The Midlands Regional Winners

NFP & Social Enterprise

Veronica Kumeta,
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer

Veronica Co-Founded Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer with the late Sue Macmasters in June 2000 when their mutual friend Carol Knaggs was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Very sadly 12 months later Sue was also diagnosed and after loosing both her very dear friends, she was really determined to make lfbc a huge success.

STEM Rising Star 

Jessica Okoro,
BE Science

Jessica founded BeScience STEM after struggling with conventional learning due to dyslexia.  However, learning science through hands-on, fun and engaging demonstrations and practical sessions really helped her to change from a student predicted to fail her GCSEs into a graduate in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science.

STEM Leader

Suzanne Smith,
Soteria Asbestos

Suzanne founded multi-award winning Soteria Asbestos as the managing director following redundancy in 2014. She’s also an asbestos consultant, surveyor and trainer. Her determined and passionate entrepreneurial spirit has increased turnover, grown the portfolio of clients and introduced innovative training methods.

Inspiring Leader 

Raj Holness,
Breaking the Silence

Raj suffered years of domestic abuse by family and ex-partners. It took her 20 years to break the silence, despite her abusers repeatedly telling her that no one would listen. Thankfully they were wrong. Raj found the courage to speak out and her project, Breaking the Silence, was born.

Rising Star 

Danielle Thompson,
Purple Monster

Danielle is Commercial Director at Purple Monster which came after a leap of faith from the corporate sector to a small creative organisation. Promoted to Director after two years, Danielle has already, and continues to transform the organisation commercially and culturally, always with a smile and a propensity to laugh, a lot.

Corporate Leader 

Carol Shanahan,
Synectics Solutions

Carol founded Synectics Solutions with her husband 25 years ago. Starting with one client in a tiny office the company is now hugely successful. Her determination to build a business which genuinely nurtures its staff, and actively works to make a difference locally, have been two principles constantly championed by Carol.


Fiona Patterson,
Works Psychology Group

Fiona is a leading expert in assessment, selection and innovation in organisations. Founding Director for Work Psychology Group, an organisational psychology consulting practice located in the UK and Australia, they provide advice to organisations internationally. She's also a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge.

Young Entrepreneur

Victoria Crampton,
Create Us Online

Victoria is the managing director of Create Us Online, a hotel digital marketing agency. With a results focused business strategy, they have a proven record in helping their clients generate more revenue online by encouraging guests to book direct and on average clients see a 25% incremental uplift in revenue within the first 6 months.


Rebecca Bidwell,
Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants

Rebecca is Director of a Law Costs Drafting Company which is on track to become the largest provider of Legal Aid billing. She has been instrumental in growth of turnover by 432% in three years. Exceptionally motivated, her ambition is proving you can have it all, raise a family and love what you do.

SME Emerging 

Kim Morgan,
Barefoot Coaching

Kim is the managing director of Barefoot Coaching and has over 25 years’ experience in psychology, people development and coaching. With a career spanning the voluntary sector, therapy and the corporate world, she came to coaching in 2000 and set up one of the UK’s first coach training companies.

SME Growth 

Nicola Millward,
Millward Partnership

Nicola is the Managing Director of The Millward Partnership, established by her father in 1993, and fifteen years ago she joined him with a view to one day allowing him to retire.  Six years ago she bought the business and continues its success as a Civil & Strucutral engineering consultancy, offering an integrated design solution for a variety of projects and schemes.

The Midlands Highly Commended 

SME Emerging 

Tara Tomes,
East Village

Tara set up EAST VILLAGE back in 2013. Born from a desire to create lasting relationships through engaging conversations, the agency specialises in PR, marketing and events for retail, leisure and hospitality brands around the UK.