At the BusinessMums Conference this week, Brighton based Yummy Lollies picked up the Best Growing Business BusinessMums Award and London’s Third Door was named Best Start Up.
The Awards are an integral part of the BusinessMums Conference, a day to celebrate the growing number of women who combine motherhood with entrepreneurship, and to inspire those who are just getting started.
Within just four years, Yummy Lollies has 700 outlets selling its real fruit ice lollies across the UK. Winners Sarah and Zoe of Yummy Lollies say, “We are shocked and delighted to win the Best Growing Business BusinessMums Award. I’m sure it was very evident that we didn’t except to win the award as there were so many amazing women at the conference who have achieved so much. We believe it will make a fantastic difference to us and our business. The recognition that comes with receiving the award is great as we have already had lots of lovely emails and messages from people congratulating us and wishing us continued success. The award has already found pride of place in our lovely new office.”
Third Door offers flexible workspace with on-site childcare. Shazia Mustafa, Managing Director of the business and mum of two, scooped the Best Start Up BusinessMums Award despite having been in business for only four months. For Shazia and her husband Yusuf Chadun who took a sabbatical from his regular job during Third Door’s launch phase, the Award makes their hard work worthwhile. “It hasn’t been easy opening up a business of this scale during a recession while looking after our own two young children. But knowing that we’re helping parents get the work life balance they need has been our motivation,” she says.
The BusinessMums Conference celebrates the achievements of mothers with businesses, with the inaugural BusinessMum Awards showcasing truly outstanding business mums. There were two award categories: Best Start Up and Best Growing Business. For more information on the BusinessMums Conference go to www.businessmumsconference.co.uk