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A Sparkly Celebration!

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

The ER Team were honoured to attend the Enterprising Women Awards on Friday 8th October where our MD Eileen Richards MBE and Co-Chair of the female networking group alongside welcomed guests alongside Jean Mountain. The group, which is an initiative through the East Midlands Chamber connects and supports women in business across the East Midlands. After postponing the awards due to COVID-19, Friday’s celebrations were excitedly anticipated by finalists and the glamourous evening and stunning outfits did not disappoint!

Hosted at the Nottingham Belfrey by ITV weather girl Emma Jesson who has been a supporter of Enterprising Women for many years, the award ceremony consisted of 8 categories ranging from ‘Apprentice of the Year’ to ‘Small Business of the Year’ and ‘Business Woman of the Year’. The energy and emotion were pulsing throughout the ceremony with finalists being supported by family, colleagues and clients.

After what has been a turbulent time in business, it was great for members to be back together physically to celebrate each other’s success and enjoy an evening of connectivity and positivity.

In continuation of previous EW award ceremonies, this years entries and finalists were once again outstanding with the sponsors facing incredibly difficult decisions when selecting winners from the high calibre applications.

Here is a list of all of the finalists and winners on the evening, congratulations to each of them:

Business Woman of the Year (sponsored by Futures Housing Group)


Natalie Bamford, Colleague Box (Derby)


Rowan Bradley, Children’s Therapy Solutions

Sandra Wiggins, DPI UK

Jillian Thomas, Future Life Wealth Management

Claire Twells, Smith Partnership

Helen Wathall, Wathall’s Funeral Directors

Female Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Midlands Engine Investment Fund)


Rachel Hayward, Ask the Chameleon (Derby)


Janice Holmes, Janice Rose Lingerie

Iwona Lebiedowicz, PAB Languages

Nicky Botham, Shed Grounds Maintenance

Jaz Kaur, Fraser Stretton Estate Agents

Social Commitment Award (sponsored by PPL PRS)


CR Civil Engineering (Loughborough)


Bodie Hodges Foundation

Cross Productions

Halo Recruit

Hot House Music

Small Business of the Year (sponsored by Unique Window Systems)


Shed Grounds Maintenance (Chesterfield)


Access Training

Balls2 Marketing

Breedon Consulting

We Love Surveys

Female Employee of the Year (sponsored by Smallman & Son)


Matilda Swanson, Loates HR Consultancy (Derby)


Vicky Evans, Air Ambulance Service

Ana-Andreea Covaliu, Design Studio Architects

Hollie Newton, EMA Training

Rosie McLaughlin, Embark Federation

Team of the Year (sponsored by She Inspires Global)


RideWise (Nottingham)


Astute Recruitment

Cross Productions


Futures Housing Group

Outstanding Contribution to Work in STEM (sponsored by Pick Everard)


Rail Forum Midlands



Emh group

JB Engineering

Midland Lead

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by EMA Training)


Evie Smith, Reckitt Benckiser (UK) (Derbyshire)


Brooke Dennis, Recruit 2 You

Courtney Bower, Recruit 2 You

Hannah Ward, Wytech

Bethany Less, Xbite

If you are interested in joining Co-Chairs Eileen and Jean as part of the Enterprising Women group, you can find additional details here: Enterprising Women Events - East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) (

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