Every stage of entering the EVA's has been fantastic for my business; I'm focused, implementing quickly, and really thinking about what I want and where I am going now. Winning Small Business of the Year has been such a wonderful affirmation for me, and has given my clients added confidence in choosing me as their photographer.
I won an EVA! Wow, what an accolade. I was thrilled to be recognised for the efforts I put into networking in the North West of England. Supporting members of my networks is important to me as an individual and to my team here at Ellison Printing. Our aim here is to help, to make lives easier - connecting good businesses via successful networking is one way in which we can do this.
Winning an Award is an achievement that has many benefits. Personally, it give you a boost, a pat on the back. For your business it raises your profile, gives you good PR via newspapers, radio, company literature, gets your customers and acquaintances talking. It's a 'feel good', it's EVA Fever!
The Awards Evening itself was flawless, well made plans well executed. A great opportunity to meet and network (I would say that!) with like minded people across the North West, all of whom are keen to continually improve themselves and their business(es). There's such a buzz in the room, so much excitement and it's so fantastic to be part of a winning community.
We were absolutely delighted to win an EVA Award for customer service at this year’s EVA Award ceremony. It meant a lot to us, as customer service is at the forefront of what we do at Barrica and it was enormously gratifying to have this recognised and voted for by our wonderful customers.
As Barrica is an all woman team, operating is a very male dominated industry, winning an EVA Award was extra special and it generated a lot of interest and valuable publicity. We were featured three times on Radio Lancashire that week and had some excellent write ups in the local press.
In short, it’s been a fantastic experience all round!
We were extremely proud to win Inspirational Woman award this year after being shortlisted as finalists in this category and Small Business. The Eva awards are a fantastic way of celebrating women in business in the North west and we were honoured to be finalists amongst such a high calibre of entrants. As a charity the awards means a great deal to us as it acts as a platform for raising the profile of Unique Kidz and Co and the barriers faced by parents of disabled children who want to return to work. The entry and judging process is a great way of reflecting on the achievements of your business and your future goals. I would encourage anyone thinking of entering to just go for it .The awards event itself is an amazing celebration and fantastic event to attend we were over the moon to be winners for a second year.
I launched ideas interiors 18 years ago and although I have gained ongoing acknowledge from my valued clients to win recognition of sole trader 2013 is fantastic. Since winning the award just weeks ago I have booked new clients who have sourced me via Google - my ranking has soared and I am now considering training an apprentice to follow in my footsteps ! I have loved the EVA's process and smile to myself when I glance at my award. They say 'reach for the stars!' - I caught one
I simply loved the Eva's. I have been to many award evenings in the past and although exciting at first the awards tend to go on for so long you end up clapping people without feeling and hoping it will be all over soon. The Eva's simply was NOT like this at all! It was great a really good night out, well organised with great food, great company, (even though we did not know anyone else, we felt welcome) great entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere. I am already looking forward to next year even if I don't enter for an award.
The EVAs have been an amazing experience from start to finish. At the start of the process, just to be nominated was a huge boost to be recognised for my hard work. The application form was simple and straight-forward to complete, and when I found out I was a finalist, I was over the moon! Being a finalist offered great media coverage for our business, with our local paper featuring our company and new product Slouch Mat to help increase the public vote. Although I was a little nervous at first to meet the judges, it turned out to be a really enjoyable experience where I could simply talk through my business journey.
To win Young Entrepreneur was the icing on the cake. It was an amazing feeling to collect my award at a glitzy award ceremony. The atmosphere at the awards ceremony was one of excitement and fun and I met lots of new people that I have now connected with on LinkedIn and Twitter, helping to expand my network of contacts. I have really benefited from the media coverage following winning an EVA, with local press featuring our company and product, helping to boost our profile which has been great for business!
Winning the Eva’s has increased our credibility across our existing customers and they feel confident about working with an award winning organisation. I arrived to deliver training for a new client, The Arndale Centre in Manchester, last week and the first thing they mentioned was the Eva award win. I was able to contact our associates and thank them for their contribution to our success and this has enhanced my relationship with them. The PR is priceless and we are in no doubt that the win will contribute to an increase in sales. This week we have featured in our local newspaper with a great photo.
As founder and director I have worked long hours and put my heart and sole into building up the business over the past 11 years. To gain recognition from outside and beat many other worthy business owners is a very personally rewarding experience.
I would definitely recommend other businesses to enter the awards.
EVA Fever , for me has been the highlight of 2013 and I would really encourage all ladies in business who are out there , quietly getting on with forging their careers , passionately following their dreams and energetically juggling ‘life and stuff’ along the way to take a moment out, have a cuppa and either nominate someone for or apply for an EVA for 2014 .
Sometimes you just need to take a leap and ‘go for it’. And you know ,you’ll get tons of support and encouragement along the way , every step of the way. And shhh, don’t tell anyone but it’s masses of fun – from the launch of the awards to the final song at the gala dinner after the ticker tape has fallen, it ‘s a brilliant brilliant journey with loads of learning on route and you could be a part of that in 2014 – women supporting women and celebrating not just achievement but participation, ambition and community. I was so thrilled and delighted to win – and I would encourage everyone to participate and ‘let your light shine’.