Business Women Scotland :: Awards 2015

 

Business Women Scotland Award Winners 2015

BWS Award Judges 2015

Thank you to Margaret Gibson from Women’s Enterprise Scotland who helped pick the shortlist, and our fantastic judges Marie Macklin CBE and Prof Lesley Sawers who had the hard task of choosing the winners, as everyone on the shortlist was worthy of recognition.

Marie Macklin said: “It was fantastic to see so many different types of business, new and old, started by women throughout Scotland. There were some interesting ideas with a positive outlook for future growth, which is great for Scotland’s economy.”

BWS Award Winners 2015

The BWS Awards 2015 Winners

Digital Business of the Year:
Jennifer Hallwood of TEFL UK.
A Short course provider in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK.

International Growth of the Year:
Vivienne Muir of NB Gin.
A London dry gin, distilled in North Berwick.

Business Mentor of the Year:
Christine McGrory, Founder of A Magical Life / The Key.
Helping people to open up to the probabilities of positive change.

Employer of the Year:
Becky Woodhouse from PURE Spa & Beauty.
An urban spa chain offering luxury treatments and voucher experiences throughout Scotland.

New Entrepreneur of the Year (up to 18 months):
Nicola Pitticas from Title IX.
A company that provides young Scottish female athletes the chance to study and compete in the USA.

New Business of the Year (up to 3 years):
Hayley Brown at GlamCandy UK.
A make-up school teaching enthusiasts the most effective techniques.

SME of the Year (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses):
Lee Beattie & Pam Scobbie from Wire Media.
A communications agency with forward-thinking PR campaigns.

Inspirational Woman of the Year:
Jeanette Forbes of PCL Group.
The Inspirational Woman of the Year award was presented by us here at Business Women Scotland magazine to someone we felt inspired other women in business.

Jeanette Forbes started her own IT services company in the male dominated energy world, and has survived tough times to make her company a success. She is a lesson to us all to never give up on your dream. She is a big supporter of encouraging females into the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects, and likes to give back to the community as a business mentor. Any female who has heard her story cannot fail to be inspired.

STV newsreader Rachel McTavish was the MC for the awards, Philanthropreneur and Secret Millionaire Dawn Gibbins Cox MBE was our inspirational guest speaker, entertainment was by the fabulous Globe Girls, and money was raised for the magazine’s charity partner NSPCC Scotland through a silent auction and raffle.

 

The BWS Awards 2015 Shortlist

NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sarah TashniziMy Bababoo LtdFalkirk
Jane BainbridgeCANAPECarluke
Nicola PitticasTitle IXGlasgow

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lesley OsborneOsborne HeathAlloa
Bette TemmingThe Flodigarry HotelIsle of Skye
Tracey EkerFlexiworkforceGlasgow
Hayley BrownGlam Candy UKEdinburgh

SME OF THE YEAR

Simone Hart SibbaldPerfect Service SolutionsStirling
Lee Beattie & Pam ScobbieWire MediaGlasgow
Angela BruntonBe Personnel LtdAlness

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Becky WoodhousePURE SpaEdinburgh
Mariessa DevlinEnchanted Forest Early LearningGlasgow
Lorne BlythFlavours of ItalyEdinburgh
Lisa BruceAcumenAberdeen

DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Jennifer HallwoodTEFL UK OrgDingwall
Frances O’NeillSainted MediaGlasgow
Ann-Maree MorrisonLabels 4 KidsStirling

INTERNATIONAL GROWTH OF THE YEAR

Amanda HamiltonAH Health Communications LtdEdinburgh
Louise PruntyLash Inc. MagazineGlasgow
Vivienne MuirNB GinNorth Berwick

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

Christine McGroryThe Key / A Magical LifeGlasgow
Kirsty MacLeadership StyledGlasgow
Gloria MurrayMurray AssociatesGlasgow

It was a fabulous evening of celebrations and new connections, roll on next year!