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Enter the Business Mums Conference Awards

Winning an award for your business has to be the best feeling. When you run your own business you rarely get external acknowledgement and an award makes all the difference. It can help you gain all sorts of publicity, and builds customer trust.

Whether you have yet to win an award for your business, or you have won already and know just how powerful an award win can be, why not enter this years’ BusinessMums Conference Awards?

Entering is simple. Don’t panic about your style or grammar: we’re looking for inspiring businesses run by committed mums who are making a success of their enterprise. The more detail you supply the more able we will be to make a good decision. Please include supporting material as appropriate:

  • Media coverage
  • Customer testimonials
  • Images

Send in your entry by 17th September. The panel of judges is headed by What’s On 4’s award winning founder Sam Willoughby, Lynette Allen of The Womens Coaching Company together with Nicky Chisholm, Suzanne Borrell, and Antonia Chitty.

Click here to enter the awards


Best ‘business start up’ award – for businesses within
their first two years.

Sponsored by

Sponsored by Create.Net

Best ‘growing business’ award – for businesses two
years and older.

Sponsored by The Womens Coaching Company

Sponsored by The Womens Coaching Company

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The winner of each award WILL WIN:

arrow Media coverage of their win in:

  • Sussex Life
  • Mums Inc
  • ABC Magazine

arrow 1 year membership of the Mumpreneurs’ Networking Club

arrow A Make-Over including Makeup, manicure and pedicure by Anita Smith of Brighton Beauty –

arrow A personal Style session from Helen Reynold, Style Step Consultant and Sarah Greg Green House Clothes Consultant. More about this prize

arrow A coaching session with Lynette Allen of the Women’s Coaching Company.

arrow In addition the winner of the Best Start up Business will win a Website Consultation session courtesy of

arrow And the winner of the Best Growing Business will win £250 worth of Advertising with the What’s On 4 Group.


1. To be nominated for an award you must be a mum and own your own business.
2. You may nominate yourself or someone else.
3. Judges and relatives of the judges may not enter.
4. To enter you must be able to attend the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
5. Shortlisted entries and winners will be announced at the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
6. Award entries may be submitted until midnight 17th September.
7. Businesses in their first two years of trading may enter the best business start up category. All other businesses will be judged in the ‘growing business’ category.
8. There will be a shortlist of three finalists for each category.


Each finalist will win a selection of signed business books from Antonia Chitty and


Click here to enter the awards

Win Books for You and Your Business

Win Business and Self Development BooksThis month I have a selection of books for you to win to help you, whatever your plans for the year. Choose from a signed copy of ‘Happiness – it’s just a habit’ by Martine Brennan. It is a pocket sized 30 day plan to help you smile more and love your life. Or opt for ‘Ping – How to trap the power of traditional and social media to massively improve your profile and profits’ by Alan Stevens. Or try on of the fabulous ‘How to Books’ range, ‘Start and Run a Business from Home’ by Paul Power. Or go for ‘Work from Home’ by Judy Heminsley. Just put the title of the book you’d like in the subject line and send an email to by 15th February. To find out more about any of the books, browse through the book reviews on Family Friendly Working.

Friday Giveaways from Family Friendly Working

I want more people to get involved and comment on the blog at Family Friendly Working … so I’m offering bribes!
EVery Friday until August there will be a great little giveaway … you could win books, vouchers, coaching sessions, clothes. And all you have to do it comment. Check out the latest post here each week and comment to win:….iday-giveaway/

Friday Giveaway: The Ultimate Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success

I’ll be offering giveaways every Friday for May, June and July, so check out the blog at each week to see what you could win.

This week, we’re offering 3 copies of The Ultimate Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success by Mel McGee. Read a review of the book here – it is great if you want to start an online business or make your online business work even better.

Simply post a comment on the blog at Family Friendly Working to be in with a chance to win. Winners will be drawn at random next Friday.

Book Review: Personal Social Responsibility by Arvind Devalia

Personal Social ResponsibilityIn this book, Arvind Devalia asks you 52 searching questions to help you evaluate your attitude to social responsibility and business. It is ideal for every business owner who wants to take responsibility for their place in the planet.
If you want to take social responsibility more seriously, this book from coach Arvind Devalia is a great place to start. The book gets you thinking from the start, with questions like “How will the world be a better place because you lived?” Maybe not an easy one to answer straight off, but something certainly worth giving serious consideration to. After exploring your attitudes, the books asks questions to help you understand more about corporate social responsibility. You are asked to look at other companies and see what you can learn from their ethics, and how it can apply to you and your business. The book then takes you through implementation, reporting and measurement.

Arvind has kindly donated a copy of the book to be won as part of our essential business books competition. He has signed it with the inspiring message, “Go, Change the World!” which really sums up what the book is all about.
See more and buy the book at

Win Prizes for Doing Your Own PR

Mumsclub is a great source of business advice for mumpreneurs and women who want to set up a family friendly enterprise. ACPR is joining with Mumsclub in a great competition which rewards you for doing your own PR.

Prizes include:

  • Cover feature in the next Business Mums Journal
  • One-to-one consultation with Antonia Chitty of ACPR (over phone if distance is a problem) to help you improve your own PR.
  • Profile on MumsClub
  • Profile on Family Friendly Working
  • MumsClub premium membership for 12 months
  • MumsClub t-shirt

Check out full details of the competition here.

Win Business Books from ACPR

PR BasicsWhether you want to start a new business or just give your business a boost in 2009, you’ll find this bundle of business books incredibly useful. You can win:

  • Anyone Can Do It by Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi,
  • Personal Social Responsibility,
  • Raise Your Game Now!,
  • Spare Room Start Up and
  • A Guide to Promoting Your Business

This is the essential set of business books to give you idea and inspiration for 2009. Read mini-reviews of two of the books below.

To enter, email with the answer to this question: How much is A Guide to Promoting Your Business this month? (Visit to find out.) Entries close 1 March 2009. Social Responsibility Arvind Devalia asks you 52 searching questions to help you evaluate your attitude to social responsibility and business. Ideal for every business owner who wants to take responsibility for their place in the planet. See more at

Paul Stalkers BookRaise Your Game Now! Performance coach Paul Stalker is a great man to help you re-evelaute your attitude to life and deal with any habits that are holding you back. This book doesn’t just look at your behaviour, but also challenges you to take control of your health. With Paul’s GAME mnemonic, Gratitude and Attitude, Make a friend, Enjoy yourself, this book will help you improve your life and business. See to find out all about Paul and what he offers.

Competitions: win loads of books

Just a quick reminder about this month’s competition to win a great selection of parenting books. If you want to take part, email with PARENTING BOOKS by the end of the 30th of September.

Join Webmums in the next couple of days and you can get the chance to win one of five copies of A Guide to Promoting Your Business too – see below for full details.
And there is a new competition up at with a prize of an Arabella Miller T shirt and a Family Friendly Working book too: click the link above to find out more and enter.