September 21, 2018
Our founder Laura Birrell, secured the title of Entrepreneur of the Year at this years Scottish Women's Awards.
The 2nd Scottish Women’s Awards 2018 welcomed over 200 guests at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow Hotel on Wednesday, September 12th in an exclusive celebration dedicated to women.
The awards ceremony aimed to showcase the contribution of women to many industries and professions such as Law, Medicine, Technology, Arts and many more. The Scottish Women’s Awards 2018 also provided a platform to thank and recognise meritorious ladies for their attributions to our society as well as for the exceptional work they carry out on a daily basis that often remain un-known and un-appreciated.
The black-tie event was hosted by TV/Radio Presenter and columnist, Hayley Matthews. She welcomed on stage hard working females, leaders and businesses who have excelled to the forefront of their industries.
A spokesperson of The Scottish Women’s Awards 2018, said: “We are very happy to have acknowledged inspirational women from across Scotland who have gone above and beyond in their profession. It is a pleasure to see that empowered women, empower women and this memorable ceremony dedicated to them, celebrated exactly that”.
“I hope these awards have accomplished their aims and indeed provided a platform to inspire women at all ages and spread the message that women can be successful leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, scientists and CEOs amongst other”.
“The awards showcased examples of courage, passion, skill, commitment and success that feature in women and we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their impeccable achievements.”
Laura Birrell stated "to win this award is a massive accolade for the company and the great support I receive from Business Gateway and my business partners. The Scottish Women's Awards were a great way to celebrate the achievements of women across the Scotland. I am honoured to be named as one of them">
The evening also helped to raise funds for our official charity partner, Smart Works Edinburgh; an organisation which empowers women in need by providing them with the attire, advice, training and confidence that they need to unlock their potential and succeed in the workplace.
There were 32 award categories presented on the night and the winners are as follows:
Creative Industries Leader of the Year: Jude Barber (Collective Architecture, Glasgow)
Services to Charity / Third Sector: Sandra Brown (The Moira Anderson Foundation, Airdrie)
Rising Star of the Year : Naomi McAuliffe (Amnesty International, Edinburgh)
Services to Science & Technology: Alison Arnold (Ingenza, Edinburgh)
Services to Medicine: Karen Adamson (Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh)
Services to Media: Shereen Nanjiani (BBC, Glasgow)
Services to Law: Hazel Moffat (DLA Piper, Edinburgh)
Services to Education: Kathryn Wittneben (University of the West of Scotland, Ayr)
Services to Accounting and Finance: Carol Flockhart (Chiene + Tait, Edinburgh)
Social Leader of the Year: Geraldine Cotter (Money Matters Advice Centre, Glasgow)
Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year: Rebecca O'Connor (Beatitude, Gullane)
Contribution to Arts and Culture: Ruth Gill (National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh)
Managing Director of The Year: Anneli Ritari-Stewart (iProspect, Edinburgh)
Food Entrepreneur of the Year: Jane Stewart (St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, St Andrews)
Digital Business of the Year: Be-IT (Glasgow)
Independent Retail Business of the Year: Moda Dea (Glasgow)
Family Run Business of the Year: Kids Connecting (Glasgow)
Small Business of the Year: Cascade Water Products (Arbroath)
Business of the Year: Time2Dine (Glasgow)
Business of the Year (less than 50 staff): 8 Million Stories (Edinburgh)
Business Woman of the Year: Fiona Deas (Eagle Couriers, Bathgate)
Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff): Julie McLauchlan (Perceptive Communicators, Glasgow)
Best Professional in Business: Emma Armstrong (B-Able Business Services, Glasgow)
Entrepreneur of the Year: Laura Birrell (Sticky Heelz, Glasgow)
CEO of the Year: Rachel Jones (SnapDragon, Edinburgh)
Woman of the Year: Chantal Mrimi (Scottish Rwanda Community, Glasgow)
Corporate Leader of the Year: Debbie Crosbie (Clydesdale Bank, Glasgow)
Contribution to Civil Service: Sarah Deas (Co-operative Development Scotland, Glasgow)
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Lauren Leisk (Fodilicious, Livingston)
Services to Sport: Lisa Evans (Arsenal FC, Perth)
Women of Influence: Donalda MacKinnon (BBC Scotland, Glasgow)
Women Support Group of the Year: The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland (Edinburgh)
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