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
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.
Best ‘business start up’ award – for businesses within
their first two years.
Sponsored by Create.net
Best ‘growing business’ award – for businesses two
years and older.
Sponsored by The Womens Coaching Company
|The winner of each award WILL WIN:
Media coverage of their win in:
- Sussex Life
- Mums Inc
- ABC Magazine
1 year membership of the Mumpreneurs’ Networking Club
A Make-Over including Makeup, manicure and pedicure by Anita Smith of Brighton Beauty – www.brightonbeauty.co.uk
A personal Style session from Helen Reynold, Style Step Consultant and Sarah Greg Green House Clothes Consultant. More about this prize…
A coaching session with Lynette Allen of the Women’s Coaching Company.
In addition the winner of the Best Start up Business will win a Website Consultation session courtesy of Create.net.
And the winner of the Best Growing Business will win £250 worth of Advertising with the What’s On 4 Group.
||To be nominated for an award you must be a mum and own your own business.
||You may nominate yourself or someone else.
||Judges and relatives of the judges may not enter.
||To enter you must be able to attend the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
||Shortlisted entries and winners will be announced at the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
||Award entries may be submitted until midnight 17th September.
||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.
||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 Startups.co.uk
This 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 email@example.com by 15th February. To find out more about any of the books, browse through the book reviews on Family Friendly Working.
You can win one of 2 copies of How to Be an Amazing Mum When you Don’t Have the Time.
This is a practical tip-based book which even the busiest mum should find time to flick through.
If you want to enter, just answer a few short questions here
. Closing date 15th November
I’ll be offering giveaways every Friday for May, June and July, so check out the blog at www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk 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.
In 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 www.personalsocialresponsibility.com
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.
- 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.
Whether 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: How much is A Guide to Promoting Your Business this month? (Visit www.prbasics.co.uk to find out.) Entries close 1 March 2009.
Personal 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 www.personalsocialresponsibility.com.
Raise 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 www.paulstalkereffect.com to find out all about Paul and what he offers.
Read my guest post on the Womanwise Marketing blog about How Giveaways Can Make YOUR Business A Winner. It is full of tips on how I obtain great competition prizes and use them to generate sign-ups for my newsletter.
Just a quick reminder about this month’s competition to win a great selection of parenting books. If you want to take part, email email@example.com with PARENTING BOOKS by the end of the 30th of September.