzanne Johns
Ruth Newton
Anne Wilson

Young Business Woman of the Year

Nicola Mellor
Jules Quinn
Alyssa Randell