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The Enterprising Women Awards 2022

The Enterprising Women network has been recognising the valuable contribution women in business make to the East Midlands region for 25 years, so its anniversary year is a great time to celebrate through its annual awards programme. 

With new categories added to the programme celebrating diversity champions, young talent and lifetime achievement, there has never been a better opportunity to showcase the achievements of female leaders throughout the business community. 

We'd like to extend our thanks to our valued sponsors for the Enterprising Women Awards 2022, and we look forward to celebrating with you all at our gala dinner on 30 September.

For any queries regarding the awards, please contact events@emc-dnl.co.uk.


Business Woman of the Year - Headline Sponsor

Futures Housing Group

This prestigious award acknowledges a business professional who demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The award will be presented to a leader who is ultimately responsible for the outstanding success of a company or organisation, not necessarily owned by them.


Olivia Pritchard – Bustler Market @ The Chocolate Factory

Samantha Bennett – Hear4u & Healthscreen

Emily Smith – Michael Smith Switchgear

Monica Huang – Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Laura Cook – The Learning Support Centre

Social Commitment Award - Sponsored by 


This award is open to professionals who demonstrate an innovative and proactive approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and responsible business practices. Entrants will be required to demonstrate how they have tackled key social or environmental issues to make a positive impact in their local community. 


Gift Wellness

Michael Smith Switchgear

Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Treetops Hospice

TTK Confectionery

Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by

This category recognises an apprentice who is working towards or has completed her apprenticeship in the last 12 months. This award will be presented to an individual who has shown the commitment and drive to make a significant impact to the organisation they work in.


Rebecca Houlston – Cross Productions

Polly Oakes – Express Recruitment

Lucy Bamford-Jones – Fidler & Pepper Lawyers

Esme Wade – MacMartin

Rubie Birks – Purpose Media

Female Employee of the Year - Sponsored by

Smallman and sons




This award aims to recognise a professional that has made a significant difference to their organisation. This person will not own or run the business, but will have contributed to its overall success over the last 12 months by going the extra mile.


Victoria Philp – Everards Brewery

Katie Stephens – Noble Events

Lizzie Peate – Penny Price Aromatherapy

Karen Miles – trentbarton

Leah Binney – TTK Confectionery

Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Sponsored by

This award is for a leader who has started a business in the last five years. The winner of this category will demonstrate the strong development of the business from a clear vision and planning through to successful growth.


Olivia Pritchard – Bustler Market @ The Chocolate Factory

Jaz Kaur – Fraser Stretton Property Group

Dawn Brown – Rose Cottage Doggy Day Care

Charlene Brand – The Wellness Brand

Sarah Withers – Withers Gin

Team of the Year Award - Sponsored by

This award is for a team of people (which can consist of both male and female employees) which is achieving success through the leadership and management of a dynamic female leader.

The team will need to show how they have worked together towards common goals, met challenging objectives and exceeded expectations along the way.


Balls2 Marketing

Everards Brewery

Loates HR Consultancy

TTK Confectionery

TwentyTwenty – Love4Life

Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by

This award aims to recognise business leader who owns or manages an established organisation with less than 50 employees. The award will be presented to a company which has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance and has clear plans and objectives for the future of the organisation.


Access Training East Midlands

Cross Productions

EMA Training

Fraser Stretton Property Group

Noble Events

Outstanding Contribution to work in STEM - Sponsored by

Pick Everard

This award is open to an individual or female-led team who have demonstrated outstanding research and innovation in the field of STEM. Entrants must also demonstrate how they have contributed to raising awareness around STEM careers/research, particularly those practices encouraging more female involvement.


Bam Boom Cloud


De Montfort University

Lotus Maternity

PERFORMS Assessment

Diversity Champion 2022 - NEW

Sponsored by 

With nominations open to all, this award will recognise someone who has demonstrated consistent integrity and progressive thinking in the support of women in business.

Entrants must demonstrate how they have promoted, profiled, networked, and championed colleagues who identify as female. This award is only open to nominations on behalf of a colleague or friend.


Stephen Gould – Everards Brewery

Narinder Nijjar – Fraser Stretton Property Group

Maria Hanson – me&dee

Gill Heppell – PerCurra

Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan – Zinthiya Trust/She Inspires Global

Rising Star 2022 - NEW 

Sponsored by

Aimed to recognise a female professional aged between 18 and 35, this award will showcase someone who has achieved exceptional career growth, with potential to develop into a future leader.

The entrant must demonstrate how they have contributed to their organisation, including examples of leadership, responsibility and sphere of impact. Entrants may not have reached a senior-or chief-level position, but show a strong potential for future advancement within their profession.


Lottie Hardy – EMA Training

Emma Baumback – Future Life Wealth Management

Grace Golden – Purpose Media

Jessica Barnett – Timms Solicitors

Santa York – TTK Confectionery

Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 - NEW

Sponsored by 

Awarded to a female who has contributed to business in the region and their sector for 10 years or more. Someone who has shared their expertise and used their voice along the way to support women in business, and who embodies the values of Enterprising Women should be nominated for this award.

This award is only open to nominations on behalf of a colleague or friend. Finalists will not be announced, and the winner will be revealed at the gala dinner on 30 September 2022.   

Finalists are not announced for this category, with the winner announced at the gala dinner on 30 September.

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