Amidst the crazy year I’ve had, having a baby and running a business, I was proud to announce that I won an Enterprise Vision Award for the second year in a row! I was once again shortlisted as Sole Trader of the Year in the Enterprise Vision Awards. I won this category last year and it was a fantastic event that I decided to enter again.
Last year I was 26 weeks pregnant, so I didn’t get to celebrate properly when I won. However, this year I was going to enjoy myself and it was also the first time I had left my baby over night.
I didn’t think I would win two years in a row and had convinced myself that I wouldn’t. When my name was announced to say I was overwhelmed and emotional was an understatement. I had to then give a speech to 600 people and I froze. I could not get the words out and just burst out crying. Luckily the audience were amazing and just cheered me on. Last year I was cool and composed. I deserved the award, but this year I felt like I deserved it so much more. I have been through a really tough year having a baby 10 weeks premature (read more here), but despite everything I still managed to run a business and keep things going. This year’s award felt like recognition for that.
Lots of champagne was consumed, dancing was done and a trip to the casino too! We had a great night and really let our hair down. Not only did we leave April, but it gave us the opportunity to reflect a bit about what we’ve been through the past year.
The awards recognise women in business in the North West and I feel so proud and privileged to have won this prestigious award once again – up against some stiff competition from other fantastic businesses.