I would be pleased to share the news of this section, written by Lucy Richardson from North Express magazine, about the finalists in the North East for Mumpreneur UK, Conference and Awards, 2015.
Chocolatier, fancy dress retailers, a website designer and provider of accommodation for foreign Digital Marketing Company Nottingham students is one of the inspiring women from all over the North-East named a finalist in the 2015 Mumpreneur Awards.
Alison Stephenson has been selected in the category for her range of business, AAA hosts Family Ltd, which is a ‘home from home’ findings for teens studying in the UK from overseas.
This is just one of six successful company run by 32-year-old mother-of-two from Darlington who are profoundly deaf.
“As well as working, my children Lewis, five, and William, three, both have health problems so I also had to spend a lot of time with them. Mumpreneur to make the final award is a virtual pat on the back, it was a stranger who says “well done” for all my hard work. “
Alison has also made the final 10 The Stelios Award 2015, organized by easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who supports entrepreneurs with disabilities and raise awareness of the skills and inventiveness those with disabilities.
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“At school I wanted to be a doctor but I was told I would never achieve anything so I set out to prove them wrong – I play a musical instrument, I go traveling and I continue to build a business,” he explained.
There are over 3,000 entries for this year Mumpreneur Awards, the highest award for mom-run business in the UK – which is trimmed to 100 finalists, of which 10 percent is from the North-East.
A finalist in the category of Spark, entrepreneurial talent Amy Granger driven by the desire to still be able to give him three daughters sweet treats because they all have multiple allergies, including milk, soy and gluten.
Now he’s a variety of delicious handmade dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan Essy & Bella chocolates are sold online, at festivals around the country, who have the local stockists and he has recently been getting retailers in France.
“It feels just as good, if not better than real chocolate and the response has been fantastic,” said Amy, 33, from Gateshead, the mother of Isobel, six, Esme, three and Cicely, 15 months, who was born prematurely at 32 weeks.
“When Esme was five weeks he contracted pneumococcal meningitis and septicemia, and we do not know whether we would survive the day. After that she had so many follow-up appointments that will be impossible to have a full time job, but I want to do something positive, that is how Essy & Bella Chocolate was born. “
Experienced in managing large scale projects, web developers Blueocto Ltd Caroline Hagan launched earlier this year to focus on the skills to help start-ups, small and medium businesses get online and increase their digital presence.
“I love helping people one-to-one, I specialize in branding, web design, e-commerce and social media – I would love to think that down the line I could have my own team,” said the 31 year-old mother for children 14-month-old, Callie, and Wired category competitors.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized and become part of the award Mumpreneur. I think you have to be a certain type of person to work for yourself involved in many skills such as being organized and planning ahead, “added Caroline of Wallsend whose passion for order has led him to start a second business, Tamed Spaces, providing home decluttering.
The winner of the seventh Mumpreneur Awards which will be announced on Saturday, November 14th at the Heart of England Conference Center in Warwickshire.
As a former teacher, Lyndsey Johnson, inspired by the children’s ability to learn and express themselves through Digital Marketing Companies Nottingham creativity. He started LJ Retail Group which includes Fancy Dress, websites and 3,000 sq ft superstore in Meadow.