INSPIRE Award Categories & Nominations 2019




The awards recognise and celebrate some of the talented women we have in our amazing community!

The Business Girls Awards initiative is an important platform for recognising the impact that women can have both in business and in their communities, and in doing so, to identify female role models that will inspire women of the future.

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Business Girl of the Year Award

Sponsored by Caroline Christer from Maidenhead Podiatry and Chiropractic Clinic
Caroline Christer

Maidenhead Podiatry & Chiropractic Clinic

This category will recognise individual women who have achieved significant accomplishments and who have founded and run their own company.  This woman will be the driving force behind success and has shown exceptional abilities in mentoring other women; and/or who have achieved significant growth and results.   This women is an exceptional role model and shows innovation, audacity and tenacity.  She is a woman that has done it all, including juggling family and business life.



Maidenhead Podiatry & Chiropractic Clinic – Caroline Christer 

Business Girl Rising Star of the Year Award

Sponsored by Michelle Brown of The Rainbow Rooms

This category will recognize women age 30 and under.  This woman is a ‘Woman to Watch’ with raw talent.  She may be a future leader and/or somebody just starting out in business or has already formed her own company.  This woman must have a real passion for their business, vitality, determination and a real potential for growth.


The Rainbow Rooms – Michelle Brown


“The Rainbow Rooms philosophy of nurturing the connection between mind, body and spirit for health and self care manifests in our Reiki for Relaxation treatments and sharing the uses and benefits of essential oils.”

We at The Rainbow Rooms wanted to celebrate those who have taken those first, daunting steps out of their comfort zone and into the light of their own personal power by supporting this award for ‘Rising Star’….may you sparkle long and bright!

Young Woman of the Year Award

Sponsored by Seema Goyal of Goyals

This award recognises a Young Woman who has achieved something or had to overcome some obstacles to be where she is today.  This category is open to anybody under the age of 21.



Goyals – Seema Goyal

“Seema is the proud owner of a local family run School outfitters supplying uniforms in Berkshire & Bucks for over 50 yrs. Goyals also supply school, dance, sports & club uniforms as well as work wear.”


It is an incredible honour to be sponsoring the ‘Young Woman of The Year’ Business Girls Award this year.  There are so many deserving and talented young women in our communities who deserve some recognition.

Best Home Based Business Award

Sponsored by Cassandra Davis of The Passive Income Mama

Rimu Marketing is delighted to sponsor the “Best Home Based Business”.  This award celebrates and recognises those women who chose to build a business, continue with their careers and in many cases also work around other family commitments.  The winner will show great skill, determination, passion, and commitment to establish a successful business.



Rimu Marketing – Sophie Comas

“Rimu Marketing is a small business marketing consultancy covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey.”

It’s harder than people realise to run a business from home! The pros are amazing but the cons can be many and a real challenge to work around. That’s why I’m proud to sponsor this award because being able to make it all work from home is truly inspiring.” 

Best New Business

Sponsored by Serena Edwards of Vivid Marketing Communications

This category is for women who are in the early stages of building their business and have been operating for 12 months or less.  This woman will be somebody who has shown exceptional steps to move her business forward during her first year of trading.  



Vivid Marketing Communications – Serena Edwards

“Vivid offers companies a unique combination of skills from marketing to Sales to further promote their business in reaching new markets and customers by increasing their brand awareness and messaging through a variety of channels and media.”

Having started several new businesses I sponsored this award as I know how hard it can be form the high’s to the low’s and through the failures and successes.  Be strong and learn from these lessons and your business will thrive and grow and don’t forget to ask for help along the way and you will be the success you want to be!

Business Girl Progress Prize Award

Sponsored by Amy Stroud of Brittons Solicitors Limited

This category will be awarded to a woman who has made dedicated effort and progress within their business.  This could be a woman who has created a healthy growth and reputation and achieved outstanding progress.  This could also be a woman who has showed significant progress whilst dealing with difficult circumstances.

Businesses of all types are capable of progress but it’s ambition, passion and capability of the women in our community that drives progress.



Brittons Solicitors Limited – Amy Stroud

I congratulate and celebrate women in our community who made progress in their businesses, and, more importantly, they give inspiration to those who may face challenges. I help and seek justice for people suffering serious and life changing injuries; it is humbling to support their challenges and celebrate their successes. 

Service of the Year Award

Sponsored by Helen Steel of Streamlion Consulting Ltd

This woman will be a woman who delivers an excellent service and sets her company apart from the competition.   The award will recognize a woman who consistently demonstrates they give an unrivalled service to their customers and have gone the extra mile for their customers.  Longevity of customer relationships, customer loyalty and retention of customers should be a key consideration when nominating for this award.



Streamlion Consulting Ltd – Helen Steel

I am sponsoring Biz Girl Service of the Year because successful, thriving businesses are always underpinned by a seamless service that is offered by a person or company who goes that extra mile to make sure of that success. They are the nucleus of excellence and I applaud them.

Creative Business Girl of the Year Award

Sponsored by Michelle Carvill of Carvill Creative

This award will highlight, recognise and a celebrate a woman who demonstrates a flair for creativity in her business.  The creative sector encompasses marketing, dance, graphic design, photography, dance, food, beauty and visual art to name but a few.


Carvill CreativeMichelle Carvill

“Michelle Carvill, strategic marketer, agency founder and three times published author – the UK’s leading authority on social media strategy. Making Digital Marketing Simple(r)… Helping businesses to cut through the confusion, take action and get results.” 

Stepping out of your comfort zone, making change, seizing the moment and taking action takes significant courage, commitment and huge amounts of creativity and resilience. When I stepped away from a very secure position to do things ‘my way’ 16 years ago – I had no idea what lay ahead. But what I did know was that, even with the anxiety of the unknown, the financial insecurity, the day to day challenges, a major recession – it was absolutely necessary to make things work ‘on my terms’. For that reason, I celebrate all women who take that step, commit to action, face all matter of adversity and get out there and do it for themselves.

Most Inspiring and Active Business Girl of the Year

Sponsored by Claire Stewart of Inspire Hot Yoga

This award is to recognise a woman who demonstrates strong leadership qualities and is a true role model to other women and plays a key role in the Business Girls community.  This category will recognise a woman who effects positive change and who provides support and assistance to other women and has the ability to motivate.


Inspire Hot Yoga – Claire Stewart 

I am thrilled to sponsor this award again this year. I am always truly amazed by the amount of inspiring ladies there are in our community. I have certainly been inspired on many levels by so many of you. It is great that we can acknowledge those who shine particularly bright.

Business Girl Heart of the Community Award

Sponsored by Sarah Parfitt of The Media Hub

This category celebrates a woman who is instrumental in delivering change throughout her community.  She is someone who engenders true community spirit.  She enhances the local area by being at the heart of the community where her organization operates, and, adds value to the lives and outlook of those within the community.


The Media Hub – Sarah Parfitt

I am a media consultant and I run the Media Hub, a networking group for industry professionals in Cookham. I am also a freelance trainer for the BBC Academy and worked as a radio producer for over 20 years before that.

It was such an honour to win the Business Girl Heart of the Community Award last year both for running the Media Hub and for my ambassadorial work for Partners For Change Ethiopia. I am a people person and being part of a community is invaluable to me.  After having my two sons and moving to Cookham, I found it quite isolating working from home initially, which is why I set the Media Hub up, so that I could collaborate with other media professionals. It has also been wonderful to be a part of the burgeoning Business Girl community because I find it such a supportive and vibrant networking group. I am so excited about presenting this year’s winner with their award – in our ever-changing, frenetic world being part of a local and a global community has never been more important.

Business Girl Community Business Award

Sponsored by the Maidenhead Advertiser


This award recognises the positive impact women and their businesses can have on their communities by engaging locally and contributing to the SME economy.  The winner will be a female-led business that can demonstrate not only its own success, but also the benefits resulting from its interaction with other businesses and the wider community. This award is limited to Maidenhead and surrounding areas only.  This award category ONLY is voted via the Maidenhead Advertiser website.  Please click here to VOTE.


Maidenhead Advertiser

In our 150 year history, the Advertiser has always been passionate about local businesses. We champion equality and support businesses and organisations from a range of backgrounds in boosting the local economy and ensuring Maidenhead and the surrounding area has such a unique community spirit.


James Preston

Deputy editor

Terms and Conditions


  • Nominations will be released on 25th January 2019
  • The closing date for nominations is at midnight 13th February 2019.
  • Finalists will be notified by 18th February 2019.
  • There will be three women shortlisted in each category as finalists.
  • Voting for finalist’s will re-open on 21st February 2019.
  • Voting will close at midnight on 1st March 2019.
  • Award winners will be announced at The INSPIRE Conference & Awards only on 8th March 2019.


Terms & Conditions

  • The organiser reserves the right to check information contained in the nomination.
  • The organiser reserves the right to re-categorise nominations if appropriate.
  • Nominees for the ‘Business Girl Rising Star’ must be aged under 30 by 8th March 2019.
  • Nominees for the ‘Young Woman of the Year’ must be aged under 21 by 8th March 2019.
  • The Business Girl Community Business Award sponsored by the Maidenhead Advertiser will be voted via the Maidenhead Advertiser website under the same terms outlined.
  • Finalists must purchase a delegate ticket to attend the conference.
  • The organiser’s reserve the right to photograph & film during the Conference & Awards Ceremony to be used in all promotional material both in online and offline media.
  • Finalists agree to be featured on all online & offline media prior to the conference.

Nomination Form

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