I am now a Shining Star!
Outstanding Mumpreneurs who deliver excellent business results whilst balancing their family needs have been recognised in an award programme, The Mums UnLtd Shining Stars.
I was delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award, recognising the support I give to my clients, my team and other fellow Mumpreneurs.
What are the Shining Star Awards?
The awards were created by Mums UnLtd, a national business networking company that supports Mums to run successful businesses by providing advice, support and business opportunities. I have been attending for around 5 years, even before I was a Mum.
Mumpreneurs are the backbone of the economy!
According to a report from economics think tank, Development Economics (commissioned by eBay), Mumpreneurs contribute £7.2 billion to the UK economy and are growing at a rapid rate. Figures published in 2016 by the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed more than 800,000 women and mothers now run a business venture from home either part or full-time across the UK. By 2025, the report claims, the Mum economy will generate £9.5billion for the UK and support an extra 13,000 employees, taking the total jobs created by Mumpreneurs to nearly 220,000. This is monumental!
Who were these awards aimed at?
A high number of applicants entered these awards. The key criteria for winners and finalists included demonstrating clearly their business knowledge, experience, creativity, commitment to customer care and strong evidence of business achievements. Entries were judged by a panel of business experts and we celebrated success at a gala lunch at The Hunton Park Hotel in Kings Langley,Hertfordshire.
A great surprise to be recognised!
My highly commended award was a surprise and I was so excited when I heard my name called! It is lovely to be recognised for what you do by people who don’t know you!
Debbie Gilbert, author of ‘The Successful Mumpreneur’ and founder of Mums UnLtd, said ‘The Shining Star awards are all about raising the profile of Mumpreneurs who have become the backbone of the UK economy. Currently, little is done to showcase their achievements and so we are delighted to recognise these amazing women’.
‘Huge numbers of women find major issues combining full-time employment with raising a family, largely due to rising childcare costs and inflexible employers. This has seen a significant rise in the number of women setting up a small business in recent years. Mums UnLtd supports women to start and grow a business around their family. Wendy is someone who always supports others and we wanted through these awards to be able to reward this’.
What else has business networking done for me?
Being part of networking groups has been the backbone for my business. It has been great that I have been able to make great connections and share my business with others who have helped me to spread the word. I never go to events to sell my business to others.
Networking has enabled me to build lasting relationships and support others with their business. In turn, over time people have got to know more me and about the products and have shared with others.
Networking at a time to suit you!
Mums UnLtd is great because the time of day suits me. 9.30am is a great start time and because it finishes at 11.30am. This means I have the rest of the day to either spend with my daughter Jessie or work on my business. A top priority for me is making sure I follow up with people. Arranging one to one appointments is so important. It means we can find out more about each other and how we can help, or how I can refer them to other people.
Find your tribe!
I also do other networking and find the camaraderie really great. My advice is always find a group which has likeminded people in it and at a time and cost to suit you. Many events also have guest speakers from which I have a learnt a lot. Plus I also have been given the opportunity to be able to speak myself on various topics around building a business.
Not my first award and won’t be my last!
The last award I won was back in 2016 in The Best Business Women Awards, which are National Business awards, and I was awarded The Best Networker award and was a finalist in best customer service and best consumer business. I was 39 weeks pregnant at the time, and hearing my name called nearly sent me into early labour!
Awards are really worth considering as they really raise your profile and you get to meet lots of other great business people.
So my new highly commended award certificate will now sit in my office with my Best Networker award, proudly on the shelf. A reminder of how far I have progressed with my business. If you would like to work with me then contact me now!
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