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Enterprising Women Awards 2023

Enterprising Women Awards 2023

celebrating success

The Enterprising Women Awards celebrate the achievements of women in business from across the East Midlands.

With the support of our fantastic sponsors, we aim to recognise and showcase the breadth of female talent within our membership community.

Winners were revealed at a gala dinner on 6 October 2023 at Winstanley House.

sponsored by Michael Smith Switchgear

Business Woman of the Year

This prestigious award acknowledges a business professional who demonstrates all-round excellence in business.

Becky Valentine and Victoria Green – Spenbeck
Dawn Brown – Rose Cottage Doggy Daycare
Emma Allen – Acute Business Advisory
Jaz Kaur – Fraser Stretton Property Group - Winner
Sandy Prime – S&D Roofing

sponsored by She Inspires Global

Social Commitment

This award is open to professionals who demonstrate an innovative and proactive approach to corporate social responsibility and responsible business practices.

Cosy Direct - Winner
Guildford Europe
Rosie May Foundation
Rotheras Solicitors

Sponsored by Futures Housing Group

Apprentice of the Year

This category recognises an apprentice who is working towards or has completed her apprenticeship in the last 12 months.

Alice Lees – Rolls-Royce - Winner
Florence Comasky – EMA Training
Lucy Coope – trentbarton
Lucy Hilton – Cosy Direct
Sophie Shapcott – Smith Partnership - Winner

Sponsored by Nelsons

Female Employee of the Year

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.

Asiya Parekh – Leicester Hospitals Charity - Winner
Brogan Lees-Collier – Forsyth Barnes
Cherryl Holland – trentbarton
Emily Brailsford – Rural Action Derbyshire
Sarah Budgie – Regency Source

Sponsored by fraser stretton property group

Female Entrepreneur of the Year

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

Julie Adams – Auditel
Julie Clark – Savage Lighting
Sally Faulkner – Bond Street Distillery Winner
Sarah Withers – Withers Gin
Therese Lord – Construct3D

Sponsored by Breedon Consulting

Team of the Year

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.

Flame UK
Generation Next ambassadors
PPL PRS collections team - Winner
PPL PRS marketing team
Rotheras Solicitors

sponsored by Unique Windows System

Small Business of the Year

This award aims to recognise a female business leader who owns or manages an established organisation with less than 50 employees.

Blueprint Interiors
CMP Legal
Design Studio Architects
Katapult - Winner
S&D Roofing

Sponsored by Pick Everard

She Who Innovates

This award is open to individuals and female-led teams who have used innovation to grow their business.

ChangeXtra – Claire Mann
Construct3D – Therese Lord, Jacob Lord, Jason Lord - Winner
e-bate – Leanne Bonner-Cook and team
Purpose Media – Ruby Birks
RimPro-Tec Wheelbands – Deborah Chester

Sponsored by The Turnaround CEO

Rising Star

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

Chloe Heard – MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP
Coral Guard – GBS Apprenticeships
Katie McLoughlin – Soft Touch Arts
Ruby Birks – Purpose Media - Winner
Scarlett Tinsley – ER Recruitment

Sponsored by Paradigm Wills

Lifetime Achievement

Winner - Sue Tilley, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership
Since 2008, Sue has headed up inward investment and economic strategy and innovation roles at Prospect Leicestershire and LLEP, where she steered the Business Gateway Growth Hub – a European Regional Development Fund-backed programme that has supported more than 4,000 businesses, provided £2m in grants and created 212 jobs since 2019..

Music Sponsor


PPL PRS, facilitators of TheMusicLicence, will be sponsoring the entertainment at the awards gala dinner in October.

Video sponsor

AVIT Media

AVIT Media will be producing the category videos featuring at the awards gala dinner in October.