East Midlands Chamber’s Enterprising Women Awards made a welcome return this year, with the Awards handed out at the gala dinner on Friday 8 October, held at Nottingham Belfry.

It was fantastic to see so many family business women represented amongst the finalists and winners. Helen Wathall of long-established family business Wathall’s Funeral Directors was amongst the finalists in  the headline Business Woman of the Year category, won by  Natalie Bamford of Derby-based Colleague Box. Natalie founded the Derby-based personalised gift box service alongside husband Adam during the first Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020. At the time, she was on furlough as a technology company’s expedite services assistant and came up with the idea of posting the boxes to home-based colleagues in order to “spread a bit of happiness and positivity” while the country was engulfed by “doom and gloom”. The couple have already grown it into a £1m turnover business as corporations have identified the benefits of being able to send low-cost, high-quality gift boxes. It's great to see a new Midlands family business already picking up Awards!

Melanie Heath of our sponsor CR Civil Engineering took home the title for Social Commitment, another award win for this fantastic family business. Brooke Dennis and Courtney Bower of Recruit 2 You were both finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category  which bodes well for the future Award success of this amazing family business led by Anita Jackson.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalistsin the Enterprising Women Awards - it's great to see everyone celebrating their successes once again.

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