Winning an EVA was fantastic for me and my business, my business was still under 2 years old and was still very new to the market place. Winning “North West Networker of the Year” has opened more doors within the networking circle and given myself and my business credibility for the services that I offer. As it was a public vote for the winner my confidence has grown and my business is now really starting to grow.
It was such a lovely experience being part of the EVAawards this year. Taking part in the process and then actually winning was rewarding, great exposure and loads of fun!
Winning awards gives me and my business the added bonus of being recognised as leaders in our field, always good for our company profile and is great for PR.
Meeting other successful women in business is always inspiring and Pink Link Ladies create the right kind of balance to allow for meaningful and engaging networking whilst celebrating women with great business skills.
We were absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in not one but two categories of Eva awards , New Business and Inspirational Woman. As two mums not from a business background everything is a learning experience for us and we found the interview a positive experience and not too daunting. We went along to the awards evening just looking forward to a good night out and in fact we were so busy admiring the sponsors dress for the “New business award” that we couldn’t believe it when we heard our name called out ! To win New Business out of such a fantastic shortlist was an amazing boost for us and our team as although we are a charity we do have to run like a business especially in the current climate. Being Eva award winners has opened lots of doors for us it’s been a fantastic tool for raising awareness of our charity and also the problems families with disabled children face. I would recommend entering the awards to anyone as it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and promote your achievements.
Finding out that we’d been shortlisted for the Eva Awards was a big surprise, winning two on the night was a HUGE surprise. Winning the awards was a huge deal for us – we love what we do, and we know we are good at it, but the external validation from the awards felt amazing, it was a very emotional experience- we were still giddy weeks afterwards. We were bowled over by the congratulations and support we received from clients, from other award-winners and on social media, and we received some amazing press coverage which really raised our profile. We’ve since gone on to win a few more awards, but our "Eva Award” bookends have retained pride of place in our office! Clients still notice our awards, and being able to say we are multi-award winning is fabulous.
To win the EVA for Small Business 2012 has got to be one of my proudest moments. Having been shortlisted as a finalist was great as I was being recognised by independent professional business women in the first instance, to go onto win – totally blew me away! Customers of Budz by Helen Jane did me proud by going online and voting for me, and after I had won returned to congratulate me! I got some great publicity too for the business, and it still continues! I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d win! we’d been in business almost 12 months on the day I won, so it was a great end to our first year!
I entered the EVAs as a challenge to myself really; I was approaching 50 and thought 'why not'!
I put a lot of thought into the application, but didn't expect for a minute that I would get through. The whole process was enjoyable because it made me focus and articulate what my business is all about.
I went along to the night with the intention of having a good night out with my friends and can honestly say I was gobsmacked to win Sole Trader of the Year. By bedtime my face hurt from laughing !
I would say that winning an EVA award has boosted my confidence in myself as a business owner. I realise I must be doing something right and I now feel that I can compete with the 'big boys'.
I am very proud of my award and can now say I'm an award winner without giggling!