Gold Winner – Best Business Women Awards
Annie Armitage in her evening gown and pearls accepting her gold award at the Best Business women awards sw London

I can’t believe that it is four months and I haven’t talked about this! Life and work were so busy, particularly during Christmas and now in January and having time off it is a great opportunity to share about this wonderful accolade!

What is the Best Business Women Awards?

They are the largest and most prestigious women in business awards in the UK.

Since 2015 their awards have been recognising great female entrepreneurs who are making a real impact on their industry. Any business woman who owns or is a partner in a business, is eligible to enter. They are open to any business type from sole trader to large companies.

These entrepreneurial business awards are designed to recognise the achievement of women across a wide range of business categories which is about sharing your story with the judges, the triumphs, the challenges, and the achievements. The awards are judged by a panel of business experts-there is no voting. Too see more about the awards click here BEST BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS.

Why did I enter?

I have had my business 17 years this year and can’t believe where the time has gone! I take what I do for granted so to enter these awards was simply to test myself. My aim was to get to the final as I enjoy a good party!

In 2020 I entered the “Children and Families” category and got to the final and came away as a silver winner which I was thrilled with so when the “Creative” category was announced last year, I thought this was a perfect category for me.

By entering these awards I knew that they were fairly judged, but tough. Each entry has 3 separate judges who wouldn’t have been allowed to know me and then there is an adjudicator compiling all the scores.

It wasn’t just about answering the questions on the entry but also supplying a solid bank of evidence to support all the answers and that took many hours to put together.

Being a finalist

Apparently, there were approximately 65 women entrepreneurs who entered the Creative Category and it became one of the biggest categories with 12 finalists. One of my greatest friends was also a finalist, Cheryl Laidlaw. Her Instagram @Londonwebgirl is full of information, hints and tips. We said we would celebrate regardless who won as we had done so well even to get this far!

I also had other friends, Andrea Boughton from Beehive Green @beehive_green, Marie-Louise O’Neill of @lovelyevolutiondesign and also Dara Stringham of @daraforddesigns as finalists with me.

What a moment!

When my name was read out and I stood up to go to the stage to collect my award it was such a moment to see all my friends around me standing up and applauding me. It is certainly a moment I will cherish for ever.

Such an amazing evening and what a party too! The awards took place at the Wembley Hilton and it was a glittering occasion.

Kingston Borough Business Awards

After the success at the Best Business Women Awards I decided to enter the “Freelancer” Category and I am so thrilled to announce that I am a finalist with the awards evening taking place at the end of February! I will let you know how I get on!

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