Congratulations to Liz Weston, Future 100 Young Entrepreneur of the Year!

Business Plus Baby guest blogger Liz Weston, founder of Weston Communications and the New Baby Guides, has been awarded the title of “Future 100 Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010”. Liz and her publications, the New Baby Guides have won a Future 100 Award for being “an organisation that can prove impact where people, planet and profit is concerned”.

The Future 100 Awards profile young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture; one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success.

Liz says “I am so pleased to receive this Award and recognition. To be one of the UK’s top 100 social entrepreneurs is brilliant news. We are so pleased that other people see the value in our work with Maternity Units, local businesses and local parenting communities. We’ve always had a social agenda in our work – to date we’ve donated £16K to NHS Maternity Units and we’re very proud of this. It’s not the most commercially viable thing to do, it’s simply the right thing to do.”

Having spotted a gap in the market for working hand in hand with NHS Maternity Units in an ethical, profit sharing fashion, Liz Weston launched the New Baby Guides in 2009, encouraged by Heads of Midwifery from Maternity Units across East Anglia. The New Baby Guides are unique because they are high quality publications where complete editorial, design and content control is retained by the Maternity Units she works with. The New Baby Guides help Maternity Units provide tailored, localised information for new families which is relevant, engaging and easily understood.

Congratulations Liz, you really do deserve your award!

You can read more about Liz and the award on the Weston Communications website.

The Mumpreneur Awards

Winning an award (or just being nominated) can be a great boost to your PR as well as your confidence. Yesterday Laura Rigney told us about The Mumpreneur Conference, today she’s going to talk about The Mumpreneurs Awards, also happening on 18th September at The Heart of England Conference Centre.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm next Friday,  30th July.

Over to Laura…

The Mumpreneur Awards will be a fantastic end to the day at the Heart of England Conference Centre, seeing 8 deserving business mums walk away as winners of one of our 8 categories. With something for everyone to enter, and a quick, free and easy nomination form, nominate yourself today to be in with a chance of winning. The categories are as follows:

– Best Start Up Award – sponsored by Mums The Boss

– Best Online Business – sponsored by Create.net

– Best Business Support

– Best Green Business – sponsored by Yell.com

– Best Saleswoman

– Best Interactive Business

– Most Unique Product

As well as the main award categories, all shortlisted nominees will be in with a chance of winning The Inspirational Business Mum Award, which will be presented to, quite simply, the most inspiring mumpreneur in the UK.

Awards are open for nominations until 30th July 2010, after which a shortlist will be announced. Shortlisted nominees are required to attend The Mumpreneur Conference and Awards, or send a representative. The shortlist will be judged by an independent judging panel to include high profle entrepreneurs such as Rachel Elnaugh and Jo Cameron. Winners will be announced at the event.

This fantastic initiative is in its second year, and with tickets at just £20, you’d be mad to miss it. The ticket price includes entrance to the confernece and awards as well as lunch and a complimentary invitation to a charity event in the evening, the official launch for the Mums Mission calendar. To buy a ticket, submit a nomination or find out more information about the event visit www.themumpreneurconference.co.uk.

Five Tips For Entering Awards

Awards are a great way to get PR for your business, not to mention a nice boost to your confidence! You don't even have to have been in business very long – there are awards out there for 'best new business' for example.

Joanne Dewberry, who last week won the Langtry Manor Business Women's Awards 'Business Mother of the Year Award' for her business Charlie Moos, gives us her top 5 tips for entering awards.

  1. Write a list of all your achievements, quirky things about your business, your unique selling point (USP), how or why you started your business.
  2. Ask your friends why they like or admire about you and the business. Collating this information will give you a big picture of you and your business and lots of examples to draw your answers from.
  3. Read the questions carefully. Make sure you give exactly the information they ask for.
  4. Sell yourself – don’t be embarrassed to big yourself up – this is what they are looking for! They want to hear about the great things you have achieved.  You did it and deserve recognition for it.
  5. Enter them all!  Save copies of award applications, that way you can cut and paste the information about you or your business and refine it so that it's word perfect.

Awards to look at :-

Everywoman Awards  – www.everywoman.com/everywomanAwards
Nectar Small Business Awards – www.nectar.com/businessawards
Barclays Take One Small Step – www.takeonesmallstep.co.uk
Enterprise UK – www.enterpriseuk.org

Joanne Dewberry, full time mummy to Charlie 3 and Megan 1
www.charliemoos.co.uk  and www.networkingmummiesdorset.co.uk
Winner of Langtry Manor Dorset Business Mum of the Year 2010
Highly Commended MumsClub.co.uk PR Comp 2009
Future 100 Young Entrepreneur 2009
TGF Best Rated Awards 2009
Short listed Langtry Manor Best Green Business 2010
Short listed Make Your Mark in The Markets 2010

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