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 Tashnizi My Bababoo Ltd Falkirk
Jane Bainbridge CANAPE Carluke
Nicola Pitticas Title IX Glasgow

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Lesley Osborne Osborne Heath Alloa
Bette Temming The Flodigarry Hotel Isle of Skye
Tracey Eker Flexiworkforce Glasgow
Hayley Brown Glam Candy UK Edinburgh

SME OF THE YEAR

Simone Hart Sibbald Perfect Service Solutions Stirling
Lee Beattie & Pam Scobbie Wire Media Glasgow
Angela Brunton Be Personnel Ltd Alness

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Becky Woodhouse PURE Spa Edinburgh
Mariessa Devlin Enchanted Forest Early Learning Glasgow
Lorne Blyth Flavours of Italy Edinburgh
Lisa Bruce Acumen Aberdeen

DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Jennifer Hallwood TEFL UK Org Dingwall
Frances O’Neill Sainted Media Glasgow
Ann-Maree Morrison Labels 4 Kids Stirling

INTERNATIONAL GROWTH OF THE YEAR

Amanda Hamilton AH Health Communications Ltd Edinburgh
Louise Prunty Lash Inc. Magazine Glasgow
Vivienne Muir NB Gin North Berwick

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

Christine McGrory The Key / A Magical Life Glasgow
Kirsty Mac Leadership Styled Glasgow
Gloria Murray Murray Associates Glasgow

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