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2013 Business Awards Winners

9 March 2013 - Apex City Quay Hotel Dundee

There are few opportunities where it is possible to praise and reward the efforts of women. The Women Ahead Business Awards achieve just that, giving women the ultimate recognition – that of their peers and business associates.They highlight the hard work, vision and dedication of women and help raise the profile of women in business and the community.

We are very proud to be the only organisation in the local area to host an Awards Dinner Event where we get together with our business contacts, guests and colleagues to celebrate the achievements of successful women in business.

Women Ahead would like to warmly congratulate all of this years’ finalists and winners.

Winners of the 2013 Women Ahead Business Awards with Chair Wendy Maltman

Photograph (by Angus Forbes) left to right; Jackie Howie, Angus College;
Dr Mhairi Towler, Vivomotion; Doreen Walkinshaw, Darling’s Coffee Shop/Enable Scotland; Wendy Maltman, Chair of Woman Ahead; Laurissa Drysdale, Maggies Farm Boutique; and Lynne Falconer & Sally Kiddie, Heal Physiotherapy (Not shown - Shula Paris, University of Abertay, Young Woman of the Year Award.


This award is presented to an apprentice, trainee, graduate, employee, director, consultant, partner or self-employed woman under the age of 25 who best demonstrates ambition, energy, skill and vision.

The winner is: Shula Paris, University of Abertay
Finalist: Liga Puida, Get Hyped Ltd


This award is presented to a director, consultant or sole trader who has the drive and ambition to determine the success and long term viability of her business.

The winner is: Dr Mhairi Towler, Vivomotion
Finalists: Genna Delaney, Genna Design; Lisa Melrose, Arrecca the Baby Boutique


This award is presented to a woman working for, in or on behalf of a voluntary, community or not-for-profit organisation.            

The winner is: Doreen Walkinshaw, Darlings Coffee Shop (Enable, Scotland)
Finalists: Shona Mason, Esperanza; Kirsty Thomson, Along Came Kirsty


This award is presented to an employee, director, consultant or partner who has made an extraordinary contribution to a business, profession or place of work.

The winner is: Jackie Howie, Angus College
Finalists: Leigh Edwards, The Scarlet Bakery & Bistro; Adelle Hudghton, Enhance Facial Aesthetics; Shona Kane, Insights; Yvonne Ritchie, Brechin Castle Centre


This award is presented to a woman whose business is less than three years old and who has the drive and ambition to determine its success and long term viability.

The Winner is: Laurissa Drysdale, Maggie’s Farm Boutique
Finalists: Lynne Duffus, Lovely Things; Cordelia Gaffney, Just Love Nails; Jenny McLaughlan, Laughing Lamb Creations; Cheryle Sexton, Star Lifestyle Management


This award will be presented to the owner or manager of a business over three years old, of any size, who has identified an appropriate market to operate in or has demonstrated creativity in the approach to expansion or diversification.

The winners are: Lynne Falconer & Sally Kiddie, Heal Physiotherapy
Finalists: Alison Blackwell, Advanced Pest Solutions; Pauline Davidson, Partners Hair & Beauty; Aisling Hanly, Kirriemuir Dental Practice/EFA; Pam Walker, This Little Piggy; Amanda Wiewiorka, Wardhaugh Property Services

With thanks to our Independent Judges;
Amanda Boyle, CEO of Bloom VC and founder member of Women Ahead
Jackie Brierton MBE, Policy Director/MD, Women’s Enterprise Scotland
Lindsay Darroch, Partner, Head of Private Client & Property Services, Blackadders
Ken Edward, Director, The Enterprise Gym, University of Dundee
Professor Sabine Hotho, Head of Dundee Business School, University of Abertay Dundee
Sandy McCurdy, Business Advisor with the Business Growth Team, Perth & Kinross Council


With thanks to our award sponsors;

Blackadders - Sponsor of the Most Enterprising Business of the Year Award

Blackadders has a national reputation as a regional heavyweight in the Scottish legal market. This reputation has been built by the firm's people, who number 150, including 13 partners. Blackadders, has been at the forefront of the provision of high quality legal, property and wealth management services in Tayside and nationally for over 150 years. As well as acting as trusted advisers to many thousands of individuals on their most important personal matters over this time, the firm has also been relied upon by many of the foremost organisations active in Tayside's public and private sectors.


and to our table sponsors;

Asplanned Business Furniture are a Dundee based company specialising in Office and Business furniture. We pride ourselves on providing professional, design led furniture that exceed your expectations. A complete office fit out or single chair we can help you - just give us a call. Delighted to support Women Ahead


Insights is a global learning and development company that works in partnership with leading organisations all over the world providing programmes which have immediate impact and enable positive lasting change. Insights strive to inspire and transform organisations with a simple and practical, results-driven approach to people development. Insights make organisations more effective in personal development, leadership, consultative selling, teamwork and organisational change.


Dundee Business School is Tayside's leading provider of business and management education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. We offer our students an exciting range of up-to-date programmes of study and many opportunities indeed, both inside and outside the classroom, to explore the challenges of business in the 21st century.


Helping individuals & businesses meet their aims and aspirations through our extensive knowledge base, progressive approach and innovative thinking. Our enthusiasm and commitment towards your business and your team ensures we will enjoy working together to save you time, money and provide you with peace of mind.


Event management & marketing. We help businesses write strategic marketing plans, and set up/use online marketing including social media. We provide event management support: venue finding, managing exhibitions/conferences. We source suppliers & speakers, market the event and manage delegates. We plan AND deliver: that’s our Pinkie Promise!


Jane Hickie, Relationship Manager, says “The Royal Bank of Scotland is very proud to be working in association with The Women Ahead Business Awards. Small and medium sized businesses are the driving force behind the Scottish economy and RBS is committed to continuing to support and reassure SME businesses during these challenging times.”


Simpson & Marwick is a specialist award-winning legal provider serving clients throughout Scotland and the UK. We are renowned for our excellence in Employment Law, Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Residential Property and our highly regarded solicitor advocates and trained mediators support client needs in all practice areas. Across all our legal specialisms, and to all clients, we guarantee a consistently high standard of service.


We have the experience and knowledge to provide creative, thoughtful and cost effective graphic design solutions, strategically tailored to your business requirements and delivered to you on time and within your budget. Diligent research, inspired design development and carefully crafted solutions will increase your brand awareness and impact your target audiences.


At Thorntons, we pride ourselves on delivering innovative and commercial legal solutions for businesses always with an eye on your short, medium and long term priorities. We are delighted to sponsor the Women Ahead Awards 2013. Congratulations to all the award nominees and winners and best wishes for continued success.


The Scarlet Bakery is a family business providing quality, hand-decorated cakes for any occasion. The new Scarlets Bakery & Bistro in Newport-on-Tay brings you great food, local produce, wine, coffee and their unique range of cakes. Scarlets are delighted to support the Women Ahead Awards: best of luck to all nominees!
Find us on Facebook: The Scarlet Bakery


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